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Colby College Athletic Center

The largest project in Colby College history, the new Athletic Center is being designed to the highest possible LEED standards.

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Project Details

Project Partners
Hopkins Architects Partnership with Sasaki Associates
Colby College
Waterville, Maine
Completion Date
340,000 ft²
Targeting SITES Silver & LEED Gold Certification
Colby College's athletic center in Waterville, Maine. Courtesy Colby College / Hopkins Architects
Colby College's athletic center in Waterville, Maine. Courtesy Colby College / Hopkins Architects


The new athletic center for Colby College will replace existing facilities with a 340,000-foot facility that includes an indoor track-and-field competition center, aquatic center, squash center, gymnasium, hockey arena, fitness center and studios as well as training rooms and coaching suites. In addition to three new relocated fields, the center will also house Maine's only Olympic-sized pool and New England's only Myrtha pool.

We are providing sustainability services to Hopkins Architects and Sasaki Architects for the athletic center, which is scheduled to open in 2020.


  • As the owner’s sustainability consultant, Thornton Tomasetti managed the SITES and LEED documentation process and offered sustainability strategy recommendations to the design team, tracked compliance with LEED and SITES throughout design and construction and reviewed and submitted LEED and SITES documentation to the Green Building Certification Institute.
  • Sustainability features include:
    • Native plantings that mimic the natural landscape, provide habitat, and eliminate irrigation
    • Onsite rainwater management amenities, such as bioswales and meadowed buffers
    • 52% reduction in energy usage against a code building
    • 50% reduction in indoor potable water use
    • An open-air atrium will provide outdoor light throughout the complex.
colby Courtesy Colby College / Hopkins Architects
Inside Colby's New Athletics Center