From Learning Glass—a high tech demonstration tool used for online videos—for the economics department, to a revolving chair for the art department, days in Searles room 20 are anything but ordinary with mechanics Robert Stevens and Benjamin King. When members of the Bowdoin community go to them with their blueprints, Kind and Stevens build them into reality—and then some. 

“[We] always try to find something that will do a little bit better than [what] they ask for,” said Stevens.

Born in Massachusetts and raised in Woolwich, Maine, King grew up loving mechanics. 
“I've always had kind of an interest in this sort of thing,” said King, “My father was a physicist, and was a very hands-on kind of guy. He was at MIT, and I used to go hang out at his lab and that’s where I started making stuff. I enjoyed the work.” 

He has been working at Bowdoin for five years and currently resides in Bath. 
Stevens held a number of different jobs before coming to Bowdoin. 

After graduating from Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute into 1972, he was drafted into the Navy. After his tour of duty, he worked at Bath Iron Works for six months before being laid off, and from there he went to the Pejepscot Paper Mill as a mechanic. 
When he heard about an opportunity at Bowdoin he applied and got the job.

“It was the right place for me because I like the idea of being able to develop designs of my own making, and this place allows me to do that.” said Stevens. 

Stevens has been working at Bowdoin since 1978 and currently lives in Harpswell, Maine.  
Stevens and King take their jobs very seriously. Every project must be thought out precisely so that Bowdoin is not held liable. 

“If somebody comes in here I have to be careful,” said Stevens, “With the revolving chair, I saw liabilities mixed in. There are some things you may say, ‘I don’t feel comfortable doing [this].’”

King and Stevens have many other interests beyond the campus as well. Stevens enjoys going on five-mile walks to get rid of stress and is currently building a house. One of his favorite things to do is to spend time with his grandchildren and find innovative, if not old-school, ways to bond with them. 

“They can at least hammer nails and do something that isn’t working with digital stuff.”
King loves to engage in outdoor activities like paddling and hiking, and has a great love for motorcycles. He credits his dad for this passion and collects antique motorcycles. In his free time he loves to read short fiction stories, and his newest adventure is mountain biking. 

“I just recently got back into [mountain biking] to find that it’s totally changed. The bikes are now ludicrously expensive and have all sorts of fantastic features.”

Throughout their years of working on campus, Stevens and King have greatly appreciated their work, the people they have met, and the atmosphere of the College itself.
“I don’t know quite how I lucked into arriving here,” said King.