Impressed with Dacon’s approach to the design process, working methodology and laboratory experience, the University of Maine chose Dacon from a wide field of experienced university architects to design the Forest Bioproducts Research Initiative (FBRI) Technology Center. Working collaboratively with a committee of FBRI research scientists, engineers and project managers, Dacon was involved in programming, designing and phasing a $1.5 million, 40,000 SF renovation and build-out of a high-security industrial building for the Orono campus. Dacon also provided cost estimates and life-cycle cost analysis throughout the process.
The Technology Center includes flexible, high-bay laboratory space for pilot scale industrial research, as well as material handling, fabrication, cold storage, and office space for researchers and scientists. Private industry partners will also use the facility to develop and demonstrate emerging biomass conversion technologies. A high level of security will be maintained throughout the facility.