Williams College
Williamstown, MA In Progress
COLLABORATORS
  • Architectural Resources Cambridge
  • Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Cambridge Seven Associates
PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Ngoc Doan
  • Charles Mayer
  • Stephen Stimson

As the leading liberal arts college in the country, Williams College is boldly integrating a visible environmental ethic into the fabric of their historic campus. SSA is currently undertaking a series of projects including the new Admissions Center and the site for the future Williams Inn. At the heart of the campus, the old Sawyer Library was demolished in 2015. SSA envisioned the first 21st century quadrangle for the College. Conceived as a new green with uniquely crafted spaces that relate to their roots as a mountain school, this new quad presents a revelatory approach to creative outdoor gathering at ‘the ledges’ and the innovative management of campus runoff at the expansive stormwater garden. Nearby, Chapin Hall Drive is transformed from a wide road that subdivides the campus to a new pedestrian way that weaves carefully through campus, integrating historic allees with viewsheds, architecture and green space.