47 Bishop Allen Achieves LEED Gold Certification

47 Bishop Allen Drive has achieved LEED Gold certification from the USGBC!

This Bruner/Cott project replaces an under-utilized parking garage in the Central Square neighborhood of Cambridge, MA with a four-story residential wood frame building. The building includes 23 rental apartments, consisting of both family and one-bedroom units.

The development is transit-oriented and includes no onsite parking, encouraging its tenants to utilize alternate means of transportation. It does, however, include ample bicycle storage for tenants. Other sustainable elements include 100% efficient lighting, ENERGY STAR certified appliances, WaterSense labeled products, and individual fresh air ventilation systems in each apartment. The apartments are projected to use 30% less energy than standard new homes.

Hampshire College Goes 100% Solar

At Bruner/Cott, we know Hampshire College best for being home to the R.W. Kern Center, a project we completed in 2016 that was designed to meet the rigorous requirements of the Living Building Challenge. The building aims to make a lasting impression on all who enter by demonstrating Hampshire’s commitment to a sustainable future, while inspiring the next generation of leaders in environmentally conscious practices. The Kern Center is completely self-sustaining, generating its own energy, capturing its own water, and processing its own waste. Just last year, the building generated 28% more solar electricity than it used.

However, Hampshire’s commitment to going green does not stop at the Kern Center. The entire college is now running completely on solar power generated on its campus as part of its Climate Action Plan and Sustainability initiative. This initiative includes rooftop solar arrays, like the ones on the roof of the R.W. Kern Center, on structures such as the CSA Barn, the president’s house, and the canopy on top of the Chuck and Polly Longsworth Arts Center.

“There’s a major shift in the way the world makes energy,” said Hampshire College President, Jonathan Lash. “Who’s going to design new energy systems and manage that transition? It will be students like ours who were on a campus that went 100-percent solar and who studied these systems and their impacts. This makes a difference to our educational mission. This is the economy of the future.”

Congratulations to all at Hampshire College for this achievement in sustainability!

To learn more, visit the Hampshire College website.

Bruner/Cott Makes ARCHITECT Top 50

Of 149 firms that submitted entries, Bruner/Cott is thrilled to be named #14 overall in the 2017 Architect 50. This ranking is based on scores in three separate categories; business, sustainability, and design. From there, each firm’s performance is calculated relative to the performance of other firms, and ordered by highest composite score.

This year, Bruner/Cott scored a 260.5 overall, ranking 48 for business, 20 for sustainability, and 38 for design. This is a significant jump in rankings from previous years, and the firm is extremely grateful to be recognized for its hard work and overall growth.

Previous Years’ Rankings:

2017

  • Top 50 Overall: #14
  • Business: #48
  • Sustainability: #20
  • Design: #38

2016

  • Sustainability: #38

2015

  • Top 50 Overall: #46
  • Sustainability: #39

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.