Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Graham Shimmield Residence Hall

Project at a Glance

East Boothbay, ME


Scott Simons Architects

Project Type

New Construction

Project Overview

  • The building is targeting Net Zero Energy Building standards
  • R60-rated roof and partial green roof for insulation and rainwater absorption
  • Working around a fully operational campus

Bigelow Laboratory, a leader in global oceanography has tasked Consigli with building a new 32-bed residence on their main campus. In addition to the student rooms, there will be five apartments to accommodate visiting scientists. The project also includes support spaces, such as a community kitchen, exterior patios, recreation space, warming kitchen, public toilets and laundry area.

The building is being built in accordance with Passive House standards, which includes principles that ensure continuous insulation through entire envelope without any thermal bridging, airtight envelope, preventing loss of conditioned air, high-performance windows and doors, balanced heat and moisture recovery ventilation with minimal space conditioning system and solar gain. The below grade ground floor will be built within the natural slope of the landscape creating a natural amphitheater shape on the exterior. 75 kW photovoltaic arrays will also provide energy for all electric including heating and ventilation. Our team will self-perform the concrete foundation.