Hampshire College Receives International Campus Sustainability Award for R.W. Kern Center

Congratulations to Hampshire College for being recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)!

Hampshire is one of three institutions to receive a 2018 Campus Sustainability Achievement Award. This award recognizes the R.W. Kern Center as an outstanding achievement toward sustainability in higher education. The award will be presented by AASHE at its annual conference & expo on October 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA.

By The Numbers

  • 300+ entries
  • 11 winners
  • 3 Achievement Awards
    • Hampshire College (Massachusetts)
    • Emory University (Georgia)
    • Bow Valley College (Alberta, Canada)

The AASHE awards are a prestigious honor bestowed upon institutions and individuals that are helping to lead higher education to a sustainable future. AASHE maintains an online library containing hundreds of detailed case studies on a wide variety of higher education sustainability initiatives, including an extensive case study of the R.W. Kern Center.

About the Kern Center

The R.W. Kern Center is a multi-purpose Living Building that was designed to meet the ILFI’s rigorous Living Building Challenge, the most advanced green-building standard in the world. The facility is net-positive, generating its own energy, capturing and treating its own water, and processing its own waste. It is 17th Living Certified Building in the world, and currently the largest Living Certified higher education project in the world.

 

Read the full announcement on Hampshire College’s website, here.

The Kern Center Receives Living Building Certification!

We are thrilled to announce that the R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College in Amherst , MA has finally been certified as a Living Building by the Living Future Institute! We are very proud of this accomplishment.

Completed in 2016, the Kern Center is now the 18th Living Certified project in the world (17th Living Certified building), the 3rd Living Certified building in Massachusetts, and the 5th largest Living Certified project in the world (by gross building area).

 

About the Living Building Challenge:

The Living Building Challenge is a green building certification program and sustainable design framework that visualizes the ideal for the built environment. It encourages teams to think holistically to find solutions that tackle multiple issues at once, for instance, projects must integrate local culture, biophilic elements, and beauty in order to foster community and natural connections.

The program outlines a design framework that promotes the highest standard of sustainability for the built environment. Rather than a checklist of current best practices, the Living Building Challenge includes a series of performance goals that empower teams to find creative design solutions.

To learn more about the Living Building Challenge, visit the International Living Future website.

 

Congratulations to Hampshire College and all members of the Kern Center team, including:

Bruner/Cott Architects
Living Building Challenge Advisor: Bruce Coldham
Construction Manager: Wright Builders
Code Consulting: Cutler Consulting
Cost Estimating: A.M. Fogarty & Associates Inc.
Energy and Systems Consulting: South Mountain Company
LBC Material Vetting: Integrated Eco Strategy
Lighting Design: Lewis Lighting Design, LLC  
Specifications: Kalin Associates
Electrical Engineering: R.W. Sullivan
Fire Protection Engineering: Rybak Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering: O’Reilly, Talbot & Okun Associates
Mechanical, Plumbing, & Controls Engineering: Kohler & Lewis Engineers
Site/Civil Engineering & Permitting: Berkshire Design Group
Structural Engineering: Foley Buhl Roberts & Associates
Landscape Architecture: Richard Burke Associates

Rainwater system on line at Kern Center

It’s raining drinking water at Hampshire College! The R.W. Kern Center’s rainwater-fed potable water supply came on line in June after a three-year approval process with the DEP. The building now operates its own potable water system, with rainwater captured on the roof, stored in cisterns on site, and treated with chlorine-free UV filters. With this hurdle crossed, the project is well on its way to achieving the net-zero water requirement of the Living Building Challenge.

Read about the whole journey over at the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Kern Center featured in Architectural Record’s “Sustainable Campus Development”

Over the last 15 to 20 years, the combined energies of students, faculty, and administrators have broadened the focus on sustainability at U.S. colleges and universities to encompass a wide spectrum of concerns. From a start in recycling, raising awareness, and environmental-studies programs, the higher education’s sector’s green endeavors have burgeoned to in­clude curriculum and research, planning and administra­tion, and the many facets of campus operations…

In constructing a new welcome center with administrative offices, a social hub, and classrooms at its campus entrance, Hampshire College, a liberal arts school in Amherst, Massachusetts, perceived a fit between its institutional values and an ambitious environmental effort. The college’s recently completed R.W. Kern Center, designed by Cambridge, Massachusetts–based Bruner/Cott, is built to meet the Living Building Challenge (LBC) and has just embarked on the operational tracking year required for certification.

Read the full article at Architectural Record.