Bowdoin College announced Monday that it plans to build a new academic building named for former college president Barry Mills, and a Center for Arctic Studies to house the college's Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum. The buildings will be located at the corner of College Street and Sills Drive, with construction slated to begin in the summer of 2020 and be completed by the end of 2021. Credit: Courtesy of Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College announced on Monday that it would build new academic and museum buildings, one to honor former college president Barry Mills.

Barry Mills Hall and a Center for Arctic Studies will be built adjacent to each other near the corner of College Street and Sills Drive, across from the new Roux Center for the Environment.

The Center for Arctic Studies will provide a new home for the college’s Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum.

Mills, the college’s 14th president, graduated from Bowdoin in 1972. He resigned in July 2018.

Also, the college announced that alumnus and former trustee Stanley F. Druckenmiller and his wife, Fiona Druckenmiller, will donate $5 million in Mills’ name to the college’s need-based financial aid program.

“Bowdoin changed my life and continues to change the lives of so many others through access to an education and experience dedicated to serving the common good,” Mills said. “I am tremendously honored, and I am humbled and proud to know that my name will be added to a building dedicated to learning on Bowdoin’s magnificent and historic campus. I am also very grateful to Stan and Fiona for this gift and for their great generosity to the college over many years.”

Mills Hall will include new classrooms, faculty offices and a 200-seat auditorium, as well as an event space for approximately 250 seated guests.

The Center for Arctic Studies will provide new teaching and laboratory spaces, as well as galleries for the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, which is currently located in Hubbard Hall.

Once the new structures are completed, the infirmary buildings will be razed, creating a new “quadrangle.”

HGA Architects will design the buildings with committees of college faculty, staff and students. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2020 and be completed by the end of 2021.

The college has not yet begun the town’s development review process, Town Planner Jared Woolston said.