This is another detail lacking arch design in which you really only know what its going to look like after it's up. I like its form, but as we know, the final materials can dramatically improve or ruin a building. But beggars can't be choosy, I guess. Love what's going on at this campus. It's about time. The Portland campus is the future of USM--period. But for crucial supportive revenue a college needs competitive sports programs. I don't think student musical recitals will bring in anything substantial, or not like a 50 Cent concert would. Sports. Sports is where it's at. A giant, glass, air conditioned, walkway (wide enough for bikes, scooters, and a few kiosks) should be built at the entrance of the garage snaking across the freeway and terminating at Portland Stadium. An entire renovated--and roof retractable--stadium seating up to 35,000 for track and soccer (football is too big a stretch here, plus the field dimensions are limiting for other sports) could be constructed (bear with me naysayers). And, connectors to the ice arena, the baseball stadium, and a somewhat renovated Exposition building. Now, you have a much bigger market for the merchandising, and with the husky dog variation potential, easy, easy sales. USM has a GREAT looking and emotionally evoking mascot. For big hockey games, the team could play at CIA. For big basketball games, it would be CIA and this new facility (Syracuse Univ. does this, way, way, way, way up in the northern no-man's land of New York state). It's not hard. No, it's not (sorry to answer for you). With so many wealthy part-time residents in Maine the money could be found. Except, I admit, we have another problem. But it's easy to fix. Well, somewhat, anyway. Simply change your thinking to "we can" instead of "we can't." The default Maine way is, "It can't be done!... There's no parking!... We don't do that in Maine!" You live by what you believe in. I've seen this type of endeavor completed at colleges in podunk towns across the U.S., so why not here? Think about it. If enough people think that they can do it--as a collective--the resulting energy becomes infectious and quite powerful.
I think it's a good idea, but remember that USM is a NCAA DIII team. Syracuse and similar massive universities are DI, which attract much more national attention and have massive student and alumni populations to pull from. DIII athletics are extracurriculars, these kids very rarely go on to the pros. They know that. Syracuse spent $83 million on their athletics programs in 2020 alone. Orono spent $18 million... USMs Department of Athletics's total operating budget, including payroll and general operations, is approximately $2.8 million...
Even on USM's website "Athletics is an important and exciting part of student life at the University of Southern Maine. Sponsoring 22 NCAA Division III intercollegiate teams and nearly 500 student-athletes". Many USM students are non-traditional, commuters and older folks. Is it possible? Yes it is possible, but not without massive, massive investment from the UMaine system and recruitment. Right now, any serious sports dollars the system spends in bulk goes to the DI programs in Orono where the infrastructure already exists. Hell, USM doesn't even have a football team.
Portland is an art town, a music town. (Sometimes a sports town when the Seadogs and Mariners are doing okay). It makes sense that USM is investing strongly in the arts. Yes, it might not be lucrative right now, but it makes sense. Also, the $5 million wouldn't go far to be competitive against D1 programs, or quite frankly even other DIII programs that are highly funded (see Bowdoin, Bates, Colby, Trinity). USM wants to attract students and build a powerful new Portland campus. It makes sense that they're investing their limited funds in housing, a new campus center and a state of the art performance hall.
Can it be done? Yes. Would it work? I don't know, but it would cost a fortune.