The FBRI addition was designed to be of a scale complimentary to the University of Maine's existing campus fabric and aesthetics. Supported by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, the research initiative focuses on converting forest biomass into sustainable energy sources and fossil fuel replacements. Native Maine trees inspired the building's interiors color palette, and flooring patterns were derived from the randomness of wood cell structures. Video teleconferencing equipment in the high-tech training space facilitates collaboration among FBRI’s global partners. To maximize the university’s limited budget, SMRT located IT infrastructure in the existing adjacent building.