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Library of the Future: Design study promotes flexible, future learning environments for mid-century modern building

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

By: Kelly Brubaker

As we continue to celebrate our military servicemen and women – veteran and active-duty – this week, we wanted to highlight a project of historic significance for our country. The Library of the Future study for McDermott Library initiates a forward-looking, adaptable learning and research environment at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Its recommendations rejuvenate Walter Netsch’s 59-year-old campus design vision, and position the library as the intellectual heart of The Academy.

Through a series of workshops and interviews with the Library Steering Committee and staff, Academy faculty and cadets, we developed proposals for a phased renovation and expansion of the library with partner ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch’s Cope Bailey Joins Board of Directors at The Lighthouse of Houston

Monday, 26 September 2016

Long-term supporter of organization serving the blind and visually impaired brings expertise, commitment to role

Shepley Bulfinch's Cope Bailey Joins Board of Directors at The Lighthouse of Houston

HOUSTON – September 26, 2016 – Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture firm known for design excellence and innovation with offices in Boston, Houston and Phoenix, announced today that Principal Cope Bailey has been invited to join the board of directors of The Lighthouse of Houston, a private, nonprofit education and service center dedicated to assisting blind and visually impaired people ...[more]

Austin’s “flexible, evolving library” featured in magazine

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Austin's New Central LibraryHow are public libraries evolving, and how do we design them today to accommodate changing demands and technologies?

Tackling that question was central to the design of the new Central Library for the city of Austin, Texas, which is featured in “Local Government Projects: Six Visionary Strategies” in the August issue of Building Design+Construction magazine.  As Shepley Bulfinch managing principal Sid Bowen notes in the article, “We want to the building to last 100 years, not just structurally, but functionally.”

The library, which was designed by a joint partnership of Shepley Bulfinch and ...[more]

Austin breaks ground on new Central Library

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Groundbreaking - Austin Central Library
The City of Austin, Texas, broke ground today on its new Central Library, establishing a major civic presence and community gathering space in the heart of the city’s redeveloped Seaholm district. The library, which is scheduled for completion in 2016, is designed by the architectural joint venture of Lake|Flato and Shepley Bulfinch.

The building is defined by a light-filled, six-story atrium space wrapped by collections and event space. Distinctive elements include a series of reading porches that overlook Shoal Creek and Lady Bird Lake, a quiet reading room, ...[more]

Design begins for Austin’s new Central Library

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

The design team of Shepley Bulfinch of Boston and Lake|Flato Architects of San Antonio has begun schematic design for Austin’s New Central Library.

A destination and a city landmark in the making, the New Central Library will welcome residents to a facility that emphasizes the delivery of information in both electronic and book formats, and includes a mix of lively and contemplative spaces. Collections will be displayed to encourage discovery, supported by state-of-the-art technologies integrated throughout the facility.

“What will the library need to be 30 years from now? In 2009, we could not have envisioned the astonishing development of e-books, tablets, and smartphones in 2010,” said Sid Bowen, managing principal of ...[more]

Interior Design award for The LINK

Saturday, 4 December 2010

The LINK received a Merit Award in Interior Design magazine’s Best of the Year (BOY) 2010 awards, announced in New York on December 3. The Phoenix, Arizona, mixed-use building, which was renovated in 2008, is home to Shepley Bulfinch’s Phoenix design studio.

Located at the heart of Phoenix Cultural District, the 8,000 square foot building is a model of adaptive reuse, with a renovation that re-purposed the structural shell of this two-story mid-century commercial structure and transformed it into building stock for the 21st century. The design studio is located on ...[more]

Courthouse design book features Worcester Trial Court

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Shepley Bulfinch’s Worcester Trial Court (2007) is one of 95 courthouse projects nationwide selected for inclusion in Retrospective of Courthouse Design 2001-2010, published by the National Center for State Courts. The book was officially launched at Designing For Justice. the international conference on justice design, hosted in Boston by the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice.

Worcester Trial Court is the first fully consolidated courthouse in the state, and was one of the first to employ court modernization technology and sustainable features.

The Worcester Trial Court is one ...[more]

Community health center, civic complex dedicated

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Navajo County’s new South County community center and administrative campus in Show Low, Arizona, was dedicated in a September 28 ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local and county officials and community leaders.

Speaking at the event, County Supervisor David Tenney said, “We believe that it should be as easy as possible for our residents to access County services. By consolidating County services into one convenient location, we hope we’ve accomplished that.”

The complex includes a new community health center, which gives residents centralized access to healthcare in a contemporary environment and doubles the space of ...[more]