2 Bruner/Cott Projects Win Retrofit Metamorphosis Awards

Two Bruner/Cott projects are featured in the November/December issue of Retrofit Magazine as winners of the 2022 Metamorphosis Awards!

 

The Charles River Speedway received 1st Place in the Adaptive Reuse Category. The Speedway is a multi-building reuse project that repositions a 19th-century stable and parks department into a versatile new pubic courtyard, combining historic preservation with forward-thinking sustainable design. The judges commented, “Nice project for the community and nice to see all-electric. The project seems simple, but sometimes achieving simple is a difficult task.”

The Speedway is featured in a five-page spread. Click here to read.

Frost Terrace, a 100% affordable housing community in Cambridge, MA, received 2nd Place in the Multifamily Housing Category. The project weaves together three historic houses, significant contemporary architecture, and a dynamic, human-centered landscape to transform a forgotten residential site along a commercial avenue. The judges commented, “Charming integration of old and new. Great story about affordability and increased density. I particularly enjoy how the historic house holds the sidewalk edge without being overwhelmed by the addition of new construction behind it. Expertly scaled new construction and lovely sitework makes all the buildings – old and new – fit on the narrow site without feeling cramped.”

Read the full Frost Terrace write-up, here.

Congratulations to both project teams and thank you, Retrofit Magazine, for recognizing our work!

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.

MASS MoCA Building 6 Wins BSA Interior Architecture Honor Award

MASS MoCA Building 6 is the winner of a 2020 BSA Honor Award for Interior Architecture!

Each year the Boston Society of Architects, often in collaboration with other organizations, sponsors awards programs to honor design excellence in Massachusetts, throughout New England, and beyond. We are thrilled that MASS MoCA Building 6 has been recognized by this year’s jury. 

[stblockquote title=”” top_left=”” author=”BSA Awards Jury”]This large-scale adaptive reuse project is restrained and responsible. It raises an important if difficult question for designers, especially in this moment of climate crisis: when and how should we do less? The light touch of the architect allows the structure’s history to speak and spotlights the art on display. Though the work might appear to be minimal, the technical challenges of reinvigorating a historic industrial building must not be underestimated. MASS MoCA Building 6 is a deliberate and admirable work, designed in service of its audiences and artwork.

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Building 6 was honored at the BSA’s virtual Awards Gala on January 21, 2021 at 6:00pm EST. Bruner/Cott Principal Jason Forney, FAIA, accepted the award on behalf of the project team.

Cambridge Historical Commission Honors Two Bruner/Cott Projects

Two Bruner/Cott projects have received Preservation Awards from the Cambridge Historical Commission – Harvard Hall and 120 Brookline Street!

The Cambridge Preservation Awards Program, inaugurated by the Historical Commission in 1997, celebrates outstanding projects and notable individuals who conserve and protect the city’s architecture and history. Awards are given each May for projects completed within the previous calendar year, as May is National Preservation Month. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 awards ceremony was postponed until October and held virtually. Both Harvard Hall and 120 Brookline Street were honored, and 120 Brookline Street won the Popular Vote for the evening.

Harvard Hall is a brick, granite, and brownstone classroom building situated at the edge of Harvard Yard and Harvard Square, designed in the High Georgian style by Governor Francis Bernard and built by Thomas Dawes between 1764-1766. Major preservation accomplishments of the exterior restoration project include reconstituting deteriorated brownstone profiles with new stone, reuse of original brownstone harvested from the building, reconstruction of the cupola’s belfry and execution of a thorough paint analysis and historic paint color selection. The building was returned to the 1870 time period with new stone at the addition and its period paint color reinstated at window trim, cornice trim and cupola cladding. The comprehensive, highly detailed restoration of Harvard Hall’s exterior contributes to Cambridge’s historic character by re-establishing the coherence of its masonry surfaces and profiles and color scheme from 1870 and masonry from 1766 as distinct from earlier and later buildings within Harvard Yard.

