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Groundbreaking for Salem State Library

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

It’s official! Salem State University (Salem, MA) broke ground for its new library and learning commons on December 7. University president Patricia Maguire Meservey and Jacob Segal, chair of the university’s board of trustees, were joined by local political leaders and top state education officials in a ceremony on the university’s north campus.

The 124,000 square foot facility replaces the previous campus library, which was closed in late 2007 for concerns about its structural safety. The four-story library will include instructional labs, group study rooms, and a testing center, and ...[more]

Woodruff Library dedicated following renovation

Thursday, 26 August 2010

In a celebration today attended by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other dignitaries, the Atlanta University Center (AUC) rededicated the renovated Robert W. Woodruff Library, unveiling its interactive and technology-rich 21st century learning environment.

Shepley Bulfinch’s completion of the first phase of this major renovation included more than 130,000 square feet of the Woodruff Library’s 220,000 square foot facility. The renovation replaced many solid interior walls with glass panels, drawing natural light deep into the space.

The inviting and dynamic main floor, with its media creation and presentation space ...[more]

Strategic themes for 21st century academic libraries

17 June 2010

Oxford University, Oxford, England

Carole Wedge FAIA, LEED AP
Janette Blackburn AIA, LEED AP

American Libraries highlights AUC’s Woodruff Library

Monday, 5 April 2010

The renovated Robert W. Woodruff Library at Atlanta University Center was among the projects celebrated in American Libraries magazine’s 2010 Architecture Showcase, published online this month.

A 24-hour area (shown at right), with group learning spaces and an e-café, is separated from the rest of the Library by a series of automated glazed panels that secure the collections when the Library is closed without the use of a security grill. The inviting and dynamic main floor, with its media creation and presentation space and robust digital resources, is visible through the panels, which are ...[more]

Strategic themes in academic and research libraries

29 March 2010

Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) conference, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Carole Wedge, FAIA, LEED AP

Thoughts on “the evolving library”

Friday, 26 March 2010

Janette Blackburn and Joe Rondinelli discuss the changing roles and forms of libraries in the March 2010 issue of Building Design & Construction. In the article, they discuss how, as readers needs change and libraries accommodate more diverse uses, space, flexibility, and acoustical control play increasingly important roles.

The Evolving Library – Building Design & Construction

UCR Science Library Named for Former Chancellor

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

ucr_sci_libThe University of California’s Library for the Sciences was renamed to honor former UCR Chancellor Raymond Orbach in a ceremony yesterday. As chancellor from 1992 to 2002, Orbach oversaw a major expansion of campus facilities, including the completion of the science library, and a significant increase in the campus’ student population.

Following the ceremony, Orbach attended a symposium called “Science-based Solutions for the 21st Century: The Legacy of Raymond L. Orbach” in the auditorium of UCR’s new genomics building.

The 106,000 s.f. Raymond L. Orbach Science Library, which was designed by Shepley Bulfinch and opened ...[more]

Notre Dame selects Shepley for library expansion

Monday, 15 September 2008

NOTRE DAME, IN – Shepley Bulfinch has been awarded a major renovation project for the Theodore Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame.

The 150,000 s.f. renovation of the two main floors at Hesburgh Library includes the creation of an information commons The first phase of the project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2009.

The firm’s recent work for other Catholic institutions of higher education includes projects for Georgetown University and Boston College, as well as projects now beginning construction at Xavier and Marquette Universities.