Living Building: Kern Center Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Join us at 10:30 AM on Friday, April 29th, at Hampshire College for the school's ribbon-cutting ceremony in honor of its newest building: the R.W. Kern Center. The Center is a living symbol of Hampshire’s values in practice and ideas in action. The college’s first new building in three decades, it was built with the goal of becoming only the ninth building certified under the world’s most rigorous green building standard, the Living Building Challenge (LBC): operating net-zero energy, water, and waste; built using materials mainly from local and regional sources; and avoiding toxic “red list” materials, right down to the duct tape allowed on site. The building project was recently featured in the Boston Globe.

The Center will house the offices of admissions and financial aid, classrooms, student lounges and social areas, and a coffee bar. It was also built as a living laboratory for ongoing studies of the building and its systems.

Its $10.4 million project cost was made possible by private donations led by Hampshire alum Bill Kern, who named the building in honor of his father, Ralph W. Kern. “Education and hard work were the tools he used to shape his life,” said Kern of his father at the building’s groundbreaking in November, 2014. “He understood the importance of learning how to learn.”

The Kern Center is one of the major projects of Hampshire’s broad sustainability initiative. The college has committed to making campus operations carbon neutral by 2020, and is also planning for the campus to go 100 percent solar this year.

Read more about the Kern Center on Hampshire's website, and learn about their commitment to sustainability

Photos taken from Hampshire's website. 

April 29th, 2016 10:30 AM
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
United States
Phone: 413.549.4600
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