Living Building Tours
The Hitchcock Center has provided building tours for over 3,000 visitors including students of all ages, community members, sustainability and design professionals from every state in New England, as well as states across the country, and visitors from over 30 countries from around the world. We welcome you to stop in and visit us during our open hours, join a tour, or learn more right now with our informational guide in English or in Spanish.
The Hitchcock Center received the 2018 Honor Award for Sustainable Design from the Boston Society of Architects (BSA). The BSA jury had this to say about our project:
“Hitchcock Center for the Environment is a strong example of architecture’s power to educate. This center doesn’t merely talk the talk by housing an environmental educational program; it walks the walk. Living Building Challenge designed, the structure is thoughtfully integrated with its site and existing systems. Its formal qualities, its graphics, and its performance achievements combine to tell a complete and compelling story about design.”
Public Building Tours
First Fridays at 4pm: April 5, May 3, June 7
Third Wednesdays at 12pm: March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19
FREE but please register online
Did you know the Hitchcock Center is a Living Building? It is designed to model systems in nature, it’s net zero energy and water, has composting toilets, and has been made with responsibly sourced non-toxic materials. Come find out what makes our building a special teaching tool empowering visitors to ask, “what does sustainability look like in the built environment and in my community?” Bring your questions so we can learn together. Tours typically last from 1-1.5 hours.
While you’re here, check out our neighbors over at the R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College, another Living Building Challenge project.
Private Building Tours
The Hitchcock Center offers private group building tours, based on availability. The fee for these tours is $50/group for a one hour weekday tour (during business hours). Please limit group size to 15-20 for the best experience. Please contact Jessica Schultz, Living Building Coordinator, to arrange your group’s tour.
Note: We are pleased to be able to offer Spanish language translators for our building tours. If you or someone you know could benefit from translation, please let us know in advance, so that we may schedule a translator for your tour date.