Foxcroft Academy Dorm

Client: Foxcroft Academy
Cost: $2,600,000
Completed: 2012

Foxcroft Academy approached us in the fall of 2011 with a great challenge: Design a dormitory for 36 students and 4 dorm parents by August of 2012. Along with their building committee, we set off to find a suitable site. Despite restrictions involving vernal pool setbacks we were able to secure a site. Then we assisted in finding a contractor through a selected interview process. Four contractors were interviewed and Bowman Constructors was selected. We used a construction manager process with a GMP (guaranteed maximum price) contract. Construction of the 11,500 s.f. building started in March and was completed successfully by the deadline of August 21. The “lodge” inspired design has a focus on natural light throughout, a hierarchy of scale elements, and an overall Maine experience for the boarding student population.

Energy efficiency

We take energy efficiency very seriously at our firm. Rather than just adding elements to achieve a rating, we integrate systems and materials to maximize the energy system of the entire design as a whole.

Some of the features of our design include:


  • R-38 blown-in insulation
  • Truss heel height that allows for proper eave insulation


  • Fiberglass windows
  • Energy Star rated Marvin Integrity windows

Exterior Walls:

  • R-21 exterior walls
  • Blown-in insulation & exterior rigid insulation

Heating and ventilation:

  • Radiant floor heating
  • 2 wall-mounted LP Boilers
  • HRV units throughout to maintain proper air changes for a “healthy” building