Roux Center for the Environment Bowdoin College

“This new building will bring together scholars and students from across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. It will create innovative opportunities for coordination and collaboration in research, teaching, and scholarship, and enable new and enhanced engagement with those involved in teaching, research, policy, practical uses, and stewardship of the environment locally, in the region, across America, and around the world.” –CLAYTON ROSE



Corner of Harpswell Road and College Street (main entrance)


29,167 total square feet with a 10,000-square-foot footprint


Two and three stories above grade; forty-four feet overall height above grade


Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. Boston, Massachusetts

C7A has completed eight other projects at Bowdoin including academic, residential, administrative, and athletic facilities.


May 2017


Fall 2018

Bowdoin Is a Leader in the Study of the Environment

Bowdoin is a leader in the study of the environment because of its extraordinary location on the coast of Maine and its decades-long interdisciplinary approach, a dedication to placing the environment at the center of intellectual and social life, and a commitment to place-based research and teaching that trains students to rigorously analyze and communicate complex environmental problems.

Environmental issues are studied by faculty and students in the departments of biology, chemistry, earth and oceanographic science, economics, government and legal studies, history, English, and programs in Arctic studies and environmental studies, among other areas of inquiry.

Ongoing research takes place on Bowdoin’s campus, at the Bowdoin Scientific Station in the Bay of Fundy, at the Coastal Studies Center in Harpswell, and on land acquired by the College at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

Transforming the Study of the Environment at Bowdoin

Bowdoin seeks to expand this field of study and its potential with a facility that fosters a new level of teamwork and creativity. Bringing faculty members who teach in different disciplines in facilities around campus together will spark collaboration, innovation, growth, and discovery.

To address these challenges and to reflect modern principles governing thoughtful architectural design and function in academic settings, Bowdoin is embarking on the construction of its greenest and most advanced academic building to date: the Roux Center for the Environment.

Building on a $10-million lead gift from David and Barbara Roux P’14, Bowdoin will set a precedent through the realization of innovative architectural design coupled with sophisticated, forward-thinking academic planning.

Faculty offices and research labs are located in the east bar while all of the teaching spaces, classrooms, and labs are located on the west. Between the two bars, informal common space separates offices, labs, and classrooms with glass partitions that visually connect the internal space. At the top of the building, the Center will have a vegetative roof that will also serve as an outdoor teaching classroom and gathering terrace.
Lecture Hall and Common Space

Interdisciplinary Environmental Scholarship

The goals of environmental studies at Bowdoin are twofold:

• to encourage broad environmental literacy through course offerings and cocurricular activities available to all students,

• and to build a solid foundation for the diverse environmentally related career paths our graduates will follow.

A vegetative roof will include outdoor terraces and classroom space.
Through interdisciplinary courses, majors, minors, and independent research, students acquire the skills of using multiple perspectives and synthesizing new approaches to solving complex problems.

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