Buildings & Landscaping Overview

For a small college, Williams has a relatively large and complex campus, consisting of over 3 million square feet of historically important and newly constructed buildings situated on over 450 acres of a contiguous core campus as well as 2,600 acres at Hopkins Forest, the college’s nearby educational research forest. Campus buildings house critical functions of the college, including residence halls, academic and administrative offices, classrooms, dining spaces, arts facilities, and athletic venues.  

The environmental impact of buildings is significant both in terms of annual operational carbon emissions through building heating and cooling and embodied carbon emissions of building materials, but also in terms of the occupied land footprint and the built-environment’s effects on human health and accessibility.