Turrets renovations began in April 2013.

Since April 2013 renovations have been underway on COA’s iconic Turrets and if you’ve been on campus at all this summer, you’ve seen – and heard – all the action. To showcase all the work and updates that have been made, we’ve offered a handful of hard hat tours so that the community can see first-hand what’s been going on. More importantly, these tours have been an opportunity to educate the community on why the restoration project is happening in the first place, but also how we’re doing it. The Mount Desert Islander attended a recent hard hat tour and covered the Turrets progress in a recent edition of the paper, complete with a few photos. You can read the full-length version of the story in the hard copy edition.

Extreme Makeover

Written by Dick Broom
Monday, August 26, 2013 at 11:23 am

But it’s probably best that he didn’t because that name would have proved problematic today.
As part of a massive exterior restoration project, the building’s seven chimneys were removed, and only three are being rebuilt.

“We’re just putting back the three we actually use,” said Millard Dority, director of campus planning and buildings at College of the Atlantic (COA), which owns the building that Emery named Turrets. “There are clearly environmental reasons for taking the other chimneys down, so that they’re not constantly conducting heat out of the building.”

An architectural jewel that was the first structure in Bar Harbor to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Turrets is the administrative center of the college and is used for both formal school functions and casual student gatherings.

The restoration project began in April and is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.

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About Heather Anderson

As a tomboy in southern Maine, I spent my youth playing kickball and night tag, building forts in the woods, and reading every single book I could get my hands on. I find endless joy in sitting on my porch, no matter the season. I'm still a relatively new addition to the COA community, but my experience here has been one of the best things to ever happen to me. I love what this college stands for, what it does, and how it does it. Few things make me happier than messing around with my camera, long walks in the woods with my dog Roscoe, traveling adventures with my friends, and hitting the water with my kayak.

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