Camp Kieve, Maine

Camp Kieve began life as a Summer Boys Camp located on Damariscotta Lake in 1926 as the dream of the Kennedy family which is in its third generation of leadership. The mission of the camp expanded greatly with the Leadership School which serves middle school children across Maine and New England for a week of outdoor based Leadership skill training. The state of Maine has benefited from this tremendous outreach program with nearly 10,000 students, teachers, administrators, campers and counselors using this 75 acre campus every year. It has been an honor work with this storied institution since 2000 developing a masterplan to allow the campus to support this great responsibility. We have worked in deep collaboration with key management groups in the institution: Management, Business/Economic, Facilities/Maintenance, Program staff, and just as important the Support Staff. Through this umbrella approach we vet each phase of development. Kresge Foundation rewarded this approach by bestowing a $900K Green Grant which was based on the ‘deep sustainable thinking’ used to develop an effective campus which responds as much as possible to real time needs-the foundation of Sustainable Thinking. The scope of work involved: new walking path system, upgraded and new road support system, 12 new and improved building ranging from Dorm/Bunkhouses to Climbing Building, support buildings. Alternative strategies are employed with solar heat, natural lighting and ventilation, extremely low maintenance structures which reduces both annual costs and lifetime costs and hence a strong/quiet Sustainable Strategy. It cannot be emphasized enough how critical it is to have an open and supportive design environment in the construction of such a facility. In the core Kieve way-there is much fun along the path of ‘making’ in an integrated and deeply considerate design/construction approach-this project truly mirrors all the the actors involved!

General Contractor:  Bruce Laukka Inc., Rockport, Maine

Photos by: Beckstrom Architecture

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