Maine Academy of Natural Sciences at Good Will-Hinckley wins two more awards:
- American School & University Architectural Portfolio Outstanding Design Award 2016
- LEARNING BY DESIGN Outstanding Project Award, Fall 2016
The historic preservation project at the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences at Good Will-Hinckley took a 110-year-old building, which had stood empty for 40 years, and created an energy-efficient and sustainable environment capable of accommodating an anticipated enrollment growth from 46 students to more than 200 students within five years. Located in Central Maine on several hundred acres of wilderness, organic farmland and river frontage, the school’s program is tailored to introducing students in grades 9-12 to careers in farming, forestry, sustainability, alternative energy and other related fields. The original 12-classroom school was renovated and an addition allowed for five new, state-of-the-art classrooms and lab space, creating a total of 23,580 SF. The building was designed to an energy usage level approximately 30% less than conventional educational buildings, thanks to a highly insulated envelope and energy-efficient mechanical and lighting systems. Daylight was maximized in the design, and 267 photovoltaic panels were installed. Storm water runoff is collected and utilized in the adjacent hay fields.