Jason Jewhurst Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Congratulations to B/C Partner and Principal, Jason Jewhurst, on his elevation to the prestigious AIA College of Fellows!

AIA Fellowship is the institute’s highest individual honor, recognizing architects for their exceptional work and contributions to the profession and society. Only 3% of AIA members have this distinction!

Jason joined Bruner/Cott in 2004 and became a firm partner in 2016. He champions boundary-pushing sustainability across the firm’s projects and promotes a studio culture that weds design excellence and technical advancement.

Congratulations, Jason! We are thrilled celebrate this significant achievement at the AIA National Conference in Washington D.C. in June!

George Gard Named to BD+C ’40 under 40′

Congratulations to Associate George Gard, AIA, for being named to BD+C’s 2023 ’40 Under 40′!

This annual award recognizes 40 architects, engineers, contractors, and real estate developers based on career achievements, passion for the AEC profession, involvement with AEC industry organizations, and service to their communities.

George is an architect who brings a future-oriented design approach to the transformation of existing buildings and urban places—interests he has explored since his undergraduate and graduate work, and continues as an associate at Bruner/Cott Architects. George sees the evolution of reuse and transformation as vital to the future of the built environment and practice of architecture.

Through his work, George holistically considers the form, function, and impacts of architecture in a way that challenges categorical assumptions around design for buildings of all eras. George leads teams to develop tailored solutions to existing buildings across diverse program types to deliver meaningful, award-winning architecture.

George’s notable work at Bruner/Cott includes MASS MoCA’s Building 6 and James Turrell Skyspace, Frost Terrace, and the first phase of the Living Village at Yale Divinity School.

Read more about George on BD+C’s website. 

Bruner/Cott Named 2023 EP Friendly Firm by AIA New England

We are thrilled to share that, once again, Bruner/Cott Architects has been recognized by AIA New England as an Emerging Professional Friendly Firm!

This award program aims to identify firms and initiatives that promote the advancement of professional development and personal growth opportunities. Bruner/Cott was selected to receive this prestigious designation because it has displayed an outstanding commitment to the development of its Emerging Professional staff.

Thank you, AIA New England, for recognizing our firm!

Preservation MA Honors Huntington Theatre

We are thrilled to share that the renovation of Boston’s Huntington Theatre was among this year’s honorees and was recognized with the 2023 Robert H. Kuehn Preservation Award! This award recognizes projects that meld collaborative partnerships with creative and cutting-edge ideas for the rehabilitation and active reuse of historic buildings.

On October 11th, Preservation Massachusetts hosted their annual awards celebration, recognizing the best in preservation across the Commonwealth. In honor of the Massachusetts Historic Tax Credit Program’s 20th anniversary, this year’s event focused on celebrating the landmark legislation by dedicating the 2023 Awards to “Partners in Preservation.” The event took place at the Massachusetts State House and was followed by a cocktail reception at Carrie Nation.

Thank you, Preservation Massachusetts, for recognizing this significant project and for hosting such a spectacular awards celebration!

MIT Boathouse wins Cambridge Preservation Award

We are excited to share that the Cambridge Historic Commission has recognized the Richard J. Resch Boathouse at MIT with a 2023 Preservation Award!

Bruner/Cott partnered with boathouse experts Peterson Architects to revive the Richard J. Resch Boathouse at MIT. Situated along Memorial Drive, the building was originally constructed in 1965 and dedicated in 1966 as the Harold W. Pierce Boathouse. At the time, it was considered one of the most modern collegiate crew training and recreational rowing facilities for men, anywhere. Its most distinguishing feature was the inclusion of an indoor rowing tank that allowed MIT athletes to train year-round, despite the conditions of harsh New England winters.

Boston Preservation Alliance Recognizes Huntington Theatre

The restoration and renovation of Boston’s Huntington Avenue Theatre is the recipient of a 2023 Preservation Achievement Award from the Boston Preservation Alliance!

Completed in 2022, the project successfully renovated, modernized, and expanded the venue by restoring the original 1925 theatre, upgrading the theatre’s technical capabilities, and improving the patron experience. Now fully accessible, even for the performers and crew, the venue has new seating that provides better comfort to all users. Original woodwork, lighting, and details were carefully preserved. A new paint scheme in the auditorium fulfills original design intentions while leaving the audience’s focus on the stage itself; the dome of the theatre was painted gold, highlighting it as a prominent feature and brilliantly contrasting against the Narragansett Green and Dark Pewter colors of the walls. The team restored 45 light fixtures original to the building, including the chandelier above the stage and the vintage star fixtures throughout the theatre and lobby, The ballroom space on the second floor, which had been boarded up and used as a black box theatre, is now the Michael Maso Studio and a functional rehearsal space. This transformational preservation project repositions the Huntington Theatre as an artistic leader along the Avenue of the Arts.

