Featured Sustainable

Because of an early and persistent interest in sustainable design, we have been able to introduce innovative sustainable strategies into many of our projects over the last two decades. Many energy-saving approaches that were once exceptional have become standard aspects of our projects.

Yet, even the baseline isn't a fixed target. We work with each client to determine what makes sense for them and for their project. Sometimes this allows us to push the envelope; we've chosen to highlight the following projects because they surpass our baseline standards for energy efficiency and sustainability and represent a new standard towards which we hope future projects will strive.

Olympia Oaks

Olympia Oaks

New Construction
Amherst, Massachusetts

KRA was selected by HAPHousing to provide design services for “Olympia Oaks,” a neighborhood of 42 affordable, energy-efficient homes on a 13-acre site in Amherst, MA.  The design team includes Doucet & Associates, Lindgren & Sharples, PC, New England Environmental, and Ryan Hellwig, PE.

Previously, KRA worked with the Town of Amherst on a feasibility study for the project.

UMass Amherst - Marching Band Building

UMass Amherst
Marching Band Building

New Construction
Amherst, Massachusetts

LEED Gold

New 15,000 square foot building, connected to an historic livestock arena that houses the university’s percussion program.  The building includes a 5,500 square foot rehearsal hall for the marching band of 400 students, offices, student staff and support spaces, rehearsal rooms and instrument storage.

Hampshire College - The Ken Burns Wing

Hampshire College
The Ken Burns Wing

New Construction
Amherst, Massachusetts

2010 Finalist Award, Western Massachusetts AIA; LEED Gold

New 6,700 square foot addition to the Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography and Video, a part of the Arts Complex at Hampshire College.

Habitat for Humanity Housing

Habitat for Humanity Housing

New Construction
Amherst, Massachusetts

2010 Special Mention Award, Western Massachusetts AIA

This project is the result of a unique partnering between Amherst College and Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity. Amherst College donated the land to build four houses over the course of four years. Kuhn Riddle provided the design of the prototype houses. Super-insulated envelopes and point source heating provide an economical alternative for affordable housing.

New England Environmental

New England Environmental

New Construction
Amherst, Massachusetts

LEED Platinum

Part of a two-phase development that consists of two, 2-story, wood-frame office buildings, the first phase houses offices for New England Environmental, Inc., an environmental consulting firm who will occupy approximately 5,000 square feet of the 9,600 square foot building, and tenant space for lease.

Kuhn Riddle Architects Office

Kuhn Riddle Architects Office

Renovation
Amherst, Massachusetts

As part of a larger adaptive reuse of the Amherst Cinema Building, our own offices allowed us to build what we hope is a model of sustainability for future clients.  “Green” features include: open floor plan with ample daylight, locally fabricated workstations made of wheatboard, locally grown and sustainably harvested ash flooring and trims, all-natural flooring made from linseed oil and cork, and a 5KW rooftop solar array that generates approximately 16% of the office’s electrical needs.