288 Harrison St. is PHIUS+ CORE Pre-Certified

Our project at 288 Harrison Street is PHIUS+ CORE Pre-Certified by Passive House Institute US!

This multifamily, new construction project will significantly add to the affordable housing stock in the Chinatown neighborhood of Boston, transforming a current parking lot into a building that is respectful of its surrounding context and is a gateway to the neighborhood. The sustainable design prioritizes measures that minimize the impact of energy consumption and high-temperature events, including high performance building envelope and windows, energy recovery, a light roof with high solar reflectance, high-efficiency HVAC equipment, and careful attention to mitigate against air pollution. Learn more.

The PHIUS+ Certification Program is the leading passive building certification program in North America. It combines a thorough passive house design verification protocol with a stringent Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) program performed onsite by highly skilled and specialized PHIUS+ Raters and Verifiers. In certain circumstances such as high unit density, it’s problematic to meet the PHIUS+ 2018 targets on-site. For these cases, PHIUS now offers PHIUS+ Core. PHIUS+ Core retains PHIUS+ 2018’s conservation target, but enables project teams to certify utilizing only on-site measures. Learn more.

MASS MoCA Building 6 Wins BSA Interior Architecture Honor Award

MASS MoCA Building 6 is the winner of a 2020 BSA Honor Award for Interior Architecture!

Each year the Boston Society of Architects, often in collaboration with other organizations, sponsors awards programs to honor design excellence in Massachusetts, throughout New England, and beyond. We are thrilled that MASS MoCA Building 6 has been recognized by this year’s jury. 

[stblockquote title=”” top_left=”” author=”BSA Awards Jury”]This large-scale adaptive reuse project is restrained and responsible. It raises an important if difficult question for designers, especially in this moment of climate crisis: when and how should we do less? The light touch of the architect allows the structure’s history to speak and spotlights the art on display. Though the work might appear to be minimal, the technical challenges of reinvigorating a historic industrial building must not be underestimated. MASS MoCA Building 6 is a deliberate and admirable work, designed in service of its audiences and artwork.


Building 6 was honored at the BSA’s virtual Awards Gala on January 21, 2021 at 6:00pm EST. Bruner/Cott Principal Jason Forney, FAIA, accepted the award on behalf of the project team.