Harvard Smith Campus Center is U.S. Building of the Week

The Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Harvard University was named the U.S. Building of the Week by world-architects!

Part of an ongoing university “Common Spaces” initiative, the new Smith Campus Center was designed to ensure its physical spaces foster the campus’s intellectual, cultural, and social experience and support the wider community. The project reconfigures the first, second, and tenth floors, reinterpreting the history and logic of Josep Lluis Sert’s architecture in a series of additions to, and removals from, the existing fabric to create a family of new internal spaces interspersed with a captured internal and external landscape.

Sert served as Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1953 to 1969, during which time he designed the Holyoke Center across the street from Harvard Square and the gates to Harvard Yard. Now the Smith Campus Center, the administrative building was renovated by Hopkins Architects with Bruner/Cott Architects.

Read the full feature here.

 

 

MASS MoCA is MAAM’s 2019 Buildy Award Recipient

Congratulations to MASS MoCA on being honored for excellence in museum building as this year’s “Buildy” award recipient by the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM)!

This national award recognizes the museum as an institution, its director and staff, and the building/design construction team whose completed museum construction projects demonstrate high achievement in the lessons of the Building Museums™ Symposium: careful, creative planning and diligent implementation, leading to institutional sustainability. It is awarded each year to the most outstanding recent museum building project. The purpose of the Buildy Award is to increase awareness within the field, and by the public at large, of the value of museums and the need for their ongoing rehabilitation and expansion to serve future generations.

The criteria for winning a Buildy includes originality of concept, advancement of the museum’s mission, high achievement in planning and process, green design and construction, community benefit and response, transformative impact, and much more. This award recognizes the museum leadership’s exemplary accomplishment through the three-decade process of completing their master plan for the museum.

MASS MoCA Director Joe Thompson will be accepting the award on March 1st at the annual Building Museums™ Symposium in Brooklyn, NY.

Read the full award announcement on the MAAM website.

Kern Center Competing for Building of the Year

Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center is up for world-architects’ Building of the Year for 2018! 

Over the course of 2018, world-architects featured over 40 ‘Building of the Week’ project reviews, highlighting a rich mix of architecture projects throughout the United States. Now, world-architects is asking its readers to help crown a ‘Building of the Year’ by voting throughout the month of January for their favorite project.

The Kern Center was featured in April of 2018, after receiving its official Living Building certification, and is competing for the title of Building of the Year.

You can help the Kern Center by visiting the official voting page and casting a vote! Only one vote is accepted per email address, so once you’ve voted be sure to spread the word!

 

Voting ends on Tuesday, January 31st, 2019. The winner will be announced on February 4, 2019.

Bruner/Cott Named in 10th Annual ARCHITECT 50

Bruner/Cott is honored to again have been ranked in the 10th annual ARCHITECT 50.

The publication calculated scores within three categories to create an overall ranking; business, sustainability, and design. Out of this year’s 160 submissions, Bruner/Cott was named #36 overall, ranking #8 in sustainability, #71 in design, and #112 in business. The firm’s composite score was 82.7 out of 100 possible points.

This year, ARCHITECT revisited its methodology for calculating its sustainability ranking, resulting in a wide array of firms scaling the charts. Sustainability scores were calculated based on the following breakdown:

  • 17% – AIA 2030 Commitment
  • 17% – Energy and water metrics
  • 06% – Employee Certifications
  • 20% – Building Certifications
  • 40% – Score for the green project that best demonstrated a firm’s commitment to sustainability

We are thrilled to be recognized as leaders in sustainable design and are in great company among the other ranking firms.

Previous Years’ Rankings:

2018

  • Top 50 Overall: #36
  • Business: #112
  • Sustainability: #8
  • Design: #71

2017

  • Top 50 Overall: #14
  • Business: #48
  • Sustainability: #20
  • Design: #38

2016

  • Sustainability: #38

2015

  • Top 50 Overall: #46
  • Sustainability: #39

 

To learn more about the ARCHITECT methodology for computing this year’s ranking, click here.

To view Bruner/Cott’s firm page on the ARCHITECT 50 rankings, click here.

Bruner/Cott Named an AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firm

We are thrilled to announce that Bruner/Cott Architects has been named a 2018 Emerging Professional Friendly Firm by AIA New England!

