Moving UNE COM to Portland

Exciting plans are underway to relocate UNE’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM), Maine’s only medical school, from its original home on our Biddeford Campus to a brand-new building on our Portland Campus.

The move will give the UNE COM community a custom-built, state-of-the-art facility, allow the school to train more doctors, and bring together all of UNE’s health professions programs on a single, interprofessional campus—something unique in New England higher education.

We all looked at the first design that the architects came out with and said, ‘Wow, that’s exactly what we were thinking!’” — Jane Carreiro, D.O., Dean of UNE COM

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Portrait of Jane Carreiro
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Rendering of the outside of the new U N E College of Osteopathic Medicine building on the Portland Campus
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Rendering of the outside of lecture space in the new U N E College of Osteopathic Medicine building
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Rendering of the feature wall in the new College of Osteopathic Medicine building
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Rendering of the ground level entry of the new College of Osteopathic Medicine building
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Rendering of the quad level view of the new College of Osteopathic Medicine building

A Transformative Moment For Maine

This is a transformative moment — not just for UNE, but for the state of Maine — allowing us to address critical healthcare disparities across the region and graduate health professionals with best-in-class skills: improving patient outcomes through team-based care; fostering expertise with new and emerging technologies; and expanding our focus on cross-cultural competencies.

Although many details are still being finalized (and are subject to change), look to this page for the latest information, to be updated as the project unfolds.

What

The new building will be called the Harold and Bibby Alfond Center for Health Sciences to honor the generosity of the Alfond family and their longtime support of UNE.

Size

Current plans call for the new facility to be 110,000 square feet.

When

COVID has disrupted original plans and estimates. The current schedule calls for project groundbreaking to take place late in summer or fall of 2022 for a potential opening in time for the 2024–25 school year.

Where

The new facility will be located behind Innovation Hall, in an area that is currently used by the National Guard.

Cost and Funding

The current estimate for the project is $93 million, and UNE has begun fundraising. Early contributions include a generous $30 million commitment from the Harold Alfond Foundation; $5 million in federal funding; and pledges from UNE trustees, alumni, and friends. 

UNE COM plans to raise an additional $5 million from our college’s alumni and friends. If you'd like to support this important project, please contact Alicia R. Fereday, vice president for Institutional Advancement at afereday@une.edu or (207) 221-4372.

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Portrait of U N E President Herbert speaking on the quad of the Portland Campus

Our health professions students will benefit from amazing new learning spaces in the new facility designed for simulation, standardized patients, and digital health and telemedicine, all of which will help UNE to realize its full potential as a national leader in interprofessional health professions education.” — James Herbert, Ph.D., President of UNE

News about the Move

UNE medical students examine an ultrasound at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta
New financial incentives will support Maine's medical workforce, including UNE students
Aerial image of UNE Portland Campus
UNE receives $5 million to support relocation of UNE COM to Portland
Conceptual rendering of proposed COM facility in Portland
UNE receives $30 million to support quality health care and workforce needs in Maine

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