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Construction of the $78 million Engineering Education and Design Center (EEDC) on the University of Maine campus began in May 2020, with workers following state-mandated health and safety guidelines. Work on the 105,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed in spring 2022.

Design and construction of EEDC involved 78 graduates of the University of Maine, many from the College of Engineering. Over 500 alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations contributed to the fund-raising effort. Retired power industry executive and Skowhegan, Maine native, Jim Ferland and his wife Eileen provided a $10-million naming gift for the new Center. Jim Ferland earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine in 1964.

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