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Belk, Case Libraries profiled in American Libraries magazine

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Colgate University’s newly completed Case Library and the Carol Grotnes Belk Library at Appalachian State University were among the projects selected for inclusion in the Architectural Showcase in the April issue of American Libraries, the monthly publication of the American Library Association.

The Case Library, which bridges Colgate’s upper and lower campuses, comprises a 101,000 sf renovation and 51,000 sf addition. The dynamic space includes a café, 24-hour study areas, and videoconferencing and multimedia production facilities.

The prominent tower of the 210,000 sf Belk Library is a campus landmark for Appalachian State’s Boone, NC, campus. The building’s design capitalizes on the University’s unique location with daylit reading spaces offering mountain vistas.

University library opens in Ireland

Thursday, 24 January 2008

boole_lib_corkCork, Ireland – Mary Hanafin, TD, Ireland’s Minister for Education and Science, dedicated the newly expanded and renovated Boole Library, Ireland’s leading research institute, today in a ceremony at University College Cork. In her remarks, the Minister called the project a “great example of Ireland’s commitment to upgrading facilities for research nationwide.”

This addition and renovation, which includes a new postgraduate research library, significantly expands and upgrades Boole , already the largest library outside Dublin, with integrated technologies, as well as additional conservation, reading, and exhibition space.

The Boole Library is home to the Official ...[more]

Just seen here… Brooklyn College Library

Friday, 18 January 2008

Shepley’s Bulfinch’s 2003 library project at Brooklyn College was featured in this week’s issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The library appeared as the second page photo teaser for a Chronicle article on the long-term impacts of admissions preferences in higher education.

“Collaboratory” dedicated at Colgate University

Friday, 5 October 2007

Hamilton, NY – The new Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology was dedicated at Colgate University today, creating a new intellectual and social hub for the campus.

The project was designed to rejuvenate the facility and reclaim the library’s prominent place as the University’s major academic building. Located at the base of the hilltop campus, the 160,000 s.f., $57.5 million facility is built on the footprint of the former Case Library. The previous library, which was built in 1951, was isolated from the academic core of the campus and had become cramped and outdated.

During the ceremony, Colgate President Rebecca Chopp applauded the new “collaboratory,” while Provost Lyle Roelofs thanked ...[more]

Furman library profiled in Real Estate and Construction Review

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

The James B. Duke Library at Furman University was among the projects profiled in Real Estate and Construction Review’s 2007 Carolinas Edition.

The 52,000 s.f. expansion and 70,000 s.f. renovation of the Greenville, SC, university library transformed the crowded facility into the intellectual heart of the Furman campus, and doubled its capacity. The director of the Library noted that the transformation has made the library “the place to be… and the jewel of the buildings on campus.”

Shepley Bulfinch worked with local associate architects Neal Prince + Partners on the project, which is targeting LEED certification.

Colgate University library featured in College Planning & Management

Monday, 21 May 2007

The May issue of College Planning and Management features the opening of Colgate University’s newly renovated Case Library and the Geyer Center for Information Technology.

Located at the base of the hilltop campus, the Library features a 24-hour study space, a cafe, and video conference center. Flexible workrooms are located on the new top level, which is directly accessible from the upper campus. A “Main Street” traverses the main library floor, connecting with campus pathways and creating an inviting campus portal. The renovation features an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) that provides archival-quality storage for 500,000 volumes. This provides accessible, high-density storage, retaining more materials on site while freeing ...[more]

Santa Rosa Community College "green" library in Architectural Showcase

Monday, 2 April 2007

The Frank P Doyle Library at Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, California, was one of 27 public and academic libraries nationwide to be included in the April 2007 issue of American Libraries magazine.

The American Library Association publication’s annual Design Showcase highlighted the host of environmental features which are incorporated seamlessly in the Doyle Library’s traditional design. These include the library’s use of a 58-kw photovoltaic array and a system of thermal energy storage units.

The 141,000 s.f. library was the work of design partners TLCD Architecture of California, which oversaw the project’s sustainable design elements, and Shepley Bulfinch, which brought its expertise in library planning and programming to the project. ...[more]

Queen's Library Cited as Part of Belfast Revival

Wednesday, 14 March 2007

The new library at Queen’s University, Belfast, was among the examples of the economic revival of Belfast, Northern Ireland, according to an article which appeared today in Architecture Week.

With design techniques that exceed code requirements, the 190,000 s.f. project is expected to meet the stringent standards of the UK’s Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).

Instead of a mechanical system, its natural ventilation system will reduce energy costs by fifty percent. The library’s sustainable elements also include automatically operated windows, atria, roof venting, and a night cooling strategy that utilizes exposed concrete structural slabs. Ground source heat pumps, with a raised floor system, efficiently deliver low temperature heat. ...[more]