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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]

Demystifying pharmacy regulations

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Demystifying pharmacy regulations USP 797 USP 800 Bridgeport Hospital Pharmacy Renovation
Satisfying the recently updated U.S. Pharmacopeial Compounding Compendium Convention regulations – more frequently known as USP 797 – can be a daunting task for healthcare facilities. At the New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society Annual Fall Conference, one of our architects noted that out of the dozens health facility representatives present at the USP 797/800 lecture, only a handful were confident that their pharmacies met upcoming USP 800 standards. After witnessing all of the apprehension, we decided to shed some light on the situation.

What are USP 797 and USP 800?
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Shepley Bulfinch honored for planning in urban context

Friday, 20 December 2013

The development of new zoning in a sensitive central district adjoining the University of Arizona in Tucson was one of nine Pima County projects honored by the Metropolitan Pima Alliance at its annual Common Ground awards earlier this month. The Main Gate Overlay District received top honors in in the Public Policy category.

The new district establishes a zoning overlay that preserves historic structures within its boundaries while allow new growth and development with the density necessary for the project to succeed. The rezoning, developed as part of the planning and design for the Next and Level student housing developments, was critical to allowing the completion of the two residential towers, ...[more]

Space utilization as a sustainable strategy

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Sometimes the most sustainable strategies in higher education are hidden in plain view. That’s Annie Newman’s point in her article “Do more, build less,” which appears as an online exclusive in the July 2011 issue of University Business magazine.

In the article, Annie discusses the ways that institutions can reduce capital costs and environmental impact through wise space use, and the strategies for managing existing space efficiently.

As the leader of Shepley Bulfinch’s planning practice, Annie has conducted space utilization studies for campus across the US and has presented and blogged on the ...[more]

(Almost) Do-it-yourself large-scale space auditing

27 July 2011

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP 46), Washington DC

Annie Newman, Shepley Bulfinch
Mary-Lynn Cummings, Cornell University
Convener: Trina Mace Learned, Northfield Mount Hermon School

Want to be strategic about healthcare delivery? Start with a facility master plan

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

You know you need to update your healthcare facility. You’re not operating as efficiently as you could. You know what’s not working, but in this climate of “doing more with less” how do you take steps that are strategic and sound? If there is one thing that’s constant in health care delivery, it’s change: if you’re going to successfully balance current needs with the demands of an unknown future, you should start with careful facility planning.

Step 1: Know what you have
This means developing a detailed inventory of buildings, including square footages. It’s surprising how many ...[more]

Two drivers of change in learning environments

Thursday, 5 November 2009

As a participant in Herman Miller’s Spring 2009 Higher Education Leadership Roundtable, I found the opportunity to sit and talk with thought leaders across the spectrum of higher education to be highly stimulating.

We spent two days discussing scenarios for learning that had been developed in 2005 and summarized in Herman Miller’s Outlook for Learning white paper – which ones were still valid, which ones had not come to pass, which ones were we still waiting for? In spite of the overarching theme of today’s economic realities, we still believed that every challenge presents an opportunity – and that higher education leaders are the ones who need to capitalize on these ...[more]

Davidson master plan process now underway

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

DAVIDSON, NC – The campus master plan is front-and-center in an article that appears in today’s issue of The Davidsonian, the campus newspaper of Davidson College.

In the article Annie Newman, Shepley’s director of planning, discusses how the master plan offers a framework for campus development, developing a physical campus that supports and advances the College’s strategic plan.

Annie brings her team to the campus on November 9 for a series of presentations and discussions with students, faculty, and staff, about master plan concepts, feedback, and new ideas. Shepley hosted a team from Davidson for an in-house master planning charrette in Boston in late October.

Davidsonian article – 4 November 2009