Colby College

Grossman Hall Renovation & Addition

Project at a Glance

Waterville, ME


Ann Beha Architects, Inc.

Project Type

New Construction

Project Overview

  • Transformation of a historic residence hall into a modern, collaborative international learning center for DavisConnects
  • Coordination with English and German suppliers for the louver system and terra cotta rain screen façade elements, which were both installed by Consigli’s self-perform teams
  • Managing work around an active campus in close proximity to occupied residence halls

Grossman Hall, a historic 1950s dormitory situated in the heart of Colby’s campus, was renovated and expanded to create new program space for DavisConnects, which provides funding and planning services for students interested in global experiences, internships and research. The updated space features interview rooms, reception space, a resource library and offices for mentors, recruiters and counselors.

The historic Grossman Hall underwent a gut renovation that transformed the aging dormitory into a modern, glass-filled building with open offices and collaboration spaces. Consigli’s self-perform teams managed the exterior masonry restoration and replacement of the historic wood windows.

The steel-framed addition, cloaked in curtain wall and a terra cotta rain screen system, provides an unobstructed view of the surrounding Colby campus, as well as daylighting and thermal advantages to the building itself. The addition’s cast-in-place foundations, wood-framed louvers, terra cotta rain screen and Tenemec Aerolon thermal break spray-applied coating were installed by Consigli’s in-house crews. The updated Grossman Hall is targeting LEED Silver certification.