ABX is next week, and we’re exited to gather with others in the A/E/C industries to learn, connect, and share. Learning from each other is what makes innovation and positive change possible. BCA staff will be there presenting, participating, and getting inspired. Come see us at one of the sessions below, or stop by to chat afterward. See you there!


Tuesday 1:00-2:30pm (A45)

Adaptive Reuse- Methods for Creativity and Transformation

Aoife Morris and Jason Forney


Wednesday, 1:00-2:30pm (B44)

Mapping the Materials Universe: Lessons and Strategies

Jason Jewhurst, Bruner/Cott

Charley Stevenson and Lisa Carey-Moore, Integrated Eco Strategy

Lisa Goodwin-Robbins, Kalin Associates


Wednesday, 3:30-5:00pm (B68)

Designing for Net Positive Water and Energy

Jason Forney and Jason Jewhurst



Thursday 3:30-5:00pm (C68)

What Architects Need to Learn from Owner’s Project Managers

Daniel Raih and Dana Kelly, Bruner/Cott

Robert Dickey, Leggat McCall Properties

James Kolb, STV Project Management

James Rogers, Leftfield Project Management

A Puzzling Installation

Kenneth Chang at The New York Times has created a neat slideshow highlighting some of the intriguing puzzles hidden in the Kern Center. The puzzles were designed by assistant professor of computer science and game design Ira Fay, and installed in coordination with the design and construction team. Fay incorporated diverse sources of inspiration, and many of the puzzles relate to the themes of the Living Building Challenge. You can check out the puzzles and get a few clues here, or better yet, visit the building and get sleuthing!

Kern Center featured in Architectural Record’s “Sustainable Campus Development”

Over the last 15 to 20 years, the combined energies of students, faculty, and administrators have broadened the focus on sustainability at U.S. colleges and universities to encompass a wide spectrum of concerns. From a start in recycling, raising awareness, and environmental-studies programs, the higher education’s sector’s green endeavors have burgeoned to in­clude curriculum and research, planning and administra­tion, and the many facets of campus operations…

In constructing a new welcome center with administrative offices, a social hub, and classrooms at its campus entrance, Hampshire College, a liberal arts school in Amherst, Massachusetts, perceived a fit between its institutional values and an ambitious environmental effort. The college’s recently completed R.W. Kern Center, designed by Cambridge, Massachusetts–based Bruner/Cott, is built to meet the Living Building Challenge (LBC) and has just embarked on the operational tracking year required for certification.

Read the full article at Architectural Record.