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Library design: Six elements of a successful process

Monday, 21 March 2016

One of an occasional series

Janette BlackburnPlanning the transformation of an academic library is likely to involve an expanded mix of users. This may include new partners and will call for a dynamic, inclusive process.

Some helpful strategies include

Map the journey
Think of your process as a travel guide for your journey and the destination is the completion of your library project. Plan for unexpected stops and side trips along the way, but keep the final destination in sight.

Make it open and collaborative
Use the process to harness different perspectives, create a campus-wide buzz, and build ...[more]

Leap Day: Leap forward for University of Houston

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Univ of Houston Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2In a February 29 ceremony attended by members of the university community, legislative leaders, and donors, the University of Houston marked the start of construction for Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2 (HBSB 2), designed by Shepley Bulfinch and built by Tellepsen Builders.

The building will be home to the UH College of Pharmacy, including the planned UH Center for Drug Discovery and Development; and the University of Houston’s Integrated Care Center, which will provide primary medical and behavioral health services for the underserved in ...[more]

Day in the life: The Awty School early learning campus

Thursday, 10 March 2016

The Awty International School’s new Early Learning Campus will provide the school’s next generation with opportunities for learning, vehicles for exploration and plenty of space for play.

Parents, teachers, and staff will see a safe, secure campus over three times the size of the existing facility, with spaces that accommodate the school’s rich programs and reflect its dedication to students’ development as future leaders, thinkers, and people of character.

It is all this and more. Creating the Early Learning Campus calls for more than an architect’s skills. It means seeing the world through a child’s eyes. It is about creating a world filled with opportunities for learning, vehicles for exploration, and abundant ...[more]

Wabash College kicks off “re-imagination” of flagship residence hall

Thursday, 11 February 2016

A symbolic groundbreaking ceremony at Wabash College on January 30 marked the start of construction for Shepley Bulfinch’s re-design and renovation of Martindale Hall, the most prominent student residence on the Crawfordsville, Indiana, campus.

Speaking at the ceremony, Wabash President Gregory Hess celebrated the elevation of the quality of independent student housing for this small men’s college with the completion of a new six-unit residential life complex that added 136 new beds on the west part of the campus and the revitalization of 55-year old Martindale Hall.

Built in 1961, Martindale is the largest of Wabash’s residence halls. The redesign borrows several concepts from the new residential precinct, providing a variety of ...[more]

“Learning together in the best environment possible”

Friday, 8 January 2016

The voices of Groton School in this video offer powerful testimony on the transformation of their historic Schoolhouse and the impact of design on a community of learners.

Film by Jordan Beard and Alistair Wilson
Courtesy of Groton School

LEED Gold for Phillips Academy wellness center

Thursday, 3 December 2015

LEED 2015 GOLD medallion 150x150The US Green Building Council has awarded LEED Gold Certification to The Rebecca M. Sykes Wellness Center at Phillips Academy. It is the second LEED-certified building on the school’s Andover, Massachusetts, campus.

The sustainable design of the 17,000 square foot center reinforces the Center’s emphasis on health and well-being. “This is another testament to this beautiful new Wellness Center supporting Andover’s larger initiatives in individual and community health,” said Phillips Academy Medical Director Dr. Amy Patel.

The Center’s sustainable centerpiece is its geothermal system, with a 19-well field that lies beneath the ...[more]

Duke University’s Rubenstein Library awarded LEED Gold Certification

Thursday, 29 October 2015

LEED 2015 GOLD medallion 150x150Duke University’s Rubenstein Library, which was dedicated in October following a two-year restoration and renovation, has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council. It is the third Duke library project to be LEED Certified and the University’s seventh LEED Gold Certified building. The project’s most visible sustainable strategy was preserving the library building – one of the oldest academic structures on Duke’s West Campus – and elements of its 1948 and 1968 additions.

Preserving the building while preparing a new home for ...[more]

A hub for interdisciplinary STEM programs: Davidson College’s new academic building

20 October 2015

Tradeline College & Univ Science Facilities 2015, Boston, MA

William Riley, AIA, LEED AP, Shepley Bulfinch
David Holthouser, Davidson College