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Saint-Gobain breaks ground on R&D facility west of Boston

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

NORTHBORO, MA – Saint-Gobain today broke ground on a new facility to expand the French company’s Research and Development Center in central Massachusetts. Company representatives and state and local officials were among those participating in the ceremony.

Shepley Bulfinch designed the 61,000 s.f. building to promote collaboration among research teams and to encourage innovation and creativity. It is being built using Saint-Gobain building products, including window glass, ceilings, wallboard, insulation, roofing and foundation products.The building is targeting LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council.

The Northboro site is the largest of Saint-Gobain’s worldwide research centers. Paris-based Saint-Gobain is the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of building materials, ...[more]

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]

21st C interdisciplinary science facilities in traditional campus environments

29 February 2008

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Facilities Roundtable - Chantilly, VA

Kevin Triplett, AIA, LEED AP
Tony Morra, AIA, LEED AP

Expecting the unexpected: using scenario planning to improve the lab construction process

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

by Elise Woodward, AIA LEED AP

Expecting the unexpected: using scenario planning to improve the lab construction process

Lab design and construction is complex in the best of circumstances. In the November/December 2007 issue of R&D magazine, Elise Woodward talks about the roles of purchasing, scheduling, and coordination in the delivery of sophisticated research facilities.

A new front door for Johns Hopkins

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Baltimore, MD – Amid fireworks and gala celebration, The Johns Hopkins University dedicated the Decker Quadrangle on the school’s Homewood campus today.

The $77 million project, under construction since 2005, includes Mason Hall, with a visitors’ center and admissions office, the 75,000 s.f. interdisciplinary Computational Science and Engineering Building and the 604-space South Garage, an underground structure covered by the grassy lawn of the Quad. The design of the complex reestablishes Homewood’s distinctive architectural style.

The Decker Quadrangle honors the late Alonzo Decker Jr., longtime chairman and CEO of Black & Decker Corp. and former Hopkins trustee, and his wife Virginia. Mason Hall is named in honor of Raymond A. “Chip” ...[more]

Interdisciplinary Science Center dedicated at Colgate

Monday, 17 September 2007

Robert H.N. Ho Science CenterHamilton, NY – The Robert H.N. Ho Science Center was dedicated in a September 15 ceremony at Colgate University. Described as “transformative” for the University both in form and in academic approach to the sciences, the 121,200 s.f. Center is designed to encourage interdisciplinary scientific research, as well as collaborative teaching and learning. It houses 40 research labs and 13 teaching labs, as well as the University’s environmental studies program and the departments of geography, geology, physics and astronomy, and part of the biology department.

Its ...[more]

Noted engineering building to be on Lab Design Conference tour

Monday, 10 September 2007

St Louis, MO – The Uncas A. Whitaker Hall for Biomedical Engineering at Washington Universitywill host attendees at the 2007 Lab Design Conference for guided tours of the 104,000 s.f.facility. later this month.

The three-story facility, which was completed in 2002, features a flexible lab wing; nanofabrication lab; vivarium and electron microscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance suites.

The building is designed in a contemporary Gothic style, reflecting the surrounding stone buildings, and is constructed of red Missouri granite and limestone, with slate roofs.

Shepley's Harvard rhinos celebrate their 70th birthday

Friday, 11 May 2007

Cambridge, MA – Harvard’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology held a 70th birthday celebration for Bessie and Victoria, the pair of life-sized bronze rhinoceros sculptures by Katherine Lane Weems that flank the entrance to Harvard’s Biological Laboratories. Featured speakers at the celebration included noted biologist E.O. Wilson. The two rhinos were adorned with makeup, jewelry and skirts for the festivities.

The Biological Laboratories were designed by Coolidge Shepley Bulfinch and Abbott in 1931; over 75 years later the building continues to be a central element of Harvard’s biology teaching and research programs.

In addition to sculpting the Labs’ beloved rhinos, Ms Weems also designed the entrance door panels and the ...[more]