BDN Interviews Waldron for Article on UMaine Building Uses, Renovations

The Bangor Daily News spoke with Janet Waldron, University of Maine’s senior vice president for administration and finance, for the article “Report says University of Maine System facilities underused, aging and may need renovation.” A report from facilities consultant Sightlines found University of Maine System buildings are underused compared with similar public universities. Sightlines identified buildings on each campus — 18 at UMaine — that have low utilization, are in poor condition and are “less historical” as candidates for removal. Waldron said the report is a guide and added some buildings, such as the Sigma Chi Heritage House, serve important needs and should require further review. She said the building includes a large meeting space and labs that don’t see as many people as lecture halls, but are still useful spaces. Waldron said UMaine’s efforts to consolidate and renovate space takes time and the university still has a lot to tackle. The Sun Journal also carried the report.