Located in Portland’s historic West End neighborhood next to Maine Medical Center, Crescent Heights is a unique facility specifically designed with the help of student focus groups to provide a balance to the demands of working and learning the medical field.
The 11 units house 44 medical students and residents and was Maine’s first multi-family LEED Platinum certified building. The facility uses 37% less energy than current standards, is built with sustainable materials and has a reduced carbon footprint. In addition, neighborhood concerns such as institutional expansion, on street parking, local traffic flow, and the stability of the housing market were at the forefront during the design. In this case, a smart growth solution proved to be best for both users and the neighborhood as students are now consolidated next door to where they work and learn in a modern facility designed specifically with their needs in mind.
Crescent Heights was also designed to help the state of Maine to future doctors, and combat the shortage of physicians in the state. To that end, it was important to give them a world-class living environment during their time here. Maine products were used wherever possible, and the entire design team was composed of local professionals. All Maine artwork punctuates colorful walls and corridors, creating an atmosphere that is at once the leading edge of technology and sustainability while capturing what is best about the quality of life and place in our state.