Maine Academy of Natural Sciences at Good Will-Hinckley

Historic Preservation and Net-Positive Building Performance

Hinckley, Maine

Harriman’s historic preservation project at the Charles E. Moody School Maine Academy of Natural Sciences at Good Will-Hinckley transformed an unused national register listed historic school on a rural campus into a modern 21st century school. The design respects the historic building (1905-06), retaining much of the original character while developing highly energy efficient alterations and a classroom addition.

During the feasibility study, Harriman assisted the Trustees to reach a decision to reuse the underutilized campus asset rather than construct a new building to house the newly chartered Maine Academy of Natural Science (MeANS). Space programming developed with the educators required a design that could accommodate enrollment growth from 46 students to 200 students within five years.

Harriman used its skills in sustainable design to transform the empty historic building into a net-positive charter school building. This was accomplished by redesigning the building’s thermal envelope, roof and attic design, improving natural ventilation, LED lighting and controls, daylight harvesting, thermal efficient windows and glazing and a modern HVAC system. 296 photovoltaic panels were installed on the roof and provided a sustainable energy harvesting source. Good Will-Hinckley was Maine’s first “Net Plus” school. The school uses approximately 77,000 kWh annually, leaving a “net positive” of 13,000 kWh of clean, renewable power. This power offsets energy needs of adjacent greenhouses and other facilities on campus.

This project was awarded the 2015 AIA Maine COTE Award for Historic Adaptive Reuse of a Commercial Institution.

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