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Work-life flexibility – banishing a ‘culture of busy’

18 October 2014

Equity By Design, San Francisco, CA

Carole Wedge, FAIA, LEED AP, Shepley Bulfinch
Francis Pitts, FAIA, Architecture+
Jenny Guan, AIA, LEED AP, Flad Architects, moderator

Making a MakerSpace

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

MakerSpaceThe term gets tossed around like confetti at a parade, but what are MakerSpaces and what makes them tick?

Libraries have long been the intellectual hub of their campus or community. For the past decade, we’ve witnessed the transformation of libraries from fortresses of knowledge to information gateways.

MakerSpaces merge education and community, demand fluency with evolving technologies, foster a more active learning process and directly reflect the changing norms of the educational environment.

What your community of users needs is unique to your institution. How do you make the vision of a MakerSpace a reality?

Start by establishing a set of guiding principles.

These ...[more]

American Libraries celebrates Berry Library design

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Salem State - Berry Library stairThe signature red stair of the new Frederick Berry Library and Learning Commons at Salem State is prominently featured in American Libraries’ 2014 Library Design Showcase, which appears in the magazine’s September/October issue.

The floating form of the cantilevered stair reinforces the emphasis of the design on space and openness. A pleated glass wall overlooks the new academic quad, which conceals a 48-well geothermal field below.

The library has been buzzing with activity since it opened its doors at the start of the 2013-14 academic year. It ...[more]

Rural Studio’s enduring lessons

Monday, 11 August 2014

It’s not all about you.

That was the first lesson I learned in architecture school. Kicking off my architectural education at Auburn with the Rural Studio showed me the power of selfless design and taught me other invaluable life and professional lessons. For more than 20 years, the Rural Studio program has given architecture students like me a hands-on education, designing and building homes and community structures for underserved communities in rural Alabama.

Looking back, I can define my experience in five simple lessons:

It’s about your client. A lot of people go through school, believing that they are working on ‘their’ projects. Presentations and critiques can get very personal, with a lot ...[more]

Environmental honors for DEC Center

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

LEED GoldThe DEC Center at Philadelphia University has received LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council and a shout-out in two design publications.

“Philadelphia University is a leader in both sustainability education and practices on our campus,” said university president Stephen Spinelli Jr. “These are critically important issues in the 21st century.”

Some of the sustainable strategies that earned the DEC Center its LEED Gold Certification include its stormwater management system, heat-reducing green roof, water-efficient faucets and toilets, solar pre-heat of hot water, energy-efficient lighting, partial geothermal power from the University’s first ...[more]

Design competition finalist makes a place for community

Thursday, 21 March 2013

flintWhat can you come up with to transform a parking lot into a community gathering place, in the face of financial and logistical constraints? That was the challenge facing design teams in the Flat Lot competition in Flint, Michigan. “Knot Lot,” a Shepley Bulfinch team submission, was chosen as one of five finalists from among 221 entries in the competition, which was sponsored by the Flint (Michigan) Public Art Project and the Flint chapter of the AIA.  Knot Lot and other top entries will be part of an exhibition opening in Flint on April 14.

Organizers asked designers ...[more]

A conversation on firm culture with Carole Wedge

19 March 2013

AIA San Francisco

Carole Wedge, FAIA, LEED AP

Children’s Hospital of Michigan project now LEED certified

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Childrens Hosp of Mich