Greater Portland Landmarks has presented RR|A and Maine College of Art with its Annual Preservation Award for the adaptive reuse of the former Porteous, Mitchell, & Braun Department Store. Maine College of Art is at the center of the Portland Downtown Arts District.

In a statement of recognition, Portland Landmarks wrote, "This outstanding project links historic preservation, environmentally sensitive contemporary design, and downtown revitalization through the arts."

Richard Renner with Portland Landmarks' Executive Director Hilary Bassett and MECA President Don Tuski
RR|A has recently desiged new studio space for the MECA Media Collective that includes graphic design, illustration, new media, and photography. The flexible classroom spaces are on the fourth and fifth floors.