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.

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!

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!

Adrienne Cali Wins 2021 AIA Young Architects Award

Congratulations to our very own Adrienne Cali who has been recognized by the The American Institute of Architects (AIA) as a recipient of the 2021 AIA Young Architects Award!

This honor was awarded to 20 individuals that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers.

“From the moment she walked in our door, I have admired both her unwavering commitment to the stewardship of historic resources and her passion for helping those buildings find their place in the modern world. Her dedication to the architectural profession, to our practice, and to the communities that her projects serve are exemplary. Adrienne is constantly pioneering historic preservation practices and finding new ways to restore old buildings. She is just as likely to use lasers and drones as she is bucket lifts and tape measures.” – Jason Forney, FAIA, Bruner/Cott Partner and Principal

“Already in her young career, Adrienne Cali Magners, AIA, has reinvigorated a number of significant historical buildings. Through her careful attention to detail, she has elevated the practice of historic perseveration, and her experience with adaptive reuse projects is informing new methods of restoration that allow buildings to straddle both the present and future. As adept with new methods and tools as she is traditional, her creativity and talent ensure that yesterday’s buildings shine even brighter today.” – AIA

Read the full announcement here.

Congratulations, Adrienne!