Courthouse Projects

The Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building

Coast and Harbor was the Owner’s Project Manager for the $50 million, LEED Platinum modernization and energy retrofit of the 184,000 sq. ft. Margaret Chase Smith Federal Office Building and Courthouse located in downtown Bangor, Maine. This project was completed while the building remained fully occupied, with limited swing space. The project involved sophisticated MEP and security systems and architectural work including high-end finishes. Some tenants include Maine’s US Senators, US District Court, US Attorney’s Office, Social Security Administration, and US Marshals.

The Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building

Project Highlights

This project had very demanding construction sequencing requirements because most tenant spaces were renovated in occupied areas. In some cases, the tenants moved and the emptied space was then renovated for other tenants. The building needed to remain fully functional and secure during construction, so sequencing for building and specific tenant security requirements, MEP systems renovations, and elevators needed to be carefully coordinated by the Coast and Harbor team. This site is located in downtown Bangor and had constrained lay-down areas for construction materials, requiring a detailed storage and delivery plan overseen by the Coast and Harbor team. Additionally, the Coast and Harbor team maintained weekly schedule updates for the building tenants and a weekly update to the local residents in the area surrounding the construction project. This project used the Construction Manager at Risk Delivery Method.


US General Services Administration


Bangor, ME


$52 Million


184,000 sq. ft.