Agreed. The school and city has a big opportunity to build something substantial, now that Portland is on the national map. No point in making it look like a re-purposed mill building. Who gets excited walking into that? I'll bet many that live in the area (the older ones) are upset at this expansion. I never will forget an old guy's vitriol regarding the idea of closing Bedford Street for only one-way traffic. He went on and on about how he would have to drive around the block to get home. Some people just don't care about anyone or anything but themselves, even though this would create less of a seam for both sides of the campus. You know, "togetherness."I prefer the changes, the previous design reminded me of a textile mill complex.
I know this is old, but as a USM grad myself, I have to reiterate what citylover94 said - I actually paid significantly less for my USM education than I would have for a state school in MA. This is true for all of the other students I spoke with from out of state. The UMaine system has billboards on I-93 in Boston that say "Go to college in Maine for less than the cost of UMass." I think it's a major selling point for the schools and it's the primary reason I picked Maine for college (I started in Farmington to be close to skiing, realized skiing is pricey for a student, so I finished at USM to be closer to Boston). I don't know that my college "experience" was as good as other people I know (USM has a high ratio of commuters, so campus life isn't great), but the lack of debt and the relatively decent education made it absolutely worth it.Outside amenities side, do you feel that the actual USM education is worth the premium you're paying over your state school?
According to the illustration in today's PPH, it looks like Anchor site 1 will be the new building for the law school and graduate business center. It looks a bit crowded though. Perhaps it should be set back and taller, perhaps 10 stories to offset the loss of the footprint. Ideally though, the law school should be Anchor site 2. And the 100,000 GSF building, what will that be? It looks like they will demo the truly hideous current law school building, now made infamous from being labeled one of the ugliest academic buildings in the U.S. I wouldn't argue with that.
Yes, the soccer stadium is important for Portland. Maybe Fitzpatrick becomes the soccer stadium? (Dump those bleachers for a real stadium foundation.) Football is losing popularity, and soccer is gaining. Soccer includes female teams too. It seems the better idea. I would like to see a 25,000 seat facility that is covered for year-round use--soccer and track. And, this is a big one, one side of the seating section that can be moved in, so that basketball can be played (again, year round). Some schools do this to focus more on basketball during Jan-Feb. Not all 25,000 would be for basketball, but more like half. Think ahead. There is no reason why Portland should not have a 10,000 student university. Orono is nearly 10,000 and that's way up north. Portland is close to Boston, which is becoming a crucial tech center for the world. Students want to be close to Boston for grad schools. Portland has ridiculous growth potential.I am interested where the future soccer stadium is going. Also Hadlock field needs to be renovated soon. People in the northeast lose their minds over big time college athletics, but you are so right. Look no further than UConn. If you went back 30 years Storrs, CT/UConn campus looked completely different- in a bad way. Now it rivals UMass but Storrs is still decades behind Amherst.
I like this suggestion, and would add that the main thread is also needing an adjustment: Shouldn’t it read “Greater Portland / Maine” rather than “Portland / Greater Maine”?I think this thread should be renamed "Universities" and combine UNE / USM. I doubt UNE will ever have enough consistent campus development to deserve its own thread.
Much better. No longer looks like a textile complex and every new building in Portland does not need to have a red brick facade. Just read in the PPH that the student center and dormitory has received Planning Board approval with a 7-0 vote.