Maine Academy For Natural Sciences at Good Will Hinckley

Feasibility Study, Addition and Renovations

Hinckley, Maine

Harriman completed an assessment of the historic Moody School (1905), an unused asset on the Good Will-Hinckley Campus. The study evaluated the suitability of the building’s use as educational space for the newly chartered Maine Academy of Natural Science (MeANS). Harriman prepared an overall building analysis including evaluation of the existing building envelope, interior spaces, and structural and mechanical systems. Space programming development in conjunction with the MeANS’s education directors yielded concept designs for additional educational space in anticipation of the Academy’s enrollment growth from 46 students to 200 students within five years.

Harriman’s design for the renovations and building addition celebrate the historic building, while implementing sustainable strategies that will benefit the campus and its students for years to come. Strategies include reuse of the historic building, upgrades to the historic building’s exterior envelope, higher than code required building thermal envelope efficiency, incorporation of highly efficient mechanical systems, and LED lighting solutions. The project goal of net-positive energy will be achieved through energy production via roof mounted photovoltaic array coupled with the low energy demand of the building. Excess energy will be utilized to offset usage of MeANS’s greenhouses adjacent the school.

This project was awarded the 2015 AIA Maine COTE Award for Historic Adaptive Reuse of a Commercial Institution.

Photography by Blind Dog Photo Associates