Washington College Semans Griswold Environmental Hall

Chestertown, Maryland

Continuing their drive to become a national leader in undergraduate environmental and sustainability studies, Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland is opening an 11,300 square foot building to provide faculty offices, teaching, and lab space for their growing environmental academic programs. The building is located on a brownfield site, previously purchased and remediated by the college, directly on the Chester River that allows students the ability to immediately collect, observe and process samples associated with their coursework.

To emphasize Washington College’s commitment to meet the highest standards of sustainability, the project is pursuing the Living Building Challenge Petal Certification. CMTA helped the design team achieve drastic energy reduction by incorporating envelope, HVAC, and lighting design best practices, conduct owner utilization charrettes to understand better and optimize plug load energy use. In addition to performing the energy model, CMTA also designed the 89kW roof-mounted photovoltaic array along with a 60kWh lithium-ion energy storage system and microgrid controls for resiliency.

CMTA also provided building optimization commissioning, performance verification, and building pressure testing construction services.