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Princeton Review rankings confirm power of great library design

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

PRINCETON, NJ – The result of the Princeton Review’s survey of 120,000 students at 368 top US colleges and universities ranked four campuses with recent or current Shepley-designed libraries on its “Best Library” list. The four are Princeton (#2), Duke (#3), Furman (#13), and Colgate (#18) universities.

Duke Library at Furman University was awarded LEED Gold certification by the US Green Building Council earlier this year, and the latest phase of the renovation of Perkins Library at Duke University is scheduled for completion at the end of the summer

Agnes Scott College in Decatur, where the firm’s projects include the school’s science center, was ranked 19th in “Best Classroom Experience”.

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Buley Library addition completed

Monday, 7 July 2008

NEW HAVEN, CT – The construction of a 135,000 sf addition to Buley Library has been completed, marking a significant milestone in the renovation and expansion project for Southern Connecticut State University. Offices and books have been moved into the new wing so that the renovation of the existing 98,000 sf portion of the facility can begin. The entire project, which will transform the library into the intellectual hub of this commuter campus, is scheduled to be finished in 2010.

The renovation and addition will more than double the library’s size and quadruple overall seating capacity to about 1,600 seats, with an atrium connecting the addition and the original building. The ...[more]

Von der Heyden Pavilion, Duke University: “Safe Space”

Monday, 30 June 2008

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With its cafe and generous space, the glass-walled Pavilion is a wildly popular destination campus destination. The space evolved to embody a concept we call “safe space”: an environment that fosters comfort, honesty, and trust. The Pavilion sits near Duke’s iconic chapel, a subtle nod to the notion of library as inspirational space. Conversation and collaboration flow unhindered between the Pavilion and Perkins Library. Flexibility of time is integral to safe space, where formal and and informal meetings are neither limited or prolonged. This notion of flexible time takes the well-known “third place” concept a step further by extending and encouraging ...[more]

Top Building Trends

30 June 2008

American Library Association Annual Conference - Anaheim, CA

Panel including Carole Wedge, FAIA, President, Shepley Bulfinch

Ground broken for Ashley Hall library and science center

Thursday, 29 May 2008

CHARLESTON, SC – The Ashley Hall School celebrated the start of construction on its new Library/ Media and Science Center in a ceremony held today on the school’s historic Charleston campus.

When it is completed the 20,000 s.f. building will house a new library and media center for this independent girls’ school, quadrupling the size of the school’s existing library facilities. A science center will occupy the building’s top floor, as well as an additional 4,500 sf of renovated space on the top floor of adjacent Lane Hall.

A glass connector will link the new structure to Lane Hall. Trellises scaling the building’s entrance will cloak the walls with flowering vines specifically ...[more]

Furman University library addition awarded LEED Gold

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

GREENVILLE, SC – James Buchanan Duke Library at Furman University has been awarded LEED NC 2.0 Gold certification by the US Green Building Council for its 48,000 sf addition.

Located at the heart of the Furman Campus, the Duke Library serves as the University’s main library, housing a technology-rich learning environment and a collection of over 400,000 volumes. The addition of the Charlie Peace Wing, connected to the existing library by a light-filled atrium, includes a high-performance air and vapor barrier, lighting control systems, and low-VOC materials.

Shepley Bulfinch was the design architect in association with Neal Prince + Partners of Greenville.

Marquette Law School building breaks ground May 22

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Milwaukee, WI – Marquette University will celebrate the groundbreaking of its new Law School building in a ceremony on May 22. The Board of Trustees gave final approval for the project on May 7.

“We recognize the importance the Law School has always had in educating lawyers of the highest skill and ethical caliber,” said Marquette president Rev. Robert A. Wild, SJ. “This new building will allow our first-rate faculty to deliver the very best in legal education to a new generation.”

The building will be named Eckstein Hall in honor of the $51 million donation from Raymond and Katherine Eckstein, an alumni couple. The 200,000 sf building will include two courtrooms, ...[more]

Transforming the library into an integrated learning center

5 April 2008

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Learning Space and Technology conference - Agnes Scott College, Decatur GA

Sarah Felton, Shepley Bulfinch
Susan Perry, Mellon Foundation