Kleinfelder served as the prime consultant for MassDevelopment on this two-story, 9,000-square-foot structure on a ¾-acre lot. The new Berkshire Visitors Center in Adams, Massachusetts serves as an exhibit hall, a storage area, a conference hall, retail space, and office building.
The new Visitors Center would need to contain all the proposed elements, in addition to offices for the Berkshire Visitors Bureau. MassDevelopment sought to highlight the location’s prominent view of the nearby Mount Greylock, as well as an adjacent bicycle trail, in order to emphasize the Center as a point of connection between the community and its local recreation offerings. In addition, contaminated substrata on the site demanded treatment and careful attention during construction.
Kleinfelder implemented two innovations in the building design. Firstly heating and cooling are now derived from geothermal energy from water in a 1,000-to-1,500-foot well and circulated in heat pumps. Secondly in response to the contaminated substrata, Kleinfelder designed 12-foot-deep piers of gravel aggregate, thus reinforcing the soil and minimizing excavation and treatment of contaminated material.
In addition to providing architectural, structural, geotechnical, civil, landscaping, and project management services, Kleinfelder also based the building’s architecture off a traditional mill building in Adams—helping the Vistors Center become a prominent landmark in the Town’s reemerging downtown.