USM-Gorham Campus


USM-Gorham Campus

Gorham, ME


About this Project

Since the mid 1990s, the University of Southern Maine (USM) has completed several significant projects at the Gorham Campus to improve the athletic department and on-campus residential housing facilities.  Many of these projects also included expansion of the on-campus parking supply, as well as dramatic improvements to the internal vehicular access drive network, including construction of a secondary access road (a.k.a. Husky Drive) to Route 25.

Fay, Spofford & Thorndike (FST) provided services in conjunction with sixteen (16) facility improvement projects at the USM Gorham Campus.  These projects included the construction of 4,500 linear feet of on-site access roads, several vehicular parking lot areas containing over 1,200 spaces, three water quality retention ponds, and site/infrastructure improvements associated with the new building facilities.  Permit approvals for the projects included Town of Gorham Site Plan and Special Exception approval, Maine Department of Environment Protection Site Location of Development Act Permit (initial campus-wide permit, and subsequent permit amendments/ modifications required for each project), and a Maine Department of Transportation Traffic Movement Permit.  These projects were completed through a series of individual construction contracts completed since 1996.

Fay, Spofford & Thorndike (FST) was retained by the University of Southern Maine (USM) to provide conceptual planning, civil site design, permitting and construction phase services associated with the redevelopment of the existing natural turf athletic field.  The project was ultimately designed to be implemented in three phases of construction to match available funding for the project.

The first phase of the project included the design and construction of a 245’ x 380’ multi-purpose synthetic turf athletic field to accommodate the University’s men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse programs.

The second phase of the project will include the installation of a stadium lighting system.  The third and final phase of the project will include the construction of a 400-seat fixed seating stadium for spectators with restrooms, concessions and raised press box.


More Information

Client: University of Southern Maine

Location: Gorham, ME

Highlights: Project included:

• Costello Sport Complex (Field House), constructed in 1997
• Ice Arena, constructed in 1998
• Philippi Residence Hall, constructed in 2000
• Towers Field and Spectator Stadium (baseball), constructed in 2002
• John Mitchell Building Expansion, constructed in 2003
• Dickey-Woods Residence Hall Parking Improvements, constructed in 2006
• Collaborative Daycare Facility constructed in 2006
• Upper Classman (296-bed) Residence Hall, constructed in 2007
• Multi-purpose (synthetic turf) Athletic Field Complex, constructed in 2011