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Solving a design problem: light and form at play

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Catching the sun as it plays across the building’s surface, the undulating facade system for the University of Houston’s Health and Biomedical Sciences Building is an innovative design solution that responds to challenges in topography and program.

The risk of flooding on the low-lying site disallowed a basement, shifting all mechanical space to the top of the building. Likewise, the building program’s secure research spaces – typically located below grade – are also at the top level. Since both the mechanicals and research program require windowless spaces, the upper half of the building facade has few openings.

Recognizing the potentially overwhelming proportion of a solid facade, the design team used reflection ...[more]

UNM Science and Math Learning Center dedicated

Thursday, 10 March 2011

The University of New Mexico’s Science & Mathematics Learning Center in Albuquerque was dedicated on March 4, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and building tour. University Regent Carolyn Abeita and President David Schmidly were joined by political and community leaders and senior administrators for the event.

“I’m very excited to see the vision of the Center come to life,” said Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Brenda Claiborne. “Not only does the center provide fully equipped teaching labs and classrooms aimed at engaging freshmen and sophomores in science and mathematics, but it ...[more]

Where the jobs are: Time magazine sees the future at Johns Hopkins

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

The robotics lab at Johns Hopkins’ School of Computer Science and Engineering gets a shout-out in the January 17 issue of Time magazine. The article, “Where the jobs are,” discusses the sectors for job growth in the current economy. Johns Hopkins has established training programs to better match the skills of Baltimore residents with the requirement of the sophisticated bioengineering jobs now being created.

The photo in the article shows Professor Russ Taylor’s robotics lab at Hackermann Hall on Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. The building, with its open bays ...[more]

Interdisciplinary research in “a place to be curious”

Monday, 8 November 2010

Think you know what goes on here? Look again. Step inside Hackerman Hall, home to Johns Hopkins’ Computational Sciences program and a remarkable intellectual crossroads.

Science design: Use a starting point to measure success

Thursday, 28 October 2010

It may sound counterintuitive, but the most important thing about designing science and research facilities doesn’t actually involve design. The only way to plan for a future facility is to give a long hard look at the way you work today.

It’s a little like looking at your eating habits and stepping on the scale when you want to get in shape. It’s not easy. Start by:

- Establishing a vision and a set of quantifiable goals that will support it
- Understanding where you are today, evaluating existing facilities and current processes and ...[more]

Higher utilization of assets for science program growth

19 October 2010

Tradeline College & University Science Facilities 2010, Boston, MA

Elise Woodward, Shepley Bulfinch
William E. Riley, Shepley Bulfinch
Gail Dahlstrom, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Genomics projects featured in Lab Design News

Thursday, 15 July 2010

The Genomics Building at the University of California, Riverside, is featured in the July issue of Lab Design News. The facility opened at the start of the 2009-10 academic year.

This high-intensity multidisciplinary facility, which advances the pioneering research of the University’s Institute of Integrative Genome Biology, concentrates on plant, insect, and microbial genomics.

The building serves more than 200 faculty, researchers, and graduate and post-doctoral students with a bioinformatics suite, research labs, and instrumentation facilities including insectaries and growth chambers, supporting the development of new products such as medicinal plants, stress-resistant crops, and ...[more]

Martha Rothman named consulting principal

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Healthcare design leader Martha Rothman FAIA, LEED AP, has joined Shepley Bulfinch as a consulting principal.

In announcing the appointment, Shepley Bulfinch president Carole Wedge said, “The synergy of Martha’s experience and Shepley’s portfolio of health care and institutional work couldn’t be stronger. This is a tremendous opportunity for us and for our clients.”

Martha brings more than 40 years of experience in the planning and design of healthcare and academic science facilities. She co-founded Rothman Partners in 1969, growing the firm to a staff of more than 60 by the mid-1990s. In 2005 the ...[more]