Turrets’ Extreme Makeover

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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