NESEA Green Buildings Open House

Published September 28, 2011

We are excited to be participating in the 2011 NESEA Green Buildings Open House on Saturday, October 1st. Our architects will be leading tours of three of our most sustainable buildings: the UMASS Marching Band Building, New England Environmental's headquarters, and the Ken Burns Wing of the Jerome Leibling Center at Hampshire College.  All three buildings are located in Amherst, MA.

New England Environmental recently achieved LEED Platinum for New Construction, the highest rating available to LEED-certified buildings and a distinction that is shared by only four other buildings in Massachusetts. The recently-completed UMASS Marching Band Building is on-track to achieve LEED Gold certification; the Ken Burns Wing achieved LEED Gold in 2010.

NESEA's Green Buildings Open House is the largest sustainable energy event in the Northeast. For the past 15 years, the GBOH program has inspired thousands of individuals to learn about and implement energy efficient and renewable energy solutions in their buildings. The goal of the GBOH event is to enable participants to see, firsthand, energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements in their communities and motivate them to adopt similar solutions for their own buildings.

Tours will run at varying times between 10am and 4pm on October 1, 2011. More information is available on the NESEA website.

LEED Platinum for New England Environmental

Published July 22, 2011

New England Environmental’s headquarters in Amherst, MA has received the highest honor offered by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, LEED Platinum.

Designed by Kuhn Riddle and built by Arrowwood Construction, the building at 15 Research Drive is one of only five buildings in Massachusetts to receive LEED Platinum for New Construction.  The Platinum designation marks the project as having achieved the highest levels of sustainable construction established by LEED’s internationally-recognized green building certification system.

Since moving into the new building in early 2010, NEE has hosted school groups, community organizations, and many others who were curious about the building.  “This beautiful building is incredibly comfortable and energy efficient.We are delighted with the level of interest our building has generated and are pleased to have given over 500 tours in the first year alone,” said Michael Marcus, NEE president.  

LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2000.  It establishes parameters with which designers, owners, and operators can evaluate and implement sustainable solutions for design, construction, operation, and maintenance of buildings.

Of the more than 23,000 buildings that have been registered with USGBC since 2000, approximately 7,800 have received some level of certification. There are 245 LEED New Construction Platinum buildings in the Unites States, five of which are in Massachusetts.

Kuhn Riddle’s Blog and Facebook

Published July 21, 2011

Join us on Facebook and at our blog to find out more about projects, events, and all the non-architectural things we find interesting. 

Tierney Named Associate

Published May 6, 2011

We are pleased to announce that Aelan Tierney, AIA, has been named an Associate in the firm.

In her new role, Tierney will apply her two decades of experience to management and public outreach. In addition, she will continue her work as project architect, with an emphasis on single/multi-family residential, commerical, and educational projects.

"As a firm, we have grown to depend on Aelan's thoughtful insights when it comes to dealing with nuanced design issues and client relationships," said KRA principal Chuck Roberts, AIA. "Her commitment to the profession and the firm is evident at all levels of her work."

Tierney joined KRA in 2005, after years of experience as a project manager on a variety of projects, including construction of multi-family affordable housing, child care facilities, and Smith College dormitories. Currently, she is overseeing design and construction of the new Kringle Candle facility in Bernardston, MA and Olympia Oaks, an affordable housing community in Amherst, MA.

Her professional career began as a community development Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa, in 1992, where she designed and oversaw construction of several projects in rural villages.

"I love the work that we do. I am proud of the designs that we produce and the enormously skilled people within this firm," said Tierney. "I want to see it continue to thrive as it has for over 30 years and to continue the legacy of providing people with thoughtful, beautiful spaces."

Unveiling Machu Picchu

Published April 7, 2011

Kuhn Riddle Architects has been hired by Design Division, Inc., an interpretive exhibit design firm based in Amherst, MA, to collaborate on an exhibit about Machu Picchu.

The project will create a permanent exhibit space in Cusco, Peru for a collection of Incan artifacts that most recently were housed at Yale University’s Yale Peabody Museum

Nine years ago, the Yale Peabody Museum worked with Design Division to design a travelling exhibit of these artifacts.  The exhibit, “Machu Picchu: Mystery Unveiled,” focused on the life at and purpose of the Incan development.  This original exhibit travelled to select museums across the United States for three years before returning to Yale.

