University of Southern Maine Portland Commons Residence Hall

University of Southern Maine Portland Commons Residence Hall

Portland Commons Residence Hall is the university’s first on-campus housing facility in Portland and accommodates nearly 600 students. This eight-story residential hall has 385 units, including single-occupancy rooms, studios, and larger multiple-room apartments. Students can comfortably study and relax in the shared kitchen and gathering spaces, semi-private courtyard, and the Sky Lounge, which offers stunning views of Portland’s skyline and Back Cove.

The design of the building prioritizes sustainability and includes a super-insulated building envelope, a geothermal heat pump system, and a photovoltaic solar panel array. The highly sustainable building is the second-largest Passive House university building in the country.

Design Partner: Elkus Manfredi Architects

Client
University of Southern Maine
Location
Portland, ME
Square Feet
246,915
Completion Date
2023
Designed with the imperatives of sustainability and accessibility, the two new buildings are cornerstones of USM’s master plan to attract and retain highly qualified students and faculty.
The site and civil design included stormwater management and utility infrastructure to serve the new buildings while respecting and maintaining existing campus utilities. Stormwater management solutions utilize low-impact development methods and allow for the integration of landscaping into features. A new quad and a courtyard include bioretention swales as part of this project.
The quad leads directly into a student lounge space that includes a projector and screen.
The skylounge on the 8th floor provides students with views of both the water and city.
Dorm room
Photography by Trent Bell.