Williams College Host Open House of new Garfield House on Fri, Aug 16, 1:30pm

Williams College invites the public to an open house of the new Garfield House, located at 45 South Street, provides housing for undergraduate students.  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.

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.