Graham Shimmield Residence Hall

Residence Hall building from the outside

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The Graham Shimmield Residence Hall overlooks the Damariscotta River and is located just a short walk from our laboratory. The 15,000-square-foot facility was opened in 2017, funded by a grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation and a matching gift from an anonymous donor.

Shimmield Hall provides beautiful, practical, and eco-friendly housing to program participants, students, and visiting scientists. and offers both dormitory rooms and apartments. Its modern design blurs the lines between outdoor and indoor space, embodying energy efficiency, ease of maintenance, and respect for the surrounding natural beauty. A 264-panel solar array on campus generates more than enough energy to power, heat, and cool the building.

Residence hall dormitory


  • 32 dorm beds, two per room
  • Arranged in quads with one shared bathroom per two rooms
  • Two shelves, desks, chairs, and closet space in each room
  • Fully equipped communal kitchen
Recidence hall apartments


  • One two-bedroom apartment and three studio apartments
  • Fully equipped private kitchens
  • Private bathrooms
  • Shelves, desks, chairs, and closet space in each room
Recidence hall dining area

Common Amenitites

  • High-speed, wireless internet
  • Onsite parking
  • Fitness Room
  • Laundry facilities
  • Adaptable meeting space

McKee House

The McKee House is a four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom cape home located at the entrance to Bigelow Laboratory on Ocean Point Road, generously gifted to the Laboratory by Admiral Kinnaird McKee in 2013.

This housing option provides the comforts of home in a short distance from the laboratory. The kitchen is fully equipped, and there are plentiful dining and living spaces to study or relax. Each bedroom has two twin beds and closet space. In addition, a welcoming deck and backyard encourage guests to spend time outdoors. Located in the heart of the village of East Boothbay, shopping and dining are within walking distance, easily accessed from the sidewalk just outside the front door. Parking for two cars is available, with additional parking at the lab.


  • High-speed internet access
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Four bedrooms, two twin beds in each
  • Two full and one-half bathrooms
  • Dining tables, couches, desks and chairs
  • Onsite parking for two cars
  • Laundry facilities

Photos courtesy of Robert Benson Photography