Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall, Washington College - Knight Wall Systems

Case Studies

Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall, Washington College

Chestertown, MD

  • Architect: Ayers Saint Gross
  • General Contractor: Whiting Turner
  • Installer: Specialty Finishes LLC
  • Panels: Cedar cladding

Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall, Washington College, Chestertown, MD., by Ayers Saint Gross, showcases the adaptability of Knight Wall Systems’ MFI cladding support assembly, while providing a fully engineered and thermally modeled assembly that delivers high energy performance to the client.

Home of Washington College’s Center for Environment and Society, the facility commands a picturesque site on the Chester River. The river is a living laboratory that provides students with an immersive experience in support of the building’s programs in environmental science and sustainability. The building is designed to operate at net-positive energy and to meet the holistic standards of Living Building Challenge Petal Certification. It is expected to produce 105 percent of its energy needs on-site utilizing rooftop photovoltaic solar panels and a ground-source geothermal heating and cooling system. Freshwater piping systems bring river water directly into the building’s laboratories for scientific research. Inspired by biophilic design, the building celebrates daylight with a south-facing rooftop clerestory, connections to the riverfront landscape, and outdoor porches and walkways. Craft and detail are displayed in the building’s cedar siding, porches and screens, and exposed wood roof trusses inside and out.