Foundation's historic education center receives sustainability upgrade
The Sultana Education Foundation’s new center in Maryland has been awarded the highest LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The 8,500-square-foot Richard and Virginia Holt Education Center in Chestertown’s historic district opened in August 2016, serving as the base of operations for many of the foundation’s educational and environmental programs, reports Delaware Business Now.
The project features a newly constructed building that was attached to the existing historic foundation center and includes a 1,000-square-foot geography classroom for program activities, lectures and special events for up to 120 people; a state-of-the-art Wet Lab to support higher-level science programs for school groups and eco-tourism programs for the public; a 1,000-square-foot lecture hall for large student groups, teacher training conferences and public events; a project shop for environmental science learning, boatbuilding and maintenance activities for the foundation’s floating classroom, the historic Sultana schooner; and offices accommodating a growing staff.
Cutting-edge features in each part of the building include the world’s largest high-resolution map of the Chesapeake Bay embedded in the main floor; a first-of-its-kind Geographic Information Systems projection system with a high-power ceiling mounted projector capable of displaying an almost infinite variety of geographic data on the floor map; translucent graphic walls; a series of brackish water “estuariums” for specimen retention in the Wet Lab; wireless microscopes; and a greenhouse area for plants and aquatic vegetation.
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