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COA Davis Center for Human Ecology

Bar Harbor, ME
  • Photo credit: Jen Holt Photography.

Overlooking Frenchman Bay, this new two-story building is part of an ongoing multi-phased effort to re-imagine the north edge of College of the Atlantic’s 38-acre academic campus. Interior spaces include art design studios; a double-height steel-framed teaching greenhouse; and laboratories for zoology, geology, chemistry and botany.

The L-shaped wood-framed structure was constructed in accordance with German Passive House energy efficiency standards. It has a site energy use intensity (EUI) of only 11, over 90% below the baseline national average. Sustainable features include solar panels, exposed interior glulam beams, and narrow bay-facing windows that insulate occupants against the frigid winters of coastal Maine.

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