L.L. Bean, Inc. is a century-old, Maine-based national retailer of outdoor gear whose heritage is a big part of its identity. The company is committed to protecting the environment, and it builds all new structures in accordance with LEED standards. For its new Hunting and Fishing Store, reuse offered a means of building sustainably while simultaneously creating an important connection to place and history.
The project team was able to source a large amount of reused materials from a decommissioned LL Bean outlet store being torn down just up the road. The proximity and timing of this source helped the team incorporate reuse on an accelerated schedule. Reclaimed elements from the decommissioned store include wooden timbers repurposed as deck/ceiling planking and wood beams used to support the front porch of the new store. The worn look and feel of the reclaimed wood fits in well with the company’s brand identity. It also appeals to long-time customers, many of whom report that the new store is well integrated into L.L. Bean’s historic Freeport campus.
Reclaimed Materials (by application): Wood/Lumber
Location: Freeport, ME
Date of Completion: 2008
Client: LL Bean, Inc.
Contractor: Pizzagalli Construction Company