Washington College President Kurt Landgraf joined coaches, student athletes, alumni, community members, and a representative of The Hodson Trust to dedicate the new Hodson Boathouse, a facility which “establishes Washington College as a top Division III destination for first-class prospective rowing and sailing student athletes and ensures an exceptional future on the water, “ said Athletics Director Thad Moore.
The event marked the culmination of a vision for the waterfront supported and nurtured for decades by The Hodson Trust, which donated $2.5 million to launch the $5 million project. In cutting the ribbon, Landgraf was joined by Moore; Eileen Dickey of The Hodson Trust; Régis de Ramel ’97, a member of the College’s Board of Visitors and Governors (BVG) and crew team alumnus who made a $1 million gift; BVG member and donor Ann Horner ’80; and Alex Kincaid ’19, captain of the men’s rowing team.
“Few schools are lucky enough to have a river as beautiful and storied as the Chester as part of their history and fabric. And even fewer are lucky enough to count The Hodson Trust among their most generous supporters, “ Landgraf told the gathering of some 300 onlookers. “Since the birth of the College’s rowing program some 50 years ago, The Hodson Trust has been a loyal supporter of the College’s waterfront activities.“
With environmental sustainability at the forefront, Hodson Boathouse is heated and cooled by an energy-efficient geothermal well system, lighting is entirely LED, and the deck is made of recycled plastic. The building’s designer, the architecture and engineering firm HGA, noted that “water is one of the most important elements of the site for the College because of the focus on the Chester River as an area of study; therefore, water usage and protection of the watershed through rain gardens and shoreline mitigation plantings were identified early on as primary concerns for project performance.”