Friends School of Portland

Cumberland, Maine


To design, permit and construct a new school building for up to 125 Pre-K through 8th grade students with two parking areas, sidewalks, basketball court and multiple play fields.

BCE Role

Provided construction documentation, construction administration and regulatory permitting. The Friends School chose this property in part because of its abundant natural resources, including the streams and forested areas. The design intent was to limit development to a concise area close to US Route 1, leaving the remainder of the site in its natural state. The undeveloped property consists of woods, freshwater wetlands and a portion of Norton Brook. With two streams converging, developable space outside the 75' stream buffer was limited, but workable.

Project Highlights

  • 16 acre site
  • 12,800 sf building
  • 1.20 acres impervious area
  • 5.07 acres disturbed area
  • Obtained MDEP Wetland and Stormwater Permits
  • Worked with MDEP to allow tree removal in protected stream buffer for solar gains
  • Worked with Army Corps Of Engineers & MDEP regarding potential vernal pool impact
  • MDOT Traffic Movement Permit

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Keywords: Schools, Recreational Fields


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Team Members

  • Soren DeNiord Design Studio
  • Summit Geotechnical
  • Titcomb Associates
  • Albert Frick Associates
  • Traffic Solutions

Start to Completion Date

  • April, 2013 to August, 2015

BCE Services Provided

  • Regulatory Permitting for MDEP and for the Town
  • Army Corps of Engineers Vernal Pool Permitting
  • Grading & Drainage Design
  • Erosion & Sedimentation Control Design
  • Stormwater Management & Mitigation Design
  • Construction Documentation
  • Construction Administration