The University of Maine has announced a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor for construction of a new engineering center on its Orono campus.
The single largest capital gift in UMaine history will support construction of a planned Engineering Education and Design Center featuring laboratories and classrooms dedicated to team-based, hands-on experiences that prepare graduates for careers in engineering. To be designed by Bangor-based WBRC Architects Engineers and Boston-based Ellenzweig, the $80 million center will also support modern, interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and have room for groups to work on senior capstone projects.
UMaine has an almost 99 percent placement rate in careers or graduate school for its engineering graduates, and demand for engineers in the state continues to grow.
While the donor, identified only as a parent of a UMaine engineering graduate, wishes to remain anonymous, the terms of the gift include a naming option that can be exercised in the future.
"This investment builds on the remarkable growth and success of UMaine engineering, one of our seven signature areas of excellence," said University of Maine president Susan J. Hunter. "We've seen a 70 percent growth in undergraduate enrollment in the College of Engineering since 2001. The Engineering Education and Design Center will help the College of Engineering expand its capacity to help meet student demand and Maine's need for engineers."