2 Bruner/Cott Projects Win BE+ Green Building Awards

Both Frost Terrace and 808 Memorial Drive were recognized at the 2022 BE+ Green Building Showcase!

The annual showcase was held at the Harvard Science & Engineering Complex on October 27th and celebrated an impressive array of projects that have slowly but surely transformed the built environment and our relationship to it.

Frost Terrace, a 100% affordable housing development in the heart of Porter Square, Cambridge, received the Equity + Inclusion award. According to the judges, “this project provides opportunities for affordable, intergenerational living in infill environments. The engagement with the community through design, and the community created by the development, are both exemplary.”

A new award category this year, 808 Memorial Drive received the Sustainable Building Renovation award. According to the judges, “the project caught the jury’s eyes for its replicability, every city has brutalist apartment buildings that would benefit from a face lift. Renovating while the mixed income residents occupied the building took careful consideration to avoid disrupting occupants, and the resultant energy and water savings are compelling. This project gives us hope that refreshing existing buildings can breathe new life into our communities.”

The annual awards program and celebration is an important marker of progress towards sustainable and regenerative design, construction, and operation of the built environment. The local green building community came together in full force. It was the largest showcase since the national Greenbuild conference was held in Boston in 2017. Attendees included architects, engineers, contractors, developers, owners, facility managers, building users, lenders, suppliers, and others who play a role in shaping the built environment.

Thank you, BE+ for recognizing our work at this year’s Green Building Showcase! And congratulations to all recognized projects and teams!

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.

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.

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.

Next Steps for Living Village at Yale Divinity School

Bruner/Cott completed a comprehensive study for a new regenerative ‘Living Village’ at Yale Divinity School (YDS), in association with McLennan Design and Andropogon. Designed to meet the Living Building Challenge 3.0 at an unprecedented scale, the new residential complex for living and learning would demonstrate environmental leadership at the highest level and serve as a replicable model for other divinity schools, places of worship, and academic institutions worldwide.

In December, Yale Divinity School received a $2 million contribution from supporters George and Carol Bauer to bring the 127,000 sf residential community to fruition. This gift has allowed YDS to re-engage Bruner/Cott and McLennan Design to design and create the detailed plans for a net-positive housing complex intended to educate its students on sustainable living practices. The project aims to transform how every college and university thinks about residential buildings in the future.

“We are deeply grateful to George and Carol for their generosity in supporting the vision of the Living Village… Thanks to the generosity of the Bauers and the talent and commitment of the design team we’ve assembled, YDS is poised to make history.” – Yale Divinity School Dean Greg Sterling

As described in the 2016 study, the complex is being designed to meet the various imperatives of the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most rigorous green-building certification program, created by project partner Jason McLennan of McLennan Design. The Living Village is expected to house 150 students in below-market-rate residential units, ranging from single “monastic” rooms to two-bedroom apartments for families. Additionally, the complex will likely include classroom space, a small chapel, study areas, a fitness center, and other community spaces such as yoga and meditation rooms, small-group kitches, a cafe, and community dining rooms.

Bruner/Cott and McLennan Design will present conceptual designs to the greater YDS community at Convocation and Reunions in October.

“Above all… we expect the Living Village to stand as a resounding expression of our theoretically rooted commitment to conserving the Earth’s resources and creating a more sustainable future.” – YDS Dean Greg Sterling

Having just received Living Building Certification for the R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College, Bruner/Cott is extremely excited to progress with this landmark project and is honored to be a part of the design team selected by YDS.

Read the complete announcement from Yale Divinity School. 

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.

Frost Terrace Wins Unanimous City Approval

Last month, the 1791 Mass Ave/Frost Terrace project was unanimously approved by the Cambridge Board of Zoning Appeal. This development will create 40 new, long-term, completely affordable homes for families and individuals in the Porter Square neighborhood. It is transit-oriented, providing future tenants with immediate pedestrian and bicycle access to the Porter Square T and commercial district, reducing the need to own cars.

The hearing lasted 3.5 hours, with deliberations surrounding issues such as lack of parking spaces. However, the design team did receive praise for its responsiveness to the comments of the Planning Board and the project’s ability to house “40 families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to live in Cambridge.” By the end of the evening, all five board members voted in favor of the permit.

Read more about the Zoning Board Hearing.

About 1791 Mass Ave:

Bruner/Cott is working with Capstone Communities and Hope Real Estate Enterprises to transform and expand an existing run-down 19th-century home into new housing. 1791 Mass Ave will provide long-term affordable housing for families and individuals with a design that complements the existing neighborhood and historic context, incorporates environmental sustainability, and promotes alternative transportation.

Visit the project website to learn more.

 

Somerville ArtFarm under way!

The process of creating the Somerville ArtFarm is well under way! A public meeting held on December 14th gave updates on the final program and next steps for the project.

ArtFarm embodies the intersection between art, sustainability, and community. As part of the project team led by over,under, Bruner/Cott is working on Phase One of the project, the design and construction of initial site improvements. These include building a greenhouse and community garden beds, depaving work, ADA upgrades, and green infrastructure. Phase 2 (coming Summer 2018) adds the ArtBarn, a versatile community space for performance, display, eating, moving, and gathering. Roof-mounted solar panels, soil remediation, and strategic planting will also make the site a hub of “greenovation” for the City of Somerville.

Learn more about the project, team, and timeline at the Somerville Arts Council site.

*Rendering courtesy over,under.