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Updated: April 15, 2024

PC Construction receives award from Associated General Contractors of America

view of big buildings and lawn Courtesy / PC Construction The connected McGoldrick Center and Portland Commons, on a one-acre green quad, has a total value of $83.6 million and was the school’s largest construction project.

PC Construction Co., headquartered in South Burlington, Vt., with an office in Portland, received an award from Associated General Contractors of America for its work on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland Commons Residence Hall and McGoldrick Center for Career and Student Success.

The project, completed in 2023, earned a Construction Risk Partners Build America Award in the $76 million to $125 million new building category. 

The two connected facilities on a one-acre green quad, with a total value of $83.6 million, was the largest in the school’s history. The 218,000-square-foot, eight-story Portland Commons student residence hall includes 580 beds with single-occupancy rooms, studios and multi-bedroom apartments. 

The 42,000-square-foot, five-story McGoldrick Center for Career & Student Success has a career and employment hub, meeting rooms, study spaces and amenities including a dining common, coffee shop and pub. 

Portland Commons is the schools first residence hall on its Portland campus. The goal of the McGoldrick Center is to contribute to campus life outside of the classroom, providing opportunities for collaboration and connection. 

rendering of hallway and staircase with people
Courtesy / PC Construction
The goal of the McGoldrick Center is to contribute to campus life outside of the classroom.

Portland Commons, built with an insulation and efficient building design, is the second-largest Passive House building at a university in the U.S. The McGoldrick Center, with its large-scale 33.3-kW rooftop photovoltaic array and passive solar heating, is pending LEED Gold certification.

“We selected PC Construction for their reputation in the higher education industry of professionalism, solution-minded approaches, and high-quality construction,” said Jacqueline Edmondson, the university’s president. 

PC Construction, led by Matt Cooke, served as the design-builder working with the design team of Elkus Manfredi Architects and SMRT Architects and Engineers, in partnership with developer Capstone Development Partners.

PC Construction offers general contracting, construction management and design-build services to private and public clients across the country. The company manages projects along the East Coast from its headquarters in Vermont and a network of locations in Florida, Georgia, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic. 

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