University of Maine System Trustees gave their unanimous support Monday to the largest construction project in the University of Southern Maine’s history, a $100 million construction of a career and student center and residence hall on the Portland campus.
The new buildings will dramatically improve facilities for all students on the Portland campus, offering a new career hub to better connect students and employers in the community and the campus’s first residence hall. They are tentatively scheduled to begin construction in the spring of 2020 and be complete by the fall of 2022.
President Glenn Cummings thanked Trustees for their extraordinary investment in USM.
“Today is a historic day for the state's higher education landscape,” Cummings said. “USM is excited to announce Trustee approval to advance a transformative $100 million-plus investment that will position our campus to attract out-of-state students, retain Maine’s best and brightest, and connect all students and graduates with future-forward careers in Maine.”
Today’s Trustee approval was a major milestone for this transformative project, which is being funded by a public-private partnership. The project’s developer is Capstone Development Partners, a national leader in developing higher education buildings.
The new career and student center will include dining services, student organizations, open spaces for students, a university store, veterans services and the career hub. The residence hall will have 577 beds in a mixture of bed-and-bath rooms, studio apartments and larger apartments with multiple bedrooms. The new housing would focus on undergraduates in their upper-class years, graduate students and law students.