L.L. Bean donates $850,000 to USM for campus, scholarships


L.L. Bean is giving the College of Southern Maine Basis $850,000 to assist help a brand new campus middle with a inexperienced campus quad and a scholarship in environmental science.

Many of the cash – $750,000 – will go towards building of the 42,000-square-foot Profession & Pupil Success Heart for college kids, college, alumni and employers to attach and collaborate. The constructing will overlook an acre of inexperienced house, to be named the Bean Inexperienced, which can rework what had been a paved parking zone.

The middle, a campus quad and the adjoining Portland Commons residence corridor, now underneath building, are a part of a metamorphosis of USM’s Portland campus.

The middle goals to attain Management in Power and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification. It would function a two-story stone fire and an adjoining gathering house that might be known as the “Double L Hearth Lounge.” The constructing additionally will home an expanded “Profession & Employment Hub” which can assist to attach USM graduates with jobs in Maine.

The constructing will use low-carbon applied sciences and inexperienced constructing supplies, akin to cross-laminated timber panels, a rooftop photo voltaic photovoltaic array tied to the electrical grid, and energy-efficient constructing and web site design.

The brand new scholarship might be generally known as the L.L. Bean Environmental Science Endowed Scholarship.

The items had been introduced Thursday throughout a topping-off ceremony for the residence corridor, with the ultimate structural beam lifted into place.

“This new constructing, with its inexperienced quad within the middle, will make it straightforward for busy college students to construct exterior time into their day by day routines and expertise the restorative energy of nature simply exterior its door,” Shawn Gorman, government chairman of L.L. Bean, mentioned through the ceremony.

“The brand new middle will grow to be the campus crossroads for our numerous neighborhood, with an inviting outside house – the Bean Inexperienced – on the coronary heart of all of it,” USM President Glenn Cummings mentioned.

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