The Learning Commons is the centerpiece of Southern Maine Community College's expanding Midcoast campus. An indoor campus quad, the Commons includes a café, library, book store, private study rooms and classrooms, and accommodates academic and campus events. A tidal pool/ocean concept – intimated by the red “buoy” printing kiosk – guided interior design. The Science Center houses a nursing simulation lab. Through this and other adaptive re-use projects, SMRT has helped SMMC transform this former Navy base into a forward-looking academic campus and spur regional economic development.