Building 12 Receives Maine Preservation Honor Award

Building 12 of the Portland Foreside Development was recently recognized by Maine Preservation with a 2023 Honor Award!

The project transformed a three-story 1895 brick warehouse formerly belonging to the Portland Company and used for storing wooding casting patterns. The building was carefully dismantled and reconstructed on a new site and renovated to become Twelve, an acclaimed dining destination with offices and residences above.

Bruner/Cott Architects ensured the reconstructed exterior maintained its historic integrity while designing a new internal structure using steel and composite slabs, modern insulated walls and roofing system, and reproduction windows.

2 Bruner/Cott Projects Win Retrofit Metamorphosis Awards

Two Bruner/Cott projects are featured in the November/December issue of Retrofit Magazine as winners of the 2022 Metamorphosis Awards!

 

The Charles River Speedway received 1st Place in the Adaptive Reuse Category. The Speedway is a multi-building reuse project that repositions a 19th-century stable and parks department into a versatile new pubic courtyard, combining historic preservation with forward-thinking sustainable design. The judges commented, “Nice project for the community and nice to see all-electric. The project seems simple, but sometimes achieving simple is a difficult task.”

The Speedway is featured in a five-page spread. Click here to read.

Frost Terrace, a 100% affordable housing community in Cambridge, MA, received 2nd Place in the Multifamily Housing Category. The project weaves together three historic houses, significant contemporary architecture, and a dynamic, human-centered landscape to transform a forgotten residential site along a commercial avenue. The judges commented, “Charming integration of old and new. Great story about affordability and increased density. I particularly enjoy how the historic house holds the sidewalk edge without being overwhelmed by the addition of new construction behind it. Expertly scaled new construction and lovely sitework makes all the buildings – old and new – fit on the narrow site without feeling cramped.”

Read the full Frost Terrace write-up, here.

Congratulations to both project teams and thank you, Retrofit Magazine, for recognizing our work!

2 Bruner/Cott Projects Win BE+ Green Building Awards

Both Frost Terrace and 808 Memorial Drive were recognized at the 2022 BE+ Green Building Showcase!

The annual showcase was held at the Harvard Science & Engineering Complex on October 27th and celebrated an impressive array of projects that have slowly but surely transformed the built environment and our relationship to it.

Frost Terrace, a 100% affordable housing development in the heart of Porter Square, Cambridge, received the Equity + Inclusion award. According to the judges, “this project provides opportunities for affordable, intergenerational living in infill environments. The engagement with the community through design, and the community created by the development, are both exemplary.”

A new award category this year, 808 Memorial Drive received the Sustainable Building Renovation award. According to the judges, “the project caught the jury’s eyes for its replicability, every city has brutalist apartment buildings that would benefit from a face lift. Renovating while the mixed income residents occupied the building took careful consideration to avoid disrupting occupants, and the resultant energy and water savings are compelling. This project gives us hope that refreshing existing buildings can breathe new life into our communities.”

The annual awards program and celebration is an important marker of progress towards sustainable and regenerative design, construction, and operation of the built environment. The local green building community came together in full force. It was the largest showcase since the national Greenbuild conference was held in Boston in 2017. Attendees included architects, engineers, contractors, developers, owners, facility managers, building users, lenders, suppliers, and others who play a role in shaping the built environment.

Thank you, BE+ for recognizing our work at this year’s Green Building Showcase! And congratulations to all recognized projects and teams!

2 Projects Shortlisted in THE PLAN Award 2022

Two Bruner/Cott projects have been shortlisted in THE PLAN Award 2022 – Frost Terrace and the Charles River Speedway.

THE PLAN Award is an annual international competition that recognizes excellence in the fields of architecture, interior design, and urban planning. This year, it attracted over 1200 entries from architecture studios around the world.

Frost Terrace, a transit-oriented, 100% affordable housing development in the heart of Porter Square, Cambridge, is shortlisted in the Housing category. This project combines new construction with the creative reuse of three existing, historic houses to create 40 housing units for low- and middle-income families in a desirable urban neighborhood.

 

Shortlisted in the Mixed-use category is the Charles River Speedway, a transformative reuse project that combines historic preservation and forward-thinking sustainable design to reposition a 19th-century racetrack and police station into a vibrant community asset and mixed-use destination in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston.

 

See the full shortlist here.