Maine Hall Conversion
Fore Solutions, acquired by Thornton Tomasetti in 2012, served as sustainability and LEED consultant for the renovation and conversion of the landmarked Maine Hall, which has been certified LEED Silver. Built in 1834 as a dormitory for the Bangor Theological Seminary, the building now provides 28 new and energy-efficient affordable apartment units for seniors. The project’s main challenges were to preserve the historic building’s architecture while incorporating new construction and creating a high-performance affordable housing project. We performed energy modeling and focused on performance solutions for the entire building rather than prescriptive measures. Energy savings were achieved through an improved building envelope and efficient lighting fixtures, plumbing fixtures and HVAC system. We considered the durability of the old brick veneer for the ideal amount of insulation to be installed. Materials such as flooring, bricks, doors, trim, framing lumber, mantels and granite were salvaged and reused in construction leading to a savings of 8.38% of total material costs. The use of new construction materials was minimized and 64% of construction waste was recycled. Community Housing of Maine was the client. The architect was CWS Architects.