USGBCMA & Dr. Joseph Allen Talk Healthy Buildings at BCA

Bruner/Cott recently had the honor of hosting the USGBCMA’s Health and Wellness Roundtable, a venue for architects, designers, construction managers, and sustainability professionals to discuss issues related to healthy buildings.

The event took place in our new studio space and featured a special guest speaker — Dr. Joseph Allen, Director of the Healthy Buildings Program at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Allen’s research reveals how air, temperature, lighting, and noise can impact our overall health. One specific facet of his work, the Cogfx study, has been instrumental in the A/E/C industry.

Topics covered during this roundtable event included Dr. Allen’s three Cogfx studies and their impacts on the healthy building movement, how we can make health an explicit factor in decision-making processes, and ways in which industry and practice can benefit and support academic research to advance the cause of the healthy building movement. The discussion was followed by an engaging Q & A session with Dr. Allen.

Thank you to all who attended the event, as well as the USGBCMA for putting on the event and Dr. Joseph Allen for joining us as our featured guest.

Pictured in group photo, left to right: Dr. Joseph Allen (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), Meredith Elbaum (Executive Director, USGBCMA), Rachelle Ain, AIA, WELL AP (Bruner/Cott), Jennifer Taranto (Structuretone), Heather Henriksen (Managing Director, Harvard Sustainability), and Jason Jewhurst, AIA (Principal, Bruner/Cott).

Ground Has Been Broken at Hartford Swift Factory

Ground has officially been broken at the Swift Factory in Hartford, Connecticut!

The vacant factory campus will soon be transformed into an “economic engine” for local job growth, healthy food production and distribution, and local business partnerships, all with zero displacement. It is expected to bring over 150 long-term jobs to the North Hartford Promise Zone, part of an initiative started in 2015 that provides federal resources to spur economic opportunity in communities across the United States.

Bruner/Cott celebrated this milestone with members of Consigli Construction Co. and Community Solutions, as well as US Senator Richard Blumentahl, Representative John B. Larson, Mayor Luke Bronin, and residents of the North Hartford community.

From gold leaves to green leaves, the Swift Factory will house a 35,000 sf indoor farm run by FreshBox Farms, as well as a commercial kitchen and incub

ator for developing local food business. Two historic houses on the property will also be repurposed for community use.

“Today is a historic day for the North End of Hartford. Today’s groundbreaking is a step forward for the revitalization of the Historic Swift Factory. Its new role as a hub for food business, health, and jobs will make a huge impact on this community. I would like to congratulate Mayor Bronin and Community Solutions for all their work on this project,” – US Representative John Larson, CT

To learn more about the Swift Factory redevelopment, visit the project website at www.swiftfactory.org.

 

Photos courtesy of Bruner/Cott Principal Jason Jewhurst, AIA. 

MASS MoCA Building 6 Opens

On May 29th, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) opened Building 6, the third phase of development at the former factory complex in North Adams, MA. The expansion adds 130,000 square feet of new gallery and event space, featuring work by artists Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, James Turrell, Jenny Holzer, Laurie Anderson, and Gunnar Schonbeck.

Bruner/Cott’s work at MASS MoCA began in the early 90’s with a master plan for the yet-to-be imagined museum. The transformation of the site over the past 27 years has been a vital part of the economic revival of the city and a vibrant symbol of how innovative design thinking can transform the cultural experience.

Learn more about the opening and expansion here.

 

*Images courtesy Michael Moran, Douglas Mason.