November 3, 2012

Construction at Colby College to add space for art and science

Three new buildings and renovations free up other areas for academics and student residences.

By Amy Calder acalder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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Construction progresses on the new science building at Colby College in Waterville.

Photos by David Leaming/Morning Sentinel

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Workers drill holes to install the geothermal system that will help heat the new science building at Colby.

Staf photo by David Leaming

Once the museum addition is completed, it will be the largest museum in Maine, according to Whitney. The addition and renovation is being done by Consigli Construction Co. of Portland.

"The addition is a glass cube, essentially, but the front of it will have a piece of art installed on that front wall," Whitney said. "It'll be illuminated at night."

The installation is by American artist Sol LeWitt. Collins said one of the missions of the museum is to make it welcoming to the community.

"It's not just for Colby students," he said.

The addition, visible to motorists on Mayflower Hill Drive, will house galleries, staff offices and storage areas, as well as academic space on the top floor.

The size of the museum's lobby has been increased significantly and the ceiling raised as part of the project, Whitney said.

A multipurpose space has been added that is geared toward school groups that visit the museum.

"That has been a real priority of the museum for years, as it brings busloads of public and private school children from all over Maine and really sees this as a resource for the community," Collins said.

The Alex Katz gallery and a small adjacent gallery are open and accessible via a temporary entrance on the north side of the building, but most of the museum is closed during construction.

The final event in Colby's bicentennial, being celebrated in 2012-2013, will be the opening of the Alfond-Lunder Pavilion.

 

Morning Sentinel Staff Writer Amy Calder can be contacted at 861-9247 or at:

acalder@centralmaine.com

 

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