Located at the heart of the Hampshire College campus, the R.W. Kern Center is a multi-purpose facility intended to embody a high threshold of forward-thinking sustainable design: generating its own energy, capturing and treating its own water, and processing and recycling its waste. The new building, which includes classrooms, offices, and a community café and gallery, serves as a primary entry point to the campus, and was designed to engage prospective students, provide community space, and showcase Hampshire’s commitment to sustainability by pursuing the Living Building Challenge (LBC).
“The Kern Center reconsiders the way structures are designed, engineered, and constructed while creating a building that is deeply connected to Hampshire’s mission,” says Bruner/Cott principal Jason Forney. “Responding to Hampshire’s call to action through design is the kind of work that stirs passion. This is why we became architects,” adds Jason Jewhurst, Bruner/Cott principal and lead architect.
The Kern Center is a recipient of the 2017 AIA COTE Top Ten Awards, the industry’s best-known accolade for sustainable design excellence.