Portland Campus Development Project


participants pose with shovels

USM Breaks Ground on New Alternative Transportation-Focused Parking Garage in Portland

The project officially began in 2021 and is the largest construction endeavor in USM history, according to USM Chief Operating Officer & Chief Business Officer Alec Porteous, who opened the groundbreaking with sincere gratitude for all involved in the project’s development.

Portland Campus Construction Reaches New Heights with Final Panel Placement

Accompanied by the sound of applause, a crane lifted the last structural cross-laminated timber panel into place near the top of the framework of the Career & Student Success Center.

Drivers Get Their Bearings in Reconfigured Parking Garage

A new traffic pattern at the parking garage in Portland is designed to create space for construction of a second garage.
A photo of a pile driver at work on the USM campus

Campus Construction Update (May 14, 2021)

Since the last Campus Construction Update in mid-April, the site of the former Woodbury Campus Center and 25 Bedford Street buildings on the Portland Campus has been cleared of cinder blocks, concrete, twisted steel, and other demolition debris. The plot where the Portland Commons Residence Hall is projected to be completed by June 2023 has been smoothed and leveled, and site preparation work continues apace.
A photo of a small excavator picking cinder blocks

Campus Construction Update (April 12, 2021)

For anyone quartered on USM’s Portland Campus who longed for an unobstructed view of Durham Street, these must be happy days.
A photo of the demolition of Woodbury Campus Center

Campus Construction Update (April 5, 2021)

Now that Woodbury Campus Center has been razed to make way for the Portland Commons Residence Hall, you might be wondering what’s next. First, there’s a little cleanup work to do — about 650 tons’ worth.
USM's New Career & Student Success Center

Board of Trustees authorizes new residence hall, career and student success center for USM’s Portland Campus

The Portland Campus Development Project will dramatically improve the student experience at USM by providing a multi-level, 218,000-square-foot Portland Commons Residence Hall with 580 beds; a three-story, 42,000-square-foot Career & Student Success Center; and a one-acre green space that will become a natural campus gateway and active meeting place for the entire USM community.