University of Southern Maine – Portland Commons Residence Hall and Career & Student Success Center

Portland, Maine
Client: Capstone Development Partners, University of Southern Maine

Project Description

  • Career and Student Success Center (CSSC) at University of Southern Maine, designed to LEED-Silver certification with a hybrid steel and mass timber structural system, will create a new, vibrant heart of the Portland campus.
  • The CSSC will include space for dining, student organizations, a university store, a Diversity center and veterans and career services.
  • As the first-ever student housing on the Portland campus, the Commons will add 585 beds for undergraduates in their upper-class years and graduate students. Designed to achieve Passive House sustainability certification, the two wings of the building embrace a central courtyard with common areas on the ground floor that spill out onto the street, providing visual interest and activity along a bustling entry point to campus.


Renderings by Elkus Manfredi Architects