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R.W. Kern Center Virtual Tour

Mon, 10/25/2021 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Virtual

Explore a Living Certified v2.1  multi-use EDUCATIONAL facility

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 Living Certified v2.1 building includes classrooms, offices, and a community café and gallery, and serves as a primary entry point to the campus. 

We are very excited to have representatives from both Bruner/Cott & Associates and Hampshire College guide us on a virtual tour of the project. The event will include a “virtual” walking tour given by representatives who will be on a live video and audio feed from the R.W. Kern Center. There will be an opportunity after the tour for attendees to ask questions and discuss the project with our speakers.

This event will include:

  • Project Introduction
  • Virtual Walking Tour
  • Questions and Discussion

About our Presenters:

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Jason Jewhurst, AIA, is a Partner at Bruner/Cott Architects. Inspired by architectural challenges that demand innovation and adaptable solutions, he thrives on leading design teams that explore possibilities and push current building standards to create sustainable, long-lived, contemporary buildings, and multi-disciplinary teams that collaborate to design and construct a collective vision. Jason’s passion for integrating design and the natural environment informs all of his work. A specialist in high-performance buildings, commercial development, and campus initiatives, he has led several transformative projects including the AIA COTE Top 10 Award/Living Building-Certified R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College; and, as executive architect, the Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Harvard University, which transformed a 60s-era brutalist complex into a welcoming front door for the institution and community alike. Most recently, he was principal on the reimagining of the Swift Factory in Hartford, Connecticut, a diversity-focused job incubator for an underserved HUD Promise Zone.

Sara Draper, R.W. Kern Center director, and self-proclaimed “chief building ambassador,” works across campus and beyond to make the most of the educational potential of the RWKC. Through building tours, research partnerships, courses, community events, and outreach to other LBC projects, she showcases the RWKC as a model for positive environmental change. Sara previously worked as a sustainability strategist at Bruner/Cott, a Cambridge architectural firm, and was part of the R.W. Kern Center project team. She’s an active member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and the New England Mountain Biking Association.

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