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“Living laboratory” dedicated at Austin College

Friday, 6 December 2013

IDEA Center dedication - Nov 8, 2013The recent dedication of Austin College’s IDEA Center in Sherman, Texas, celebrated the realization of the College’s long-standing vision for an interdisciplinary home for the sciences.

“The beautiful building behind me – and the living laboratory around its exterior – gives us good reason to celebrate,” said Austin College president Marjorie Hass before a gathering of trustees, donors, and the wider campus community.

Following the event, Shepley Bulfinch principal Elise Woodward said, “Walking through the IDEA Center at its dedication was the wonderful culmination of more than a ...[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.

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New biomedical sciences center dedicated in Houston

Monday, 11 February 2013

Healt & Biomedical Sciences BldgThe University of Houston celebrated its broadening impact in health care research and care with the dedication of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building on February 5.

Speaking at the ceremony, University of Houston president and chancellor Renu Khator noted the center’s role in advancing research and education for the University of Houston, a Carnegie Foundation Tier One Research Institution.

The facility, which houses teaching, research, and clinical facilities, includes the home of the Texas Institute for Measurement Evaluation and Statistics and the Molly and Doug Barnes Vision Institute, which ...[more]

Colby College science facility wraps up design

Friday, 13 July 2012

Design is now near completion for a new science facility for Colby College, with plans to break ground later this year.

The 36,400 square foot building on the Waterville, Maine, campus, will be home to the departments of computer science, mathematics and statistics, and psychology, with teaching and research space that will include robotics and psychology labs, seminar rooms, and classrooms.

In keeping with its commitment to the environment, Colby will pursue LEED Silver certification on the new building. It is scheduled for completion in 2014.

The science building is part of the implementation of Colby’s ...[more]

LEED Gold for Saint-Gobain research facility

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Saint-Gobain’s expanded research development facility in Northborough, Massachusetts, has received LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council.  Sustainable project highlights include a heat recovery wheel and a pressurized raised-floor system that promotes equal distribution of tempered air in the building.

The facility, which is part of Saint-Gobain’s Massachusetts research campus, was completed in 2009. The project makes ample use of building products from Saint-Gobain and its CertainTeed and ADFORS subsidiaries, from glass and roofing to adhesives, wallboard, and insulation. A.J. Martini of Winchester, Massachusetts, was the project’s construction manager.

Shepley’s other recent ...[more]

Integrated programs in a single building

5 December 2011

Tradeline Academic Medical and Health Science Center Conference, San Diego, CA

William E. Riley, AIA, Shepley Bulfinch
Angela Watson, AIA, Shepley Bulfinch

Milestone for University of Houston project

Monday, 12 September 2011

A “topping out” ceremony on September 9 marked the symbolic installation of the last piece of structural steel for the Health and Biomedical Sciences Center at the University of Houston, which will feature the College of Optometry’s Vision Institute. In keeping with tradition, a small tree and a flag were attached to the steel beam, which bears the signatures of those involved in the project from the university and the design and construction team. Dr Earl Smith, dean of the UH College of Optometry spoke at ...[more]

IDEA Center breaks ground at Austin College

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Austin College president Marjorie Hass welcomed trustees, distinguished alumni, and other guests at a June 3 groundbreaking ceremony for the IDEA Center, the Sherman, Texas, college’s new science and technology complex.

Twelve years in the planning, the 103,000 s.f. Center will emphasize breaking down boundaries between disciplines, housing the departments of physics, chemistry, biology, environmental studies, math, and computer science in one facility. A centerpiece of the new academic building is a domed observatory, with a 24″ telescope that will be among the best among the country’s liberal arts institutions.

The IDEA ...[more]