Winter 2024 Issue

Monroe Goes Geothermal

By Laura Grove ’22

As part of the Housing and Dining Comprehensive Facilities Plan, William & Mary is installing a geothermal system that will efficiently and sustainably heat and cool Monroe Hall. The system will be up and running when students return to the building in fall 2024.

Monroe Hall is the first structure at the university to connect to a geothermal system, which regulates temperature by circulating water underground. Old Dominion Hall is also scheduled to receive a geothermal system, and an extensive geothermal field will be constructed to serve all of the new housing and dining facilities under development for the West Woods. The Old Dominion and West Woods projects will be completed in 2025.

Work on the housing and dining facilities plan started this summer. Over the course of the next decade, the university will renovate or replace 80% of its campus residences and add two new dining spaces to the campus. The geothermal systems that are part of that plan support W&M’s Climate Action Roadmap.

Read more on W&M News.