The R.W. Kern Center is the 17th certified Living Building in the world, an embodiment of Hampshire’s values in practice and ideas in action.
It meets the stringent requirements of the world’s most advanced green building standard, the Living Building Challenge: it generates its own electricity, collects and treats its own water, and is built with local, non-toxic, and low-carbon materials. The 17,000-sq-ft building is a major piece of Hampshire’s broad sustainability initiatives to make campus operations carbon neutral. This multi-functional building also serves as a living laboratory where students and the public study its innovative systems and performance.
Architect: Bruner/Cott & Associates, Inc.
General Contractor: Wright Builders, Inc.
LBC Materials Vetting: Integrated Eco Strategy
Civil Engineer: Berkshire Design Group
Mechanical Engineer: Kohler & Lewis Engineers
Electrical Engineer: R.W. Sullivan Engineering
Plumbing: Kohler & Lewis Engineers
Lighting Design: Lewis Lighting Design
Geotechnical Engineer: O’Reilly, Talbot & Okun Associates
Landscape Design: RIchard Burke Associates
Structural Engineer: Foley Buhl Roberts & Associates, Inc.
Fire Protection: Rybak Engineering
Specifications: Kalin Associates, Inc.
Energy + Systems: Marc Rosenbaum
LBC Strategy: Coldham & Hartman Architects
Cost Estimating: A.M. Fogarty
Code: Hal Cutler
The Living Building Challenge requires buildings to meet 100% of their energy needs with on-site renewable energy, to provide 100% of water demand using on-site rainwater collection, and to process their own wastewater and stormwater on site. The Challenge also sets strict guidelines for material selection, including a banned “Red List” of toxic building substances and requirements for local sourcing. Perhaps most uniquely- and in alignment with Hampshire’s educational ethos- Living Buildings must put people first, emphasize a relationship with nature, and inspire and educate all who interact with them.