Williams College Hosts Tour of New Residence Hall

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., August 12, 2019—Williams College invites the public to a guided tour of the recently completed Garfield House residence hall on Friday, August 16, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The tour will be led by team members from the project’s design firm and the sustainability consultant Thornton Tomasetti, as well as Williams College project manager Bruce Decoteau.

The new building, located at 45 South Street in Williamstown, provides housing for undergraduate students. Designed by SGA Architects, the 16,000 square-foot structure features 40 beds in 10 double and 20 single bedrooms, a full kitchen, dining and living room areas, laundry facilities, and bike storage. In addition, the residence hall includes multiple gathering spaces strategically located throughout the building.

“The new building offers spaces and amenities our students have come to expect and appreciate, while incorporating memories from the previous building, such as original wood paneling in the lower level common room and slates from the former building’s roof that create a unique feature wall in the first-floor common room, and taking full advantage of its siting and views,” said Doug Schiazza, director, Office of Student Life. “Our students will feel very much at home in the new Garfield.”

Reflective of Williams College’s strong commitment to sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Garfield House is designed to LEED Gold standards as well as a high-performance, wood-framed building using the “Passive House” design criteria and philosophy.

One of the first two residence halls in Massachusetts to meet the rigorous energy-efficiency standards of the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), this represents the most stringent energy performance criteria in the industry today and focuses heavily on a well-insulated, airtight outer shell, high performance windows, and high-efficiency energy recovery.

“From our perspective, it is the responsibility of higher education to lead, experiment with new techniques, and demonstrate best practices to other institutions and businesses,” said Amy Johns, director of Williams College’s Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives.


For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications 413-597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map