Sustainable, beautiful, and affordable student housing

The new Portland Commons will offer an attractive addition to our Southeast campus entrance, activating and illuminating the sidewalks of Durham and Bedford Streets.

Current Live View of the Construction

Access a live view of the current activity on the construction site of the new Career and Student Success Center and Portland Commons Residence Hall.

Virtual Tour: Plans for our new Career & Student Success Center

Fly under the timber portico, through the first-floor dining hall and lobby, and onto upper-level floors dedicated to career services and student affairs.

Watch the Career & Student Success Center Topping Off Ceremony

Join us in celebrating the Mass Timber Framing Topping Off Ceremony at the Career and Student Success Center

Welcome to Campus: The Residential Quad

The new Portland campus gateway and central gathering space will welcome students, staff, and faculty members alike, as well as our neighbors and visitors to the University.

The largest Passive House residence hall in the Northeast

The new Portland Commons will be built to Passive House standards — meaning it will be remarkably energy-efficient, with a reduced ecological footprint.

An iconic campus Center built to LEED sustainability standards

By observing Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) principles, we’ll ensure continual efficient use of resources as well as healthy gathering spaces.

Breaking ground in Spring 2021

The University’s transformative project advances our civic and cultural engagement as well as our commitment to student success.

Frequently Asked Questions

Browse additional information about the Portland Campus Development Project.

Watch the Virtual Groundbreaking Celebration

Join us in celebrating the launch of the Portland Campus Development Project, the largest construction endeavor in USM history.