The Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons, the downtown mixed-use residential complex, opened this fall, giving more than 200 Colby students, as well as faculty and staff, a home base on Main Street. More than 350 people from across the community attended the ribbon cutting of what President David A. Greene said he hopes will be “another catalyst for extraordinary development … in Waterville.”

Trustee Bill Alfond ’72, who attended the opening with his wife, Joan, said interaction between Colby and the community would build that relationship now and into the future. Alfond also pointed to the civic engagement requirement for student residents of the complex—and his early exposure to community engagement, starting a Big Brother/Big Sister program in Waterville and organizing a Christmas party attended by his “little brother.”

“That was a moment when I learned how much I would enjoy giving back,” Alfond said.

Chace Community Forum

Top: The Chace Community Forum, made possible by a gift from Malcolm Chace ’90, P’18. The space is available for community use and will be the regular meeting space for the Waterville City Council. Left: Seating near the first-floor entrance. Right: A student lounge. ©Trent Bell


Alfond Commons student apartment

Alfond Center

Top left: A study and library space. Lower left: A classroom. Right: A two-story lounge overlooking Main Street. ©Trent Bell