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. 

Boston Preservation Alliance Honors The Speedway

We are thrilled to share that the Boston Preservation Alliance has named the Charles River Speedway as one of six recipients of its 34th annual Preservation Achievement Awards!

This awards program recognizes outstanding achievements in historic preservation and compatible new construction in Boston. Celebrated for their positive impact on the city’s built environment, winning projects are looked upon as models for future preservation work.

In partnership with AHF Boston, Bruner/Cott transformed a former mile-long harness and bicycle racetrack complex, built in 1899, into an exciting mixed-use destination for the community. You can read more about the Speedway project here.

“The Speedway is proof that any property, no matter how challenging, can be brought back to life with the right team. AHF went above and beyond to collaborate with the neighborhood, find partners and financial resources, and deliver a restored, vibrant resource to the community,”   – Alison Frazee, Executive Director.

The Boston Preservation Awards celebration will be held at The Speedway’s Garage B. For more information about the award winners and the event on October 20, 2022 – please visit bostonpreservation.org. 

Swift Factory Wins Preservation CT Award of Merit

The Swift Factory is the recipient of a 2022 Award of Merit from Preservation Connecticut!

The Connecticut Preservation Awards recognize individual projects, long-term contributions, and professional achievements that demonstrate the many ways historic places contribute to the life and vitality of Connecticut communities.

The M. Swift & Sons gold leaf factory was once the economic heart of North Hartford, employing over 300 residents at its peak. When production ceased in 2005, unemployment and poverty in the neighborhood drastically increased, leading to the area’s HUD Federal Promise Zone designation. Transformed in partnership with Community Solutions, the Swift Factory now serves as a community hub and job incubator for local entrepreneurs and start-ups, 90% of which are Black-owned. In a time of great social and cultural change, the new uses of the Swift Factory address economic, health, social, and environmental conditions in North Hartford, and repositions the former factory as a focal point of the neighborhood once again.

The project was honored at an awards ceremony on May 4th at the New Haven Country Club.

Thank you to the Preservation Connecticut Awards jury for recognizing our work at the Swift Factory and the positive impact preservation can have on our communities.

Speedway Wins Robert H. Kuehn Award from Preservation Massachusetts

The Charles River Speedway has been named a 2022 Robert H. Kuehn Jr. award winner by Preservation Massachusetts! This award recognizes extraordinary projects that meld collaborative partnerships with creative and cutting-edge ideas for the rehabilitation and active reuse of historic buildings.

We are honored to be award winners this year, and we are in great company. Other award winners include extraordinary examples of great historic preservation projects like the Roslindale Branch of the Boston Public Library, the Courthouse Lofts in Worcester, the Knitting Mill Apartments in Fall River, and Swartz Hall at the Harvard Divinity School. We look forward to celebrating them all on May 11 at the annual Preservation Massachusetts Preservation Awards.

The Charles River Speedway has also been nominated as a People’s Preservation Choice award, and we are asking for the support of the community to help us get to the top of the list. If you know and love the revitalized Speedway, we’d love to get your vote – click here to support The Speedway today!

Christopher Nielson Wins 2022 AIA Young Architects Award

Bruner/Cott Associate Christopher Nielson, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP, has been recognized by the AIA as a recipient of the 2022 Young Architects Award!

This award recognizes individuals that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers. Christopher joins just 22 other honorees in this year’s class of recipients and will be celebrated at a ceremony during AIA’22 in Chicago this summer.

Christopher uses design as an act of environmentalism, leveraging sustainable and low-carbon approaches so that both new buildings and historic structures can help address climate change. Driven by a ceaseless curiosity for building systems and enclosures, he envisions innovative solutions that strike a balance between high-performance design and embodied carbon reductions. Christopher is a thought leader in sustainability in Boston and beyond, and he has commanded regional and national audiences, counseled municipalities, and shared his broad experience in the classroom.

“He is advancing the practice of sustainable design by centering the connection between carbon and buildings—both embodied and operational carbon. He is equally skilled in the creative reuse of historic structures and high-performance new construction projects.”

“His work is literally moving the needle in key aspects of environmental design and changing the meaning of buildings in how they respond to our changing world.”

Read the full AIA announcement here.

