MASS MoCA Building 6 Wins AIA COTE Top Ten Award

We are beyond thrilled to share that MASS MoCA Building 6 is a winner of the 2024 AIA COTE® Top Ten Award!

The 2024 COTE® Top Ten program is in its 27th year and highlights projects that meet the AIA Committee on the Environment’s rigorous criteria for social, economic, and ecological value. MASS MoCA Building 6 is Bruner/Cott’s second COTE® Top Ten project, following the R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College in 2017.

Winners of the 2024 COTE® Top Ten were celebrated at an awards gala on June 7, 2024 at the AIA National Convention in Washington, D.C.

MASS MoCA Building 6 supports MASS MoCA’s mission to connect with the local community, repositions 5 million kg worth of carbon in brick, wood and concrete, uses 76% less energy to operate than a conventional museum, heals a contaminated site, and is connected to its beautiful natural setting.

The design for MASS MoCA Building 6 deeply considers embodied carbon. It maximizes the conservation of materials in place, utilizes site-salvaged materials, and uses a limited palette of new materials. Key spaces in the museum are created by sculpting space out of the building. Materials removed in this process were carefully stockpiled and reused—an architectural cut-and-fill operation that reduced waste and avoided the need for any virgin brick, stone, structural wood, or finish wood.

Learn more about MASS MoCA Building 6 and its transformative, sustainable reuse on the AIA website, here. 

Boston Preservation Alliance Honors The Speedway

We are thrilled to share that the Boston Preservation Alliance has named the Charles River Speedway as one of six recipients of its 34th annual Preservation Achievement Awards!

This awards program recognizes outstanding achievements in historic preservation and compatible new construction in Boston. Celebrated for their positive impact on the city’s built environment, winning projects are looked upon as models for future preservation work.

In partnership with AHF Boston, Bruner/Cott transformed a former mile-long harness and bicycle racetrack complex, built in 1899, into an exciting mixed-use destination for the community. You can read more about the Speedway project here.

“The Speedway is proof that any property, no matter how challenging, can be brought back to life with the right team. AHF went above and beyond to collaborate with the neighborhood, find partners and financial resources, and deliver a restored, vibrant resource to the community,”   – Alison Frazee, Executive Director.

The Boston Preservation Awards celebration will be held at The Speedway’s Garage B. For more information about the award winners and the event on October 20, 2022 – please visit bostonpreservation.org. 

Speedway Wins Robert H. Kuehn Award from Preservation Massachusetts

The Charles River Speedway has been named a 2022 Robert H. Kuehn Jr. award winner by Preservation Massachusetts! This award recognizes extraordinary projects that meld collaborative partnerships with creative and cutting-edge ideas for the rehabilitation and active reuse of historic buildings.

We are honored to be award winners this year, and we are in great company. Other award winners include extraordinary examples of great historic preservation projects like the Roslindale Branch of the Boston Public Library, the Courthouse Lofts in Worcester, the Knitting Mill Apartments in Fall River, and Swartz Hall at the Harvard Divinity School. We look forward to celebrating them all on May 11 at the annual Preservation Massachusetts Preservation Awards.

The Charles River Speedway has also been nominated as a People’s Preservation Choice award, and we are asking for the support of the community to help us get to the top of the list. If you know and love the revitalized Speedway, we’d love to get your vote – click here to support The Speedway today!

Christopher Nielson Wins 2022 AIA Young Architects Award

Bruner/Cott Associate Christopher Nielson, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP, has been recognized by the AIA as a recipient of the 2022 Young Architects Award!

This award recognizes individuals that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers. Christopher joins just 22 other honorees in this year’s class of recipients and will be celebrated at a ceremony during AIA’22 in Chicago this summer.

Christopher uses design as an act of environmentalism, leveraging sustainable and low-carbon approaches so that both new buildings and historic structures can help address climate change. Driven by a ceaseless curiosity for building systems and enclosures, he envisions innovative solutions that strike a balance between high-performance design and embodied carbon reductions. Christopher is a thought leader in sustainability in Boston and beyond, and he has commanded regional and national audiences, counseled municipalities, and shared his broad experience in the classroom.

“He is advancing the practice of sustainable design by centering the connection between carbon and buildings—both embodied and operational carbon. He is equally skilled in the creative reuse of historic structures and high-performance new construction projects.”

“His work is literally moving the needle in key aspects of environmental design and changing the meaning of buildings in how they respond to our changing world.”

Read the full AIA announcement here.

Congratulations, Christopher!

Two Bruner/Cott Projects Named BD+C Reconstruction Award Winners

Two Bruner/Cott projects have been named Silver Award winners in the 2021 BD+C Reconstruction Awards – The Swift Factory, a community hub and job incubator in North Hartford, CT, and Frost Terrace, a 100% affordable housing development in Cambridge, MA.

The BD+C Reconstruction Awards recognize the best reconstructed, renovated, or remodeled projects, based on overall design, engineering, and construction project quality. The Swift Factory and Frost Terrace are among nine Silver Award winners this year, out of 40 total submissions and 18 winning projects.

Frost Terrace is a unique, transit-oriented, 100% affordable family community. The project transforms a forgotten residential site along a commercial avenue into a high-quality housing development for low- and middle-income families in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and combines three historic structures with new construction in a single composition. Its immediate proximity to public transit, bike lanes, and essential community services provides critically needed housing in an attractive, sustainable development.

The Swift Gold Leaf Factory, which closed in 2005, was once the economic heart of Hartford, Connecticut’s North End neighborhood. The Factory’s historic factory buildings and two homes have been reimagined into a community venue generating opportunities for job creation and training, educating youth, improving resident health, and spurring economic growth in Northeast Hartford, Connecticut, a disinvested community.

You can view all winners of the 2021 BD+C Reconstruction Awards in the November/December issue, here.

MASS MoCA Building 6 Makes WIN Awards Shortlist

We are thrilled to share that Building 6 at MASS MoCA has been shortlisted for the 2021 WIN Awards!

Supported by World Interiors News, the WIN awards recognize the outstanding works of innovative, visionary, and imaginative designers worldwide. As in previous years, the WIN Awards are judged by an extensive panel of 31 international experts who put all entries through a rigorous and trusted process and reinforce the awards’ truly global outlook. Building 6 joins eight other shortlisted projects in the Cultural Venues category.

The entire shortlist can be viewed here.

Winners of the WIN Awards will be announced at a digital ceremony on November 16, 2021. You can register to watch here.

 

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!

Bruner/Cott Ranked in 2019 ARCHITECT 50

The numbers are in and the 11th annual ARCHITECT 50 rankings have been announced.

Bruner/Cott is excited to share we have again been ranked one of the top 50 architecture firms by ARCHITECT!

Scores were calculated within three categories to create an overall ranking; business, sustainability, and design. Out of this year’s 183 submissions, Bruner/Cott was named #17 overall, ranking #8 in sustainability, #18 in business, and #81 in design. The firm’s composite score was 88.8 out of 100 possible points.

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

Previous Years’ Rankings:

2019

  • Top 50 Overall: #17
  • Business: #18
  • Sustainability: #8
  • Design: #81

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 view the complete list of this year’s ARCHITECT  50, click here.

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.

For a deeper dive into this year’s data, click here.