Project name: R.W. Kern Center, Hampshire College
Project location: Amherst, Massachusetts
Firm name: Bruner/Cott & Associates
Jury comments: This building, sited prominently at the center of an active campus, is designed to meet the Living Building Challenge. It is completely self-sustaining, generating its own energy, capturing its own water, and processing its own waste while remaining sensitive to its campus context. Laudably, there is no separation between performance and beauty. Multiple strategies are employed to address the cold New England climate, including passive solar orientation, robust insulation, an air tight envelope, and triple-glazed windows that allow for maximum day light. Material management is innovative. Remarkably, the architect’s surveyed the materials that were locally available, and then designed the form based on that palette. The scale is set for the human user, with beauty, health, equity, and well-being driving the design.
Client: Hampshire College
Consultants: Wright Builders; Foley Buhl Roberts & Associates; Richard Burke Associates; South Mountain Company; Cutler Consulting; Strategic Building Solutions; RW Sullivan; AM Fogarty; Rybak Engineering; O’Reilly, Talbot & Okun Associates; Integrated Eco Strategy; Lewis Lighting Design; Coldham & Hartman Architects; Kohler & Lewis Engineers; Berkshire Design Group; Kalin Associates