Washington College Boathouse

Waterfront Campus along the Chester River

The Washington College Boathouse is in the first phase development of the College’s new Waterfront Campus, a cluster of buildings that will serve as an educational and recreational destination along the Chester River for the entire campus.

Designed to support the rowing and sailing programs, environmental studies research, and multi-purpose events, the 18,000-SF boathouse includes a main lobby, classrooms, men’s and women’s locker rooms, workout room with rowing machines and plyometric equipment, an indoor rowing tank, offices, meeting and event space, four shell storage bays, and support and storage space for the College’s environmental research vessel. The current Truslow Boathouse—a converted long-span wood warehouse—will serve as equipment storage.

A boardwalk will connect the campus to the existing Lelia Hynson Pavilion. The Boathouse is targeting LEED® Platinum certification through integration of sustainable resources, energy-efficient
building systems, innovative water treatment, and creative reuse of existing structures.

The Waterfront Campus project was shaped by a programming phase that brought together campus leadership to discuss a vision for academics, athletics and recreation at the waterfront. The result of this process was a set of guiding principles that formed the baseline for design of the Boathouse and the planning for future phases of development on the river.


Chestertown, Maryland

Building Type



18,000 SF