University of New England Harold and Bibby Alfond Center for Health Sciences
The design of the new Harold and Bibby Alfond Center for Health Sciences was developed through an analysis of the University of New England’s Portland Campus. Organic growth and aggregation through acquisition created discontinuities in the campus fabric. The buildings stitch together the discontinuous campus and provide the mechanism for future cohesive campus expansion.
The building aligns and engages with the historic Westbrook campus at the pedestrian level by aligning entries and walkways through the remaining residential properties. These connections interconnect the historic college quad and the new quad on this side of campus, defining another epicenter for student engagement.
The Center for Health Sciences realizes UNE’s inter-professional health education mission: integrating students and faculty from across the health disciplines on one campus in an experiential, team-based learning environment. The 109,000-square-foot facility is designed to support discovery through flexible, adaptable interior spaces affording venues for informal and structured interaction in small groups, state-of-the-art labs, and lecture settings.
2. Utilizing the building form to define a new campus quad and creating relationships with the historic campus.
3. Alignment with the new edge of campus.
4. Emphasizing the intersection of the new campus and existing.