Kennebec Valley Community College Lunder Library

Fairfield, Maine

This new center has the classrooms the college needs to expand its information technology program and a new library that provides on-campus study areas for the commuters who make up the student body.
The curved front sets the building apart and reinforces its prominence at the head of a planned campus quad.
A southern exposure lets in plenty of natural light — a bonus in gray winters. And a shed roof gives shade over a porch in summer. Clerestory windows on the back of the shed roof let in northern light, which has fewer of the ultraviolet rays that cause paper to deteriorate.
Included in American School & University’s Architectural Portfolio of Outstanding School & University Design and awarded an Honorable Mention in College Planning & Management magazine’s Education Design Showcase.
Photography by Bob Benson