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.
Great Barrington, MA
100 Bridge street is a mixed-use development put forward by Benchmark Development and the Berkshire County CDC on a brownfield in Great Barrington, MA. It includes a food coop and a mix of affordable and market rate housing. It also features a new central green space and river walk that will connect with the town and invite the public to enjoy this riverside site. Kuhn Riddle is developing the housing component and is collaborating with The Berkshire Design Group on the master plan.
Adaptive Reuse / Residential
KRA has been working with Arch Street Development LLC on the design of this 50-unit affordable housing development. The project is located in the historic Nashawannuck Mill building in downtown Easthampton. The design respects and highlights the brick walls and heavy timber construction. A 1970’s concrete block and steel addition has been removed to expose the historic brick facades. Construction began in January of 2014.
A collaboration between Veteran’s Homestead, Inc. and Mount Wachusetts Community College to provide a healthy environment for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The LEED Gold project includes a Therapy Building with a pool, massage, physical therapy and meeting rooms, as well as 10 duplexes for veterans & their families. 28 geothermal wells provide heat & hot water, and 8,364 square feet of PV panels provide electricity.
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.
Part of a three phase development for a historic farm. Phase one converted the existing farm house into an administrative building for a new charter school. Phase two set up an APR with the state to put 70% of the farmland into a preserve trust that leaves the land available to local farmers. Phase three is a 39 unit condo development, geared towards owners 55 and over. The units are arranged around a courtyard and look outward into private gardens or decks, and the landscape beyond.
Bordering the Norwottock bike path, the East Street Commons introduces 32 affordable and energy efficient single-story homes to Hadley, MA. Incorporating a central “commons” area, signature to Hadley’s landscape, this 55 and older community weaves open meadow green space through a variety of 2-bedroom homes designed in New England vernacular style.