Smith Campus Center Reviewed in Boston Globe

The opening of the newly-renovated Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center has had the Harvard community buzzing with excitement.

A thoughtful, yet radical, reappraisal of the original architecture of Josep Lluis Sert (1902-1983), the new Smith Center is part of Harvard’s ‘Common Spaces’ program pioneered by Harvard President Emeritus, Drew Faust.

Recently, Robert Campbell of The Boston Globe had a chance to visit the Smith Center and share his thoughts;

“…you never lose touch with the city outdoors as your near neighbor, because you can see it looking back at you through so many glass walls and windows. Pedestrian bridges span the space and lead you to roof terraces. Most amazing are what Harvard calls the “green walls”: vertical gardens that hang on the walls and look like hedges but never touch the ground. You wander freely as if you were in an urban landscape rather than an enclosed interior.”

Read the full Boston Globe review here.

MASS MoCA Recognized in BSA Awards Program

We are thrilled to announce that MASS MoCA Building 6: The Robert W. Wilson Building is one of the recipients of this years’ BSA Honor Awards for Design Excellence!

This year, there were 120 submissions to the program, out of which the jury recognized 9. This year’s jury, hosted by AIA Minnesota, included Matthew Kreilich, FAIA (Snow Kreilich Architects), Ernesto Ruiz-Garcia, AIA (Opus AE Group), Malini Srivastava, AIA (Design and Energy Laboratory), Geoffrey Warner (Alchemy Architects), and Angela Wolf Scott, AIA (MacDonald & Mack Architects).

We are looking forward to the BSA awards gala in January 2019, during which the hierarchy of the selected projects and jury comments will be revealed!

Thank you, BSA!


JUST Certified Case Study: Bruner/Cott

In 2016, Bruner/Cott became the first New England company to receive the International Living Future Institute’s JUST label, a “nutrition label” for socially just and equitable organizations to disclose their operations, including how they treat their employees and where they make financial and community investments.

Having been recognized as a JUST firm for almost two full years, the International Living Future Institute featured Bruner/Cott as a certified JUST case study, reporting on how the firm has benefited from and leveraged the JUST label in that time. The case study was completed and submitted by Sara Draper, Sustainability and Engagement Strategist at Bruner/Cott, who was instrumental in our initial pursuit of the JUST label. (Thanks, Sara!)

Included in the case study are some of the lessons learned about ourselves as an organization as a result of the JUST application process, key benefits of pursuing the JUST label, and the consequential changes to organization policies and practices as a result of JUST.

To read the full case study on the International Living Future website, click here.

To view Bruner/Cott’s JUST organization profile, click here.




The Magic of MASS MoCA, featured in Design New England

The Robert W. Wilson Building at MASS MoCA, also known as Building 6, has generated a lot of buzz over the past few weeks after being named Architect Newspaper’s 2017 Building of the Year – Northeast.

Most recently, the project was featured in Design New England magazine, who noted, “Anyone who has been to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, knows it is a magical place to discover art — and explore architecture, construction, history, economy, and community.”

To read the full article, pick up the January/February edition of Design New England, or click here.

MASS MoCA Recognized as Northeast Building of the Year

The Robert W. Wilson Building at MASS MoCA (Building 6) has been recognized by The Architect’s Newspaper as Northeast Building of the Year in the 2017 AN Best of Design Awards. The jury selects winners based on several criteria – strength of the presentation, evidence of innovation, creative use of new technology, sustainability, and overall design. This year, the Architect’s Newspaper received over 800 submissions, including projects of all shapes and sizes from large and small firms.

The jury noted that “the massive reuse project skillfully renegotiates an old factory, which [we] found to be more successful and important than some other new buildings that might have won in the past.” In addition to being honored as Northeast Building of the Year, MASS MoCA also received an honorable mention in the adaptive reuse category.

The Viridian Achieves LEED Gold Certification

The Viridian at 1282 Boylston Street has been officially awarded LEED Gold Certification by the USGBC.

LEED projects earn points across the following basic areas, addressing key aspects of green buildings; integrative process, location and access to transportation, sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation, and regional priority.

Based on the number of points a project accumulates, it is then awarded one of four LEED certifications; LEED Certified, LEED Silver, LEED Gold, or LEED platium.

According to the USGBC, LEED certification means healthier, more productive places, reduced stress on the environment by encouraging energy and resource-efficient buildings, and savings from increased building value, higher lease rates and decreased utility costs. LEED-certified buildings will directly contribute $29.8 billion to U.S. GDP by 2018.


Feature by Henry Moss in Architecture Boston

Queen to Alice: “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.” Fifty years ago, few of us expected that the hearts of American cities would start to beat again. Our down

towns had sustained a continuous decline. There was little protection for the familiar, the recognizably historic, or the texture of active streetscapes — let alone the residents of Boston’s West End. The sense of loss over the demolition of landmark structures such as Pennsylvania Station concentrated emotional reactions to broader changes in our cities and towns. A righteous oppos

ition emerged, reinforced by the unpopularity of replacement buildings and the antiurban spatial economy of our automobile culture. Few people now realize how federal incentives to modernize the appearance of main street retail frontages dramatically affected American towns under the New Deal — or how unopposed those changes were…”

And so begins a feature in the Fall 2017 issue of ArchitectureBoston magazine, written by Bruner/Cott Principal, Henry Moss, AIA. This issue’s feature section was titled, “Second Look,” and included contributors who had written about these topics in years past. Henry originally wrote about preservation in the July/August 2006 “1976” issue of ArchitectureBoston. You can read the full article online or download a PDF version of the fall 2017 feature here.

AEC Excellence Awards 2017 – Finalist Announcement

Competition co-sponsors, Autodesk, HP, Construction Dive, and Smart Cities have announced the 2017 AEC Excellence Awards finalists.

Bruner/Cott is extremely proud to have been selected as a top 8 finalist in the Sustainability category, for the R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College.

This announcement sets the stage for the unveiling of the competition’s winners at Autodesk University 2017 in Las Vegas on November 14, 2017. During this event, winners will be celebrated for their achievements using Connected BIM workflows on innovative projects. Awards will be presented alongside special guest presentations from industry experts and thought leaders. Anyone attending Autodesk University is welcome to attend this event, but advance registration is required.

2017 Entries by the Numbers

  • 145 submissions
  • 32 countries represented – China had highest number of overall submissions, followed by USA and the Netherlands
  • 4 Categories: Prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in each category


Finalists Announced

“I’m thrilled with the finalists for this year’s AEC Excellence Awards,” said Nicolas Mangon, Vice President AEC, Autodesk. “The groundbreaking nature of these international projects shows how the AEC industry is rapidly embracing connected BIM technologies. Our 2017 competition finalists truly represent the future of making things for the AEC industry.”

It was a tough job for the independent, global panel of judges to evaluate all 145 submissions and narrow down to the top 8 “best-of- the-best” finalists. Watch for the big announcement of the winning entries on November 14, 2017 at AU Las Vegas!