Building Designers Receive Awards
designers of two recent Smith constructions received awards
R. E. Dinneen Architects & Planners, Inc., and RDK Engineers, two firms based
in Boston that collaborated on the Clark Science Center renovation, were given
the 2013 Award of Excellence for Best Practice-Large Project from the International
Facility Management Association. The annual award recognizes outstanding achievements
and exceptional contributions to the advancement of the facilities management
The Clark Science Center renovation,
which transformed 163,000 square feet in Sabin-Reed and Burton
halls, took place during 18 months starting in summer 2011,
and included roof replacements, new wiring and sprinkler
systems, upgrades of equipment, new windows and signage,
and an exterior courtyard.
Bruce Coldham, of Coldham and
Hartman Architects in Amherst, Mass., the lead architectural
firm for Smith’s Bechtel Environmental Classroom,
received the Living Building Hero Award from the International Living Future
Institute (ILFI), which advocates and promotes green building and infrastructure
solutions worldwide. Coldham won the award for his service in creating living
buildings, the Bechtel Classroom prominent among them.
The Bechtel Environmental
Classroom is a 2,300-square-foot learning center, constructed
in 2012 at the Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station in
Whately. The building gained attention for its design, as
part of the Living Building Challenge, (which is administered
by ILFI), to generate all of its own energy with renewable
resources, and to develop its own water system.
classroom was funded by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.