The Engineering Education and Design Center (EEDC) is a multi-use academic and laboratory building destined to become the heart of undergraduate engineering education at the University of Maine. The three-story, 107,000 SF state-of-the-art facility will help meet Maine’s engineering workforce needs and address increased enrollment demands for UMaine’s engineering programs. The EEDC is being designed in partnership with Ellenzweig, a Boston architectural firm focused on the design of teaching and research laboratories.
The Engineering Education and Design Center is a strategic, technology-rich configuration of teaching spaces, laboratories, collaborative areas, and public spaces designed to support engineering education, design, and research. The EEDC’s focal point is a series of hands-on, team-based laboratories where students from multiple engineering disciplines will collaborate on design projects. While several departments will utilize the building, the EEDC is intended to specifically house UMaine’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and the biomedical engineering portion of the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, as well as the key teaching laboratory for Mechanical Engineering Technology.
The EEDC’s primary entrance opens into an expansive Welcome and STEM Outreach Center, designed to accommodate touring groups and gatherings. Classrooms at EEDC range in sizes and can be easily reconfigured from lecture to active learning. The new building will also offer a light-filled, collaborative commons with café in close proximity to student workspaces and team rooms. Other spaces include faculty and staff offices, conference rooms, and non-formal meeting areas.
The University of Maine’s new Engineering Education and Design Center is being designed to LEED certification standards. It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2022.