• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.

    Acadia

    National Park Maine

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • Temporary Road Closure

    A section of the Western Mtn Road in Southwest Harbor will be closed until 8/18 while park crews replace a culvert with a new fish-friendly open bottom culvert. For more information and a map visit our Getting Around Page. More »

  • Trail Closure: Gorge Path weekdays, 7 am - 4 pm

    The section of the Gorge Path between the Hemlock Path intersection and the A. Murray Young Trail intersection is closed until rehabilitation work is completed. The closure will be in effect Mondays through Fridays only, from 7 am to 4 pm.

Renovations Begin at SERC

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
Date: April 10, 2006
Contact: Jim Vekasi, (207) 288-8750

Winter Harbor, ME. The National Park Service has awarded a $3 million contract to P&S Construction for the construction of an auditorium at the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) in Acadia National Park, according to Sheridan Steele, Superintendent. The National Park Service is converting the former navy base at Schoodic to the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC), and the auditorium is the first major building renovation since the U.S. Navy transferred the property in July 2002.

The auditorium will be a centerpiece for SERC providing critical meeting and lecture space for researchers and students of all ages. The 6,800-square foot building, designed by Oest Associates of South Portland, will contain a 125-seat auditorium and flexible meeting space for up to 100 people. It will employ state of the art audio-visual and telecommunications equipment.

Project funds for this phase of the adaptive reuse of the former Navy base are from a collaboration of the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment, the State of Maine, and the National Park Service (entrance fee revenues from Acadia NP). The auditorium will incorporate the existing foundation and utility system of the former commissary building. The cost to overcome the commissary’s low ceiling, building code deficiencies, and other constraints made demolishing most of the existing building a better value. The construction contract also includes new parking and landscaping around the building. The National Park Service expects the new facility to be completed by the end of 2006 with work commencing the week of April 10.

The National Park Service is partnering with the nonprofit organization, Acadia Partners for Science and Learning, to manage the auditorium along with food and lodging facilities at SERC. The mission of SERC is to facilitate education and research that promotes the understanding, protection, and conservation of the natural and cultural resources of the National Park System, and advances related research at the regional, national, and international levels.

The National Park Service awarded the contract to P&S Construction under the provisions of section 8(A) of the Small Business Act, which created a program administered by the Small Business Administration to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy. P&S Construction is headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, with offices in Bangor, Maine.

Did You Know?

Bronze statue of a Passamaquoddy man

Saint Croix Island International Historic Site is a National Park Service site located within three hours of Acadia. Saint Croix commemorates the first French attempt at a permanent settlement in N. America. Explore the mainland site with an interpretive trail featuring bronze statues and waysides. More...