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Princeton Review rankings confirm power of great library design

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

PRINCETON, NJ – The result of the Princeton Review’s survey of 120,000 students at 368 top US colleges and universities ranked four campuses with recent or current Shepley-designed libraries on its “Best Library” list. The four are Princeton (#2), Duke (#3), Furman (#13), and Colgate (#18) universities.

Duke Library at Furman University was awarded LEED Gold certification by the US Green Building Council earlier this year, and the latest phase of the renovation of Perkins Library at Duke University is scheduled for completion at the end of the summer

Agnes Scott College in Decatur, where the firm’s projects include the school’s science center, was ranked 19th in “Best Classroom Experience”.

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Just seen here… Brooklyn College Library

Friday, 18 January 2008

Shepley’s Bulfinch’s 2003 library project at Brooklyn College was featured in this week’s issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The library appeared as the second page photo teaser for a Chronicle article on the long-term impacts of admissions preferences in higher education.

Furman library profiled in Real Estate and Construction Review

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

The James B. Duke Library at Furman University was among the projects profiled in Real Estate and Construction Review’s 2007 Carolinas Edition.

The 52,000 s.f. expansion and 70,000 s.f. renovation of the Greenville, SC, university library transformed the crowded facility into the intellectual heart of the Furman campus, and doubled its capacity. The director of the Library noted that the transformation has made the library “the place to be… and the jewel of the buildings on campus.”

Shepley Bulfinch worked with local associate architects Neal Prince + Partners on the project, which is targeting LEED certification.

Colgate University library featured in College Planning & Management

Monday, 21 May 2007

The May issue of College Planning and Management features the opening of Colgate University’s newly renovated Case Library and the Geyer Center for Information Technology.

Located at the base of the hilltop campus, the Library features a 24-hour study space, a cafe, and video conference center. Flexible workrooms are located on the new top level, which is directly accessible from the upper campus. A “Main Street” traverses the main library floor, connecting with campus pathways and creating an inviting campus portal. The renovation features an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) that provides archival-quality storage for 500,000 volumes. This provides accessible, high-density storage, retaining more materials on site while freeing ...[more]

Queen's Library Cited as Part of Belfast Revival

Wednesday, 14 March 2007

The new library at Queen’s University, Belfast, was among the examples of the economic revival of Belfast, Northern Ireland, according to an article which appeared today in Architecture Week.

With design techniques that exceed code requirements, the 190,000 s.f. project is expected to meet the stringent standards of the UK’s Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).

Instead of a mechanical system, its natural ventilation system will reduce energy costs by fifty percent. The library’s sustainable elements also include automatically operated windows, atria, roof venting, and a night cooling strategy that utilizes exposed concrete structural slabs. Ground source heat pumps, with a raised floor system, efficiently deliver low temperature heat. ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch presented with award for Tennessee library

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Shepley Bulfinch was presented with the Palladio Award on March 7 at the annual Traditional Building Conference in Boston. The award was presented for the Paul Barret, Jr, Library at Rhodes College in Memphis, which Shepley Bulfinch designed in association with the Virginia firm of Hanbury Evans Wright and Vlattas.

The project was one of ten recognized in the sixth annual Palladio Awards competition for outstanding work in traditional design. It will be featured in the June 2007 issue of Traditional Building magazine.

Design Principal Ralph Jackson accepted the award on behalf of Shepley Bulfinch from Traditional Building publisher Peter Miller. The design team also included James Hunnewell, AIA, Principal ...[more]

The Library as Place: Changes in Learning Patterns, Collections, Technology and Use

Sunday, 6 February 2005

The Library as Place

Geoffrey Freeman

Shepley Bulfinch Completes New Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University

Monday, 3 October 2016

Virginia Commonwealth University New Landmark Library VCU Cabell Library Library Journal

New building defines the academic library of the future, receives first place award from Library Journal

BOSTON – September 29, 2016 - Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture firm known for design excellence and innovation with offices in Boston, Houston and Phoenix, today announced the completion of the James Branch Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), a public research university in Richmond, Virginia. VCU’s newly expanded and renovated Cabell Library includes 156,000 sf of new construction and improvements to existing library space in the Monroe Park Campus library, providing VCU’s 31,000 ...[more]