New Staff Licensure: Rima Abousleiman

Congratulations to Rima Abousleiman, RA, for receiving her Massachusetts Architect’s license!

Rima is a graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture. Since joining Bruner/Cott in 2018, Rima has become passionate about leveraging her place in the architecture profession to design a just and equitable future for all, with sustainability and social justice at the forefront of her work.

Rima has been an integral team member on several of Bruner/Cott’s cultural and institutional projects including MIT’s Pierce Boathouse and the renovation and expansion of Boston’s historic Huntington Theatre. She is an active leader in the firm’s internal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives and currently serves as Treasurer for BosNOMA, the Boston chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects as well as Co-Chair of the BSA’s Emerging Professionals Network (EPNet).

Congratulations, Rima!

Construction Begins at Huntington Theatre

The Huntington Theatre is undergoing a major transformation along Boston’s “Avenue of the Arts.” On Thursday, March 25th, the Huntington Theatre Company held a virtual press conference to announce the start of an 18-month renovation period that will restore, revitalize, and modernize the historic performance venue. The Huntington’s Managing Director Michael Maso, Theater Manager Kat Herzig, and Board Chairman David Epstein each gave remarks.

Bruner/Cott Partner and Principal Jason Forney, FAIA, presented new renderings of the reimagined theatre, including a video flythrough.

Construction will be completed in two phases. Phase one will consist of theater renovations and upgrades to enhance the audience experience and create state-of-the-art backstage and technical facilities. Phase two will expand into the adjacent new construction project and will offer 14,000-sf of added amenity space, including ticketing, a café, balcony, bar, and event space.

The Huntington Theatre is expected to reopen for the start of its 2022 season.

For more information about the Huntington Theatre renovation and expansion, click here.

 

New Staff Licensure

Congratulations to Carolyn Creemers for passing her exams and obtaining her Architect’s license! 

Carolyn joined Bruner/Cott as a designer in 2017 and holds a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from Washington University in St. Louis as well as a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan.

Currently, Carolyn is working on a new cadet housing project at Massachusetts Maritime Academy and on the mixed-use Speedway project in Brighton, MA. In the office, Carolyn leads internal initiatives centered around technology and organizes fun, monthly office-wide contests.

Congratulations, Carolyn!

New Staff Certification

 

Congratulations to Karno Widjaja on becoming a PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant!

Certified Passive House Consultants (CPHCs) are well-versed in designing to the

PHIUS+ climate-specific building standard and are leading the adoption passive building from coast to coast.

Karno completed several phases of online and in-person trainings and exams focused on the principles of passive building design, including heat transfer, air-tightness, thermal bridge free detailing, super-insulation high-efficiency ventilation, and moisture control. We are excited to implement these high performance building science principles into our ongoing and future residential, commercial, and renovation projects like the 288 Harrison Avenue Residences project in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood.

Congratulations, Karno!

MASS MoCA Building 6 In June Issue of ARCHITECT Magazine

Recipient of a 2020 AIA Interior Architecture Award MASS MoCA’s Building 6 is featured in the June 2020 issue of ARCHITECT magazine.

“Deep in the heart of New England’s Berkshire Hills, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) showcases some of the boldest and most challenging work of our time in a setting far removed from the typical exhibition environment. Its home since 1999 has been the Arnold Print Works complex, a defunct factory in the town of North Adams. Boston-based Bruner/Cott & Associates has driven the adaptive reuse of the 20-building industrial campus into a world-class arts facility in several phases over the last 20 years. But the recent transformation of Building 6 encapsulates the intrepid spirit of the whole institution in a single, sprawling interior.”

Read the full article here.

New Staff Certifications

Congratulations to Shaun Dempsey and Christopher Nielson on becoming PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultants!

Certified Passive House Consultants (CPHCs) are well-versed in designing to the PHIUS+ climate-specific building standard and are leading the adoption passive building from coast to coast.

Shaun and Christopher both completed several phases of online and in-person trainings and exams focused on the principles of passive building design, including heat transfer, air-tightness, thermal bridge free detailing, super-insulation high-efficiency ventilation, and moisture control.

We are excited to implement these high performance building science principles into our ongoing and future residential, commercial, and renovation projects like the 288 Harrison Avenue Residences project in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood.

We are extremely proud of Shaun and Christopher for their hard work and commitment to designing a sustainable future!

A Message from Bruner/Cott Architects about COVID-19

updated February 3, 2022

A Message To Our Clients, Colleagues, and Friends About Covid-19:

Our Boston office is open, however, as a continued abundance of caution, the majority of Bruner/Cott employees are continuing to work remotely. We are requiring Covid vaccines and boosters in order to work in our studio. The health and wellness of our people, clients, and communities remains to be our top priority.

Our goal always is to maintain an open line of communication throughout this uncertain time and provide the same level of service and responsiveness associated with our firm. We have a robust technology infrastructure that fully supports virtual working throughout our practice with no impact on our delivery of design and service to our clients and partners. If we foresee this changing in any way, you will be notified in advance by our principals and project leaders.

Thank you,

Jason Forney, Dana Kelly, Jason Jewhurst
Partners and Principals, Bruner/Cott Architects

Contact us at info@brunercott.com.

 

 

Jason Forney Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Bruner/Cott Principal and Partner Jason Forney has been elevated to the AIA College of Fellows!

As the AIA’s highest membership honor, the fellowship program recognizes individuals for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. Those elevated to Fellowship represent a standard of professional excellence at the national level–only 3 percent of AIA members have this distinction.

His work demonstrates a commitment to securing a new future for the built environment through sustainable and regenerative design and the transformative reuse of existing structures. As a Bruner/Cott principal and partner, Jason has expanded the firm’s mission to include exemplary contemporary architecture whose ecological performance and emotional resonance are informed by lessons of the past.

Jason joined Bruner/Cott in 2002 and has played a major role in the design of many of Bruner/Cott’s notable projects, including the second and third phases of MASS MoCA, the Living-Certified R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College, the Powerhouse at Amherst College, the Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University, and the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College.

He will be honored among his newly-elevated peers in May at a ceremony during the AIA Conference on Architecture 2020 in Los Angeles, CA.

Congratulations, Jason!

ArchDaily Interview with Bruner/Cott

Bruner/Cott Principals Jason Forney, Jason Jewhurst, and Dana Kelly sat down with Vladimir Belogolovsky of ArchDaily to discuss the firm’s innovative history of work, inspirations, and the direction of the practice.

For us, every project is about moving forward. Any building project can be viewed as reuse because they all have a site and context that will be transformed by what’s to come. We strive to design buildings constructed out of solid, local, beautiful materials and push the current building industry standards to produce a robust sustainable architecture that will age gracefully over time.   — Jason Jewhurst, AIA

Read the full interview here.

Speedway Awarded CPA Funding From City of Boston

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston’s Preservation Committee have recommended 56 new projects to receive funding as part of the Community Preservation Act (CPA), including the new Speedway HQ.

The Community Preservation Act allocates money toward open space, historic preservation, and affordable housing projects throughout the city’s 23 neighborhoods.

The Speedway, located in Brighton, is anticipated to receive $200,000 from this round of CPA funding. This restoration project will transform the historic Charles River Speedway buildings into a lively gathering space for neighborhood, complete with dining facilities, retail space, and an outdoor plaza.

We look forward to continuing to use this revenue to build on our work related to affordable housing, historic preservation, and open space. – Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Boston.

Read more in the Boston Business Journal.