Washington College ceremoniously broke ground for the first phase of a new academic building April 17, with state dignitaries and members of the Board of Visitors & Governors on hand to mark the occasion with remarks and gold-painted shovels.
The new building will be constructed at 215 Washington Avenue, on the site of the former Kent County Board of Education building. That brick structure was built a century ago to house Chestertown High School but has been vacant since the school board moved its offices to Rock Hall in December of 2010. Scheduled to open in time for the beginning of the fall 2016 semester, the first phase of the building planned for the site will be a two-story facility that houses offices, classrooms, laboratory space and study areas for the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Environmental Science and Studies. It also will be home for the George and Barbara Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning, which supports faculty innovations through talks, workshops and grants.