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R. W. Kern Center Funding Opportunities

Physical environment helps shape the campus culture. It embodies our values. How students feel that a school thinks about them is influenced by space, light, places to find others, and places to be alone. They are influenced not only by what we teach, but also by how we operate. Therefore, Hampshire College broke ground in 2014 on the R. W. Kern Center, our first new building in decades: a multifunctional learning, teaching, and exhibition space. The 15,000-square-foot R. W. Kern Center will house the admissions offices, meeting spaces, and classrooms.


Living Building Certification

The R. W. Kern Center will meet the standards of the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Certification (LBC), arguably the most rigorous building standard in the world. As a "living building," it will also be a learning laboratory, producing its own energy, treating its own waste, and gathering its own water. The R. W. Kern Center will be a proud symbol for Hampshire College, as it will serve all of the campus in a variety of ways and stand in the forefront of sustainable building practices.

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Naming Opportunities

Campus Quad: Named

Ground Floor

Lobby: Named
Admissions Wing (Floor 1): Named
Individual Counseling Offices (8): $25,000 (each, one named)
Classrooms (2): $50,000 (each, one named)
Living Room: $250,000
Coffee Bar: Named
Director Office: $50,000
Gallery (Vestibule): $75,000

First Floor Plan

Second Floor

Admissions Wing (Floor 2): $250,000
Individual Counseling Offices (6): $25,000 (each, one named)
Financial Aid Wing: Named
Foyer: $50,000
Info Session Room: Named
Large Classroom (1): $100,000
New Student Programs: Named
Director Office: $50,000
Interview Room: $75,000

Second Floor Plan

Living  Building Opportunities

Bus Stop: Named
Solar Array: $500,000
Rain Gardens/Landscaping North: $100,000
Rain Gardens/Landscaping South: $100,000
Living Building Challenge Resource Center: $100,000

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