This mixed-use student housing facility is the flagship of a multi-pronged investment to revitalize Waterville’s Main Street. Alfond Commons completes the downtown cityscape and strengthens town-gown relations. The five-story structure consists of four floors of residential space, with retail and student amenities at the ground floor. Its street level expression includes granite piers and storefronts that allude to the vernacular retail architecture of New England cities and towns. Glazed curtain walls at significant corners create transparency, blurring the lines between college and city. The project features a community forum that hosts city council meetings, lectures, and other events. Residential floors are faced in red brick with masonry ornamentation, with bay projections that create rhythm and visual interest. As at street level, wraparound glazing at these projections invites panoramic views into student apartments, reminding the residents that they are members of both the Colby and Waterville communities.
Alfond Commons will be home to 200 students, all of whom will be participating in a civic engagement program to foster community relationships and problem solving.
Civic engagement programming is a central focus of the Alfond Commons mixed-used project.
Colby officials have said they want to break ground on the project this spring and have the five-story building ready for occupancy in the fall of 2018.
Colby College’s activity downtown, including the construction of a new residence hall, is a big part of what’s spurring the surge.
The historic bank building has been vacant for years but now has collaborative office work space as part of the city’s revitalization efforts.
Enjoy the latest drone footage of Colby’s new student apartment complex in downtown Waterville.
Colby College’s huge investment in Waterville, including the construction of the four-story Alfond Commons, is becoming more and more visible.
The restaurant will be an anchor to the revitalization efforts being led the city and Colby College.
As the final steel beam was raised onto what will be a Colby College dormitory at 150 Main St., more than 100 residents, city officials and college staff members cheered.