Keeping Up With The R.W. Kern Center: Part 1

It has almost been a full year since the R.W. Kern Center became a certified Living-Building, allowing us to observe and analyze its performance. Over the next month, architect Christopher Nielson, AIA, LEED AP will be analyzing the % wood moisture data from the R.W. Kern Center to see what lessons we can learn.

He and his team have been tracking the % moisture content of the wood framing in the walls to understand if and how moisture moves through a double-stud assembly. The wall assembly contains a permeable moisture barrier on the outside and relies upon the paint and caulk layer as the an interior moisture barrier. The idea is that the wall will get wetter in the winter seasons, but dry back out in the summer months.

Check back soon for updates!

 

Pink hues are exterior plywood and blue hues are interior wall framing.

Kern Center Competing for Building of the Year

Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center is up for world-architects’ Building of the Year for 2018! 

Over the course of 2018, world-architects featured over 40 ‘Building of the Week’ project reviews, highlighting a rich mix of architecture projects throughout the United States. Now, world-architects is asking its readers to help crown a ‘Building of the Year’ by voting throughout the month of January for their favorite project.

The Kern Center was featured in April of 2018, after receiving its official Living Building certification, and is competing for the title of Building of the Year.

You can help the Kern Center by visiting the official voting page and casting a vote! Only one vote is accepted per email address, so once you’ve voted be sure to spread the word!

 

Voting ends on Tuesday, January 31st, 2019. The winner will be announced on February 4, 2019.

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.