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60 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • MARCH 2017 Kern Kafé Offers a Welcome Support at Hampshire College K ern Kafé brings a much-welcomed service to the R.W. Kern Center, the first major new building constructed at Hampshire College, Amherst, N.H., in three decades. The cafe sits in the center's airy, double-height commons space, an area filled with natural light, and provides drinks and refreshments to members of the entire community, including students, faculty, staff and visiting families of prospective students. The 17,000-square-foot R.W. Kern Center serves as both a new gateway to campus and a beacon of sustainability. "The Kern Center is designed to meet the Living Building Chal- lenge [LBC], the most rigorous green building standard," says Jason Jewhurst, AIA, principal, Bruner/Cott Architects. The vision for Kern Kafé is consistent with the LBC's over- arching philosophy of striving to create a new model for green and regenerative building design. The building is expected to operate on 100 percent renewable energy on an annualized basis, supplying its own water and treating its own waste water Facility serves as a model for green and regenerative building design. By Donna Boss ON-SITE PROFILE Photograph by Amanda Schwengel R.W. Kern Center's commons area offers a spot for students to enjoy their Kern Kafé purchases and socialize. Photo by Robert Benson Photography