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Behind the Wall: Bob Simmons

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Principal Bob Simmons, AIA, says higher education is akin to urban planning, which makes it a nice work space to inhabit. “The client is the steward of the whole village, and is sensitive to how each building affects not only its village, but the world.”

This interest in a holistic approach to uncover the essence of design is something Bob gravitated toward early on, and continues to bring to the forefront in his work today. Having recently joined Shepley Bulfinch, he is focused on expanding projects within his niche – student life and dining – to produce a more comprehensive portfolio in the higher education sector.

To further welcome and introduce Bob, ...[more]

The New Edge for Town-and-Gown Relationships

Friday, 1 September 2017

Neighborhood Connections Seen As Recruiting Advantage
By: Joe Herzog, AIA, Principal

The traditional perimeter between an academic institution and its surrounding urban environment is no longer a defined line, but a blurred edge. As colleges shift from being introverted environments to becoming more integrated within their surrounding communities – urban, suburban or rural settings – the synergistic relationship between a college and its community can lead to healthy local economies and engaged communities.

For both to flourish – as opposed to merely survive – they must work together in a symbiotic way.

The development of housing, mixed-use, academic, entrepreneurial and research environments, both on and off campus, helps blur ...[more]

Bringing Students Back on Campus: Who Owns the Brand?

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

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Every university in the United States had both professional and independent apartment owners and managers scattered around their periphery for decades. Increasing enrollment was managed by the marketplace and universities focused on new buildings for academic, research, student life, recreation, and sports complexes. Frankly, it was easier to get a donor or a state legislature to approve an Interdisciplinary Science and Research Center than it was to fund a Residence Hall.

Despite this funding differential, student housing cannot be denied in its ability to effectively and positively impact student experience and success. It is the core of the branded ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch Transforms Residential Life at Wabash College

Monday, 5 December 2016

Renovation and new construction at 184-year-old men’s college increases on-campus housing capacity by 25% Shepley Bulfinch_Wabash College_West Campus_Bitterman

PHOENIX – December 5, 2016 - Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture firm known for design excellence and innovation with offices in Boston, Houston and Phoenix, announced today the completion of 22,500 SF of renovations to Martindale Hall and 49,200 SF of new construction on the Residential Life District at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The six new buildings and 136 new beds have increased housing capacity on campus by 25% and the renovated residence hall has transformed student life ...[more]

New Landmark Library Award Winner Transforming Campus and Student Experience

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

VCU Cabell Library Brutalist Design renovation transparency

The Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell Library project exemplifies the potential to transform an introverted mid-century building into a state-of-the-art facility that enlivens an entire campus.

The existing building lacked critical spaces for individual and group study, collaboration, and social interaction. In response, the addition and renovation nearly double seating capacity and introduce a range of multi-functional, flexible spaces that will allow the ...[more]

Bridging a classic liberal arts institution and its future

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

 

IMG_1744We recently had the honor of participating in the dedication of the new West Campus Housing District at Wabash College. For three years, Shepley Bulfinch worked with College Administration, Faculty, and Students to transform the entire west side of the college campus into dynamic living spaces within six different buildings.

Student Jonathan Montoya, ’18, was quoted on the Wabash College website as saying, “They were really smart to put in these skylight-type windows. I don’t even turn on the lights because they let in so much light, ...[more]

Wabash College kicks off “re-imagination” of flagship residence hall

Thursday, 11 February 2016

A symbolic groundbreaking ceremony at Wabash College on January 30 marked the start of construction for Shepley Bulfinch’s re-design and renovation of Martindale Hall, the most prominent student residence on the Crawfordsville, Indiana, campus.

Speaking at the ceremony, Wabash President Gregory Hess celebrated the elevation of the quality of independent student housing for this small men’s college with the completion of a new six-unit residential life complex that added 136 new beds on the west part of the campus and the revitalization of 55-year old Martindale Hall.

Built in 1961, Martindale is the largest of Wabash’s residence halls. The redesign borrows several concepts from the new residential precinct, providing a variety of ...[more]

Urban mixed-use complex wins Innovator Award

Friday, 29 May 2015

CA Student Living - FuseFuse, the CA Student Living mixed-use project in West Lafayette, Indiana, has won Student Housing Business’ Innovator Award for Best Implementation of Mixed-Use in New Development or Renovation. Shepley Bulfinch designed the ambitious project, which creates a lively small city on a large city block. The award was presented at the Interface Student Housing conference last month.

The development of Fuse unlocks a long-overlooked part of West Lafayette, transforming an under-utilized parcel into a vibrant part of the urban landscape. -The complex has 230 residential units and parking, with ground-floor retail ...[more]