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.

 

Living Building Makers: Creating Sustainable Buildings That Renew Our World

Living Building Makers: Creating Sustainable Buildings That Renew Our World is a handcrafted collection of stories celebrating the people who bring the built environment to life.

The book was written by Jonathan A. Wright, an accomplished maker specializing in the construction and design of sustainable, healthy, high-performance buildings. Wright Builders, Inc. has constructed two Living Buildings in Amherst, MA – the R.W. Kern Center and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment.

Set on the Hampshire College campus, Jonathan A. Wright’s stories are a tribute to the unsung individuals – builders, tradespeople, designers, engineers, educators, craftspeople, and owners – who rolled up their sleeves to play a part in creating two of the greenest buildings in the world.

Living Building Makers: Creating Sustainable Buildings That Renew Our World is available through the Ecotone Publishing Bookstore, here.

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.

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).

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.

Macalester’s Institute of Global Citizenship Renamed for Notable Alumnus

The institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College (St. Paul, MN), is being renamed the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship following a unanimous vote by the Macalester College Board of Trustees. Annan is the Founding Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, winner of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, and member of the Macalester class of 1961. This rededication honors Annan’s global leadership and dedication to peace.

The Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship is housed in Markim Hall, a 16,675-sf facility completed by Bruner/Cott in 2009. Markim Hall was one of the first campus buildings in the United States to earn LEED Platinum Certification, the highest level certification for energy efficiency and environmental design awarded by the USGBC. The building’s design and construction align with the institute’s mission and reflects the college’s deep commitment to sustainable practices and responsible citizenship.

 

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

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.