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Bringing Students Back on Campus: Who Owns the Brand?

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

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Every university in the United States had both professional and independent apartment owners and managers scattered around their periphery for decades. Increasing enrollment was managed by the marketplace and universities focused on new buildings for academic, research, student life, recreation, and sports complexes. Frankly, it was easier to get a donor or a state legislature to approve an Interdisciplinary Science and Research Center than it was to fund a Residence Hall.

Despite this funding differential, student housing cannot be denied in its ability to effectively and positively impact student experience and success. It is the core of the branded ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch Transforms Residential Life at Wabash College

Monday, 5 December 2016

Renovation and new construction at 184-year-old men’s college increases on-campus housing capacity by 25% Shepley Bulfinch_Wabash College_West Campus_Bitterman

PHOENIX – December 5, 2016 - Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture firm known for design excellence and innovation with offices in Boston, Houston and Phoenix, announced today the completion of 22,500 SF of renovations to Martindale Hall and 49,200 SF of new construction on the Residential Life District at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The six new buildings and 136 new beds have increased housing capacity on campus by 25% and the renovated residence hall has transformed student life ...[more]

17 new life science ventures moving in at the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab

Friday, 21 October 2016

Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab

The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab team has been busy over the last several months, getting ready for this state-of-the-art wet lab environment to become home to a curated community of 17 growth-stage life sciences startups. Harvard recently announced these new community members, which you can learn about on their web site.

This space will provide these startups opportunity to test their ideas and develop their ventures with lab benches, collaborative work spaces, conference rooms, and a ...[more]

Today’s lab building by the numbers

Friday, 14 October 2016

Shepley Bulfinch undertook a 3-month long study where we examined science facilities from over a 100 colleges and universities across the country. We gathered data that details departmental usage, building efficiency and other key metrics that drive the design of science buildings. In particular, we tracked usage related to interdisciplinary research and STEM trends across higher education.

Key insights included:

  • Buildings are 37% larger while undergoing a 15% reduction in square footage per department.
  • There has been a 260% increase in the space allotted to dry labs. This dramatic increase represents new types of research driven by technology that does not require hoods and benches, including computational biology, computer science, and robotics.
  • Increased ...[more]

New Landmark Library Award Winner Transforming Campus and Student Experience

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

VCU Cabell Library Brutalist Design renovation transparency

The Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell Library project exemplifies the potential to transform an introverted mid-century building into a state-of-the-art facility that enlivens an entire campus.

The existing building lacked critical spaces for individual and group study, collaboration, and social interaction. In response, the addition and renovation nearly double seating capacity and introduce a range of multi-functional, flexible spaces that will allow the ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch and The Awty International School Celebrate Early Learning Campus Groundbreaking

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The Awty Intl School Rendering by Shepley Bulfinch

Project marks sixth collaboration for design firm and Houston international day school

HOUSTON – September 20, 2016 - Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture firm known for design excellence and innovation with offices in Boston, Houston and Phoenix, today announced it has been engaged by The Awty International School to provide master planning and design services to transform a former 30-year-old urban office park into a dynamic early learning campus. The Awty International School, a college preparatory PK3 through 12th grade international day school in Houston, celebrated the groundbreaking for the renovation of three buildings ...[more]

New multi-disciplinary science facility at the University of Houston underway

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

innovative new integrated healthcare clinic and multi-disciplinary science facility at the University of Houston

 

The University of Houston’s new Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2 is well underway, and set to be completed in late 2017. The new, multi-disciplinary facility that will feature specialized research space, labs, offices, an expanded library, and an integrated healthcare clinic to serve the University of Houston community as well as surrounding community members. For more information, see the new article in ...[more]

If we build it…

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

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If we build it, will they come? This was one of the many questions posed this spring at the Learning Spaces Collaboratory Forum. Shepley Bulfinch, along with other national design and academic leaders, was invited to participate in a series of roundtables, concluding with a national forum in Washington, D.C. The challenge was lofty: to discuss and determine what is “now and next” in classroom design and instruction.

Of particular interest to us was the idea of institutions experimenting with learning spaces, essentially testing, what works today and what will be flexible enough to evolve with changing pedagogies. Experimenting with learning ...[more]