Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Education Campus

Accokeek, Maryland

Environmental education in a Living Building Challenge inspired campus

In three words:

Environmental Education,
Zero-Energy,
Zero-Water

The Potomac Watershed Education Complex is a series of Living Buildings at Hard Bargain Farm, a renowned environmental education center on a 100-acre site along the Potomac River. The project advances the notion of a Living Building by considering what it means to be a Living Campus. Rather than working independently, the structures are designed to work together to achieve net-zero energy and water targets. The symbiotic buildings include a 3,000 sf multi-purpose day use building, a 7,000 sf dormitory building with classrooms, two sleeping cabins, and a wetlands boardwalk. A highly collaborative process was used to engage staff and stakeholders in the initial masterplan and subsequent designs of the individual projects.

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