The exhibit will be moving to Cusco, Peru for its final installation. It will be housed in Casa Concha, a 15th century Incan palace that was altered in the 17th and 18th centuries by the colonial Spanish.

Kuhn Riddle is pleased to be working with Michael Hanke (Design Division), Richard and Lucy Salazar Burger (Yale University), and Cayo Garcia Miranda (Professor of Architecture at the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco) on this project.

Affordable Housing Summit

Published April 5, 2011

KRA’s Chris Riddle will be speaking at the “Amherst Affordable Housing Summit” on April 14.  Sponsored by Amherst’s Housing Partnership/Fair Housing Committee, the summit will include a panel discussion, question-and-answer period, and gallery presentations of local affordable housing projects. Riddle will present some of our recent local residential projects, including Olympia Oaks and the Stanley Street Houses.

The summit will be held in the Community Room at Amherst’s Jones Library from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. More information is available here.

Meadow House Receives Honor Award

Published February 2, 2011

KRA received last year's highest recognition from the Western Massachusetts AIA, the 2010 Honor Award, for its "Meadow House."

Presented at a ceremony in December, the award recognizes excellence in design and considers submissions by architects throughout Western Massachusetts. "We are excited to receive the award and are humbled by the caliber of our company," said Elizabeth Morgan, AIA.

"Meadow House" is a design for a group of sustainable homes on a rural site in Hadley, MA. The houses are one-story, 2,000 square feet with 3 bedrooms and an open floor plan.

In their review of the "Meadow Houses," the jurors called the project "beautifully restrained," noting that it revealed a "clarity, simplicity, and depth of understanding of the space." The project's site strategy was praised for "[claiming] the site without dominating it."

"It is rewarding to see that the jury understood and focused on the project's spatial ideas," said Ann Marshall, AIA.

Two other KRA projects were recognized at the awards ceremony as well.

KRA's "Stanley Street Houses," which are featured in a recently published book on pro-bono projects, received a Special Mention Award. Jurors praised the way the project challenged the idea of what a Habitat for Humanity house can be while maintaining a clear connection to vernacular references.

The Ken Burns Wing of the Jerome Liebling Center was one of three projects recognized as a finalist. Jurors noted the successful way that the new addition both harmonizes and contrasts with the existing building.

Habitat in Rhode Island

Published February 1, 2011

Once things warm up a bit, Rhode Island’s South County Habitat for Humanity will begin construction on our “Gable House.”

Slated for a spring start, the 4-bedroom home will be built by volunteers in South Kingstown, RI. In addition to KRA’s house, three other homes will be built on adjacent lots. If you are in the South Kingstown area and would like to volunteer, please contact South County Habitat for Humanity.

“Gable House” was named winner of SCHH’s 2010 competition to design an affordable, energy-efficient house. Our “Corner House” was a finalist in the 3-bedroom category.

In related news, we are working again with Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity to design a Habitat house in Belchertown, MA.

Spring Film Series - Riverscaping

Published January 21, 2011

This spring's "Architecture Through Film" series will focus on how rivers shape our cities and ourselves. The five films, ranging from critical documentaries to classic American cinema, provide an opportunity to examine how filmmakers portray rivers while also providing a backdrop for discussing our own relationships with waterways.

The films will be screened at Amherst College. Discussions will follow each film with KRA's Andy Grogan and Hampshire College's Thom Long acting as moderators. The series is sponsored by Western Massachusetts AIA and the Five College Architectural Studies Program. The complete schedule is available here.

The idea for the current series emerged from a grant that the Five Colleges were awarded for "Riverscaping". "Riverscaping" is a partnership with citizens, artists, and community leaders in Hamburg, Germany, an area that shares similar environmental and historical qualities with Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley. Participants will explore ways to reconnect with rivers to improve the environment and communities.

Riddle of Oz

Published December 29, 2010

If you’re headed to Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater's production of The Wizard of Oz, you’ll see sets designed by KRA’s Chris Riddle, AIA.

Performances run January 13-16 and 21-23. For tickets and more information, contact Amherst Leisure Services.

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