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The smart design behind Salem State’s floating stair

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Smart design stands on its own – sometimes literally.

That’s the case at Salem State University’s Berry Library: the design thinking behind the library’s open stair gets top billing in “16 smart solutions for architects, engineers, and contractors,” a feature in the December issue of Building Design & Construction.

The feature outlines the design challenge and the solution developed by Shepley Bulfinch and engineering firm SGH, working together to create the stair’s elegant floating form.

“16 great solutions…” Building Design & Construction, December 2013

Interior Design honors for Brody Learning Commons

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

When Interior Design magazine named Brody Learning Commons an honoree in the 2013 Best of Year Awards last week, it honored a place that the Johns Hopkins University community has called home – and nicknamed the BLC – since its doors opened in the fall of 2012.

Designed as a complement to the Eisenhower Library, the open and connected BLC offers a range of study spaces, a quiet reading room, and a state-of-the-art conservation lab. Its beauty is more than skin deep, though: the BLC is ...[more]

University of Houston project featured in Texas Architect

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

2013 Houston facade detailThe design thinking behind the facade of the University of Houston’s Health and Biomedical Science Building is “More than skin deep,” as detailed in an online feature in the current issue of Texas Architect.

Speaking with writer Jack Murphy, Shepley Bulfinch architect Luke Voiland discussed the materiality of the facade, including the fritted glass and the articulated precast system that creates a series of shifting patterns of light and shadow as the sun crosses the sky.

The Health and Biomedical Science Building was dedicated earlier this year.

More Than Skin ...[more]

Urban pediatric health center designed to make a difference

Monday, 28 October 2013

Childrens Hosp of Mich Specialty Ctr - DetroitChildren’s Hospital of Michigan’s Specialty Center in Detroit is designed and built to create a culture of wellness for a new generation of children in Detroit. That’s the gist of “An environment for healing,” a feature on the Center that appears in the October 2013 issue of CAM magazine. The Construction Association of Michigan profiled the Specialty Center as one of its Projects of the Year.

The article focuses on the design and delivery of this high-impact project. In the words of Shepley principal Elise Woodward, ...[more]

Austin’s “flexible, evolving library” featured in magazine

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Austin's New Central LibraryHow are public libraries evolving, and how do we design them today to accommodate changing demands and technologies?

Tackling that question was central to the design of the new Central Library for the city of Austin, Texas, which is featured in “Local Government Projects: Six Visionary Strategies” in the August issue of Building Design+Construction magazine.  As Shepley Bulfinch managing principal Sid Bowen notes in the article, “We want to the building to last 100 years, not just structurally, but functionally.”

The library, which was designed by a joint partnership of Shepley Bulfinch and ...[more]

Many Hats: The challenge of a small college union

10 March 2013

2013 ACUI Annual Conference, St Louis, MO

Janette Blackburn, Shepley Bulfinch
Tim Butler, Philadelphia University
Jim McLaughlin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Interior Design ranks Shepley among top education designers

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Harvard Business School, Hi BuildingShepley Bulfinch was ranked 39th among the country’s leading interior design firms, according to a survey just published in the January issue of Interior Design magazine. The magazine’s annual ranking of the “100 Interior Design Giants” is based on 2012 interior design fees for major architecture and design firms around the US.

Shepley ranked fifth among education design firms, making the survey’s Top 10 in education design for the fourth year in a row. Shepley’s 2012 major education interiors clients included Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Hamline University, and the University of Houston.

Shepley ...[more]

Making connections at Hamline’s Anderson Center

Friday, 18 January 2013

Hamline - Anderson University Center at duskHow are non-academic buildings defining a vibrant student experience? For Hamline University’s Anderson University Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota, it’s all about making connections, as discussed in “New facilities enhance the quality of campus life,” a Trends Report in the January issue of Building Design + Construction.

Not simply a student union, the Anderson Center has become a campus-wide crossroads for students, faculty, and staff, and the gateway from the campus to the city of Saint Paul.

The vision was shaped in the planning process, noted principal Angela ...[more]