Maine Housing is an independent state agency that assists low and moderate-income families with housing assistance. Originally built in the mid-1980s as a data center, the existing building is a two-story brick structure with partial ribbon fenestration. This project required creative re-imagining to convert an outdated structure into inviting, light-filled workspaces.

To support the client’s business, operations, and culture, we planned “neighborhoods” connected by managerial offices. This interconnected layout softened the existing structure and opened the space to collaboration. Employee wellness and comfort were also central to the design concept: expansive exterior vertical windows and skylights flood the space with natural light.

Project Overview






67,000 Square Feet

Key Contacts

Mark Burnes, AIA, NCARB
Peter Pinkerton, IIDA, NCIDQ

Thoughtfully designed for employee wellness

Using some of the original 1980s structure allowed for thoughtfully designed workspaces. The existing raised flooring was repurposed to run utilities through the office space and to the workstations without the need for unsightly power poles.

Minimal visual barriers, low partitions, and translucent surfaces allow natural daylight to permeate the space. Sit-to-stand workstations facilitate a healthy, flexible work environment. Low VOC materials and surfaces further contribute to a workplace that prioritizes the well-being of its inhabitants.

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