By Jonathan A. Wright
One of the primary goals of the Living Building Challenge (LBC) is to eliminate the use of known toxins in products installed in the built environment. If it is harmful to life – humans, animal or anything else – do not use it if at all possible. In 2016, Wright Builders Inc. completed two living buildings which will be evaluated for certification in the next 18-to-24 months. These projects gave us a unique opportunity to work inside the largely unexplored new world of materials research, vetting documentation, and research.
There’s a quiet revolution underway in Massachusetts….
By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
By Damaris Perez-Pizarro
La gran apertura del nuevo centro educacional Hitchcock Center Education for a Healthy Planet dio lugar en su nueva ubicación 845 West Street, Amherst, el sábado 1 de octubre donde un sin número de familias, líderes de la comunidad y líderes políticos se dieron cita para ser testigos de tan importante edificio para la comunidad del Western Massachusetts, los niños y el planeta en general.
By John Courtmanche
The Hampshire College campus will be a place of learning for some 10,000 more students of all ages each year as the college’s latest Cultural Village partner, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, celebrates its grand opening on Saturday, October 1. Eighteen months after signing a 95-year ground lease with the College, The Hitchcock Center has relocated from its previous home north of campus to its newly built 9,000-square-foot facility located between the Red Barn and the Hampshire College Farm, with access to nature trails and a range of ecological habitats on the College’s property.
By Stephanie Murray
An oversized plush turtle scurried across the floor of the new Hitchcock Center for the Environment on Saturday afternoon. It wiggled left. It wiggled right. Out popped five-year-old Vasu Bombardier from beneath the giant stuffed animal.
By Diane Lederman
While salamanders typically migrate in the spring, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment — which has the amphibian as its mascot — is preparing for an off-season migration of its own.
By Visit Hampshire County
With the return of the school year and the changing of seasons among us, we’re heading into one of the best times of the year in Western Massachusetts. As you plan your fall visits to Hampshire County, be sure to consider adding the some of these new places and events to your itinerary!
By Darcy Boyle
Concrete artists from EnnisArt have taken a standard concrete floor of the recently built Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst, Mass., and turned it into a beautiful depiction of the region’s Connecticut River Watershed.
By Scott Merzbach for the Daily Hampshire Gazette
AMHERST – An aerial view of the Connecticut River and surrounding watershed in Massachusetts will be a focal point for visitors as they proceed through the new 9,000-square-foot living building being constructed for the Hitchcock Center for the Environment on the Hampshire College campus. The image — to be painted onto the concrete floor over the next three weeks by Asheville, North Carolina artist Tom Schulz — will provide an element of art and nature intersecting inside the $5.8 million building that will use net zero water and net zero energy and produce net zero waste.