This award, sponsored by New England’s Young Architect Regional Director (YARD) and Regional Associates Director (RAD), recognizes firms in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont who display an outstanding commitment to the development of their Emerging Professional staff. An Emerging Professional (EP) is defined by the AIA as a student, recent graduate, or architect licensed within the last ten years. A committee reviewed submitted survey responses from firms throughout the AIA New England region and granted “Emerging Professional Friendly” status to those who displayed exceptional levels of commitment to the professional development of their EP staff.

For the small firm category, a score of 28 points was required to meet the Friendly Firm status. Of the responding firms, the category average was 33.9 points. Bruner/Cott Architects earned 39 points.

Congratulations to all Emerging Professional Friendly Firms!

Hampshire College Receives International Campus Sustainability Award for R.W. Kern Center

Congratulations to Hampshire College for being recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)!

Hampshire is one of three institutions to receive a 2018 Campus Sustainability Achievement Award. This award recognizes the R.W. Kern Center as an outstanding achievement toward sustainability in higher education. The award will be presented by AASHE at its annual conference & expo on October 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA.

By The Numbers

  • 300+ entries
  • 11 winners
  • 3 Achievement Awards
    • Hampshire College (Massachusetts)
    • Emory University (Georgia)
    • Bow Valley College (Alberta, Canada)

The AASHE awards are a prestigious honor bestowed upon institutions and individuals that are helping to lead higher education to a sustainable future. AASHE maintains an online library containing hundreds of detailed case studies on a wide variety of higher education sustainability initiatives, including an extensive case study of the R.W. Kern Center.

About the Kern Center

The R.W. Kern Center is a multi-purpose Living Building that was designed to meet the ILFI’s rigorous Living Building Challenge, the most advanced green-building standard in the world. The facility is net-positive, generating its own energy, capturing and treating its own water, and processing its own waste. It is 17th Living Certified Building in the world, and currently the largest Living Certified higher education project in the world.

 

Read the full announcement on Hampshire College’s website, here.

Waltham Watch Factory Honored by Victorian Society in America

The New England chapter of the Victorian Society in America (VSA/NE) honored the Waltham Watch Factory at their 46th Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. The Watch Factory project was awarded the Building & Landscape Design award.

Completed in three phases, the building and site are now resourcefully reordered for new office, residential and commercial use. 19th century entrances are now large lobbies, one with a permanent exhibit of Watch Factory history. Narrow wings with high ceilings — already flooded with natural light for watchmakers — house modern offices with views of the courtyards and the Charles River. Outside, a series of protected outdoor spaces invite pedestrians to move through the office buildings and a large residential courtyard. A new restaurant and café mark the beginning of a historic walkway through Waltham along the Charles River.

Thank you to the Victorian Society in America/New England chapter for this honor, as well as to our client, Berkeley Investments, and the Landscape Architect on the project, Richard Burck Associates.

Bruner/Cott Makes ARCHITECT Top 50

Of 149 firms that submitted entries, Bruner/Cott is thrilled to be named #14 overall in the 2017 Architect 50. This ranking is based on scores in three separate categories; business, sustainability, and design. From there, each firm’s performance is calculated relative to the performance of other firms, and ordered by highest composite score.

This year, Bruner/Cott scored a 260.5 overall, ranking 48 for business, 20 for sustainability, and 38 for design. This is a significant jump in rankings from previous years, and the firm is extremely grateful to be recognized for its hard work and overall growth.

Previous Years’ Rankings:

2017

  • Top 50 Overall: #14
  • Business: #48
  • Sustainability: #20
  • Design: #38

2016

  • Sustainability: #38

2015

  • Top 50 Overall: #46
  • Sustainability: #39

To learn more about the ARCHITECT methodology for computing this year’s ranking, click here.
To view Bruner/Cott’s firm page on the ARCHITECT 50 rankings, click here.

 

 

Docomomo recognizes BU Law renovation

Docomomo US has recognized the Boston University School of Law Renovation and Addition project with a Citation of Merit in their Modernism in America Awards program. The Awards celebrate the best of modern architecture preservation practices, which balance financial viability, adaptation, and meaningful treatment of historic buildings.

The jury noted that the BU Law project “is a powerful example where the architects acted as preservation advocates, successfully changing the University’s and public’s perception of a building, while bringing significant details back to life in a way that reinvigorates the entire School of Law complex.”