The project at 120 Brookline Street is a renovation of a 1920s-era factory building and an adjacent filling station and ice house that was last used as studio space for artists and musicians. The collection of buildings at the site had undergone many ad hoc and incremental transformations over their lifetimes, serving a range of light industrial, manufacturing, retail, and cultural occupancies. The renovation was designed with the goal of uniting the disparate built elements on the site, improving the experience of the building from the surrounding streets and parks, and updating the building to meet current city requirements for fire safety, accessibility, and resilience. The building was landmarked by the Cambridge Historical Commission during the course of the renovation, recognizing the cultural contributions to Cambridge history that were produced there over the decades.

Thank you to Charles Sullivan and the Cambridge Historical Commission for recognizing these transformative preservation projects!

 

Bruner/Cott Named An Emerging Professional Friendly Firm

Bruner/Cott has been recognized as an Emerging Professional Friendly Firm by AIA New England for the third consecutive year!

The AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firm Program aims to identify firm initiatives that promote the advancement of Emerging Professionals through professional development and personal growth opportunities.

For the medium firm category, a score of 39 points was required to meet the Friendly Firm status. This year, Bruner/Cott scored a total of 52.5 points.

All Emerging Professional Friendly Firms were recognized during the virtual AIA New England Design Awards Celebration on September 25, 2020.

We are extremely proud to be recognized for our commitment to supporting and advancing emerging professionals in the New England region. Thank you, AIA New England, and congratulations to all firms recognized!

Preservation Mass Recognizes Two Bruner/Cott Projects

We are thrilled to share that Preservation Massachusetts has recognized two Bruner/Cott projects with 2020 Preservation Awards!

MASS MoCA Building 6 and Harvard Hall at Harvard University are both recipients of the Robert H. Kuehn Preservation Award. This award recognizes projects that meld collaborative partnerships with creative and cutting-edge ideas for the rehabilitation and active reuse of historic buildings.

“2020 Awards Recipients represent the strong foundations and supportive collaborations that bring new life to our historic buildings and landscapes, push boundaries, and create new aspirations for historic preservation in the Commonwealth.”

All winners will be recognized at a live, virtual celebration on October 22nd.

Thank you, Preservation Massachusetts, and congratulations to all 2020 Preservation Award winners!

Smith Campus Center Receives BSA Education Facility Design Citation

The Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center was recognized at the BSA Awards Gala on January 23rd with a citation with Education Facilities Design.

[stblockquote title=”” top_left=”” author=””]This is what adaptive reuse should be. A great but difficult Sert building is transformed by warm, welcoming interior spaces and an inviting ground level that gives way to the street and gracefully receives visitors. The student center is a true hub for this urban university’s extended community and its visitors. – Jury Comments[/stblockquote]

Thank you to the Boston Society of Architects and members of the jury for recognizing this transformative higher education project!

MASS MoCA Wins AIA Interior Architecture Award

MASS MoCA Building 6 is a recipient of the 2020 AIA Interior Architecture Award!

This award, given by the American Institute of Architects, celebrates the most innovative and spectacular interior spaces. We are thrilled that this transformative reuse project was recognized by the jury.

Gathering space at museum prow

 

MASS MoCA’s Building 6 is a new museum made from found buildings where the spectacular interiors of existing mill structures become a three-dimensional underpainting for new, impactful contemporary art galleries. Read more about the project here.

 

[stblockquote title=”” top_left=”” author=””]What an incredible project! Born out of the tradition of the Tate Modern Museum in London, this bare-bones remodel leaves most of the existing finishes in place to consciously evoke the industrial history of the building and emphasizes the reliance of art on industrial sites for their scale and economy. – Jury comment[/stblockquote]

View the official AIA award announcement here.

Vote for the Harleston Parker People’s Choice Award

The Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center is a finalist for the Harleston Parker People’s Choice Award!

Each year, the BSA selects one building to receive the Harleston Parker Medal, recognizing it as “the single most beautiful building or other structure” built in the metropolitan Boston area. All Harleston Parker Medal finalists are also finalists for The People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice is determined by online voting and encourages voters to think about what they value and think of as “beautiful” in architecture.

Anyone may vote in this poll, open now through January 23, 2020 at 12pm. The winner of both the People’s Choice Award and the Harleston Parker Medal will be announced at the BSA Awards Gala on January 23, 2020.

Cast your vote here!