Colliers Project Leaders provided commissioning services for the R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College, a multi-functional learning, teaching, and exhibition space.
The R.W. Kern Center is the point of entry for prospective students and their families into the community. This building also provides instructional space, serves as a hub, and highlights Hampshire’s mission. The bookstore was relocated to the building from the first floor of the Johnson Library. This opens up almost the entire first floor of the library to be developed as a student learning commons.
The College pursued Living Building Certification (LBC), which required the creation of a net-zero energy, waste, and water building. As one of the first LBC-certified buildings in the country, Hampshire is providing national leadership at the confluence of architectural design and energy and water conservation. The R.W. Kern Center is a proud symbol for Hampshire College, as it serves all of the campus in a variety of ways and stands in the forefront of sustainable building practices.