CASTINE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A groundbreaking ceremony took place Saturday at the Maine Maritime Academy for the new ABS Center for Engineering, Science and Research.
Over the last 15 years, Maine Maritime has expanded its enrollment from 650 to 950 full time students while barely expanding its facilities.
According to staff, this will be the first new academic building constructed on campus in over thirty years.
"Advancements in engineering, science and research require us to have contemporary teaching and laboratory facilities so that we can prepare young women and men for successful careers," explains M.M.A. President Dr. Bill Brennan, "The construction of this new facility is likely to be among the most important initiatives Maine Maritime Academy will accomplish this decade."
Staff members say that over 65% of the project's funding has come from donations gifts and grants.