Congratulations, Christopher!

Two Bruner/Cott Projects Named BD+C Reconstruction Award Winners

Two Bruner/Cott projects have been named Silver Award winners in the 2021 BD+C Reconstruction Awards – The Swift Factory, a community hub and job incubator in North Hartford, CT, and Frost Terrace, a 100% affordable housing development in Cambridge, MA.

The BD+C Reconstruction Awards recognize the best reconstructed, renovated, or remodeled projects, based on overall design, engineering, and construction project quality. The Swift Factory and Frost Terrace are among nine Silver Award winners this year, out of 40 total submissions and 18 winning projects.

Frost Terrace is a unique, transit-oriented, 100% affordable family community. The project transforms a forgotten residential site along a commercial avenue into a high-quality housing development for low- and middle-income families in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and combines three historic structures with new construction in a single composition. Its immediate proximity to public transit, bike lanes, and essential community services provides critically needed housing in an attractive, sustainable development.

The Swift Gold Leaf Factory, which closed in 2005, was once the economic heart of Hartford, Connecticut’s North End neighborhood. The Factory’s historic factory buildings and two homes have been reimagined into a community venue generating opportunities for job creation and training, educating youth, improving resident health, and spurring economic growth in Northeast Hartford, Connecticut, a disinvested community.

You can view all winners of the 2021 BD+C Reconstruction Awards in the November/December issue, here.

AIA College of Fellows Investment Ceremony | Jason Forney, FAIA

On December 8, 2021, the AIA hosted its 2020/2021 College of Fellows (COF)  Investiture in Washington, D.C. to celebrate and officially elevate the COF classes of 2021 and 2021. Bruner/Cott Partner and Principal Jason Forney, FAIA, was among the 220+ honorees, having been named an AIA Fellow in 2020.

AIA Fellowship is the AIA’s highest membership honor, recognizing accomplished architects for their exceptional work and contributions to both architecture and society. Only 3% of AIA members carry this prestigious distinction.

Congratulations to Jason and all members of the AIA College of Fellows classes of 2020 and 2021!

2 Bruner/Cott Projects Win BE+ Green Building Showcase Awards

On Friday, October 21st, we gathered in-person at the Charles River Speedway for a night of networking and celebration at the 2021 Green Building Showcase, hosted by our friends at BuiltEnvironment+.

We are thrilled to share that two Bruner/Cott projects received awards at the event!

The Swift Factory, a large-scale transformative reuse project in Hartford, CT received the Equity + Inclusion Award. The project reimaged a former gold leafing factory complex into a community hub and job incubator in a disinvested HUD Promise Zone community.


The Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Harvard University won the Health + Wellness Award. Sustainable features of the project that prioritize occupant health and wellness include its green walls/hydroponic interior landscapes, access to daylight and nature via an enormous open air-vitrine garden, and healthy materials selection on all 3,000 pieces of furniture specified for the project.

The event took place in the Garage B Event Space at the Charles River Speedway, a Bruner/Cott project that revitalized a former race track and police station into a vibrant open-air market and event space. Bruner/Cott Principal Jason Jewhurst, AIA, Associate Christopher Nielson, AIA CPHC LEED AP, and President of Architectural Heritage Foundation Sean McDowell presented a brief history of the project at the beginning of the event.

Thank you to BuiltEnvironment+ and all involved in organizing such a wonderful in-person event! Bruner/Cott is proud to have been a Platinum Sponsor for this year’s showcase and an annual sponsor to BE+.

Images (c) Mira Whiting Photography, courtesy of BE+.

MASS MoCA Building 6 Makes WIN Awards Shortlist

We are thrilled to share that Building 6 at MASS MoCA has been shortlisted for the 2021 WIN Awards!

Supported by World Interiors News, the WIN awards recognize the outstanding works of innovative, visionary, and imaginative designers worldwide. As in previous years, the WIN Awards are judged by an extensive panel of 31 international experts who put all entries through a rigorous and trusted process and reinforce the awards’ truly global outlook. Building 6 joins eight other shortlisted projects in the Cultural Venues category.

The entire shortlist can be viewed here.

Winners of the WIN Awards will be announced at a digital ceremony on November 16, 2021. You can register to watch here.