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Green Building Award for Coastal Studies Center

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Design team member Rene Brakels. Photo: Centerbrook Architects & Planners.

At an award ceremony on October 7, 2021, the newly expanded 118-acre Harpswell facility, located about thirteen miles from Bowdoin’s main campus, was honored with the Connecticut Green Building Council’s (CTGBC) 2021 Institutional Merit Award.

 “We’re thrilled that the Council has recognized Bowdoin College’s commitment to a sustainable future with this award,” said Rene Brakels, a member of the design team at Centerbrook Architects & Planners, which oversaw the recently completed expansion. “We’re particularly proud that the new buildings met stringent Passive House high-performance specifications while maintaining the look and feel of a rustic Maine camp.”

Kris Coperine is co-chair of the awards committee at the CTGBC, which she said has been pivotal in bringing awareness and recognition to innovative sustainability-focused building projects for the last fifteen years. “Our message,” she explained, “is that dreaming of making green, energy-efficient, healthy buildings creates opportunities for collaboration, addresses social equity and environmental problems, and results in beautiful structures to live, work, and play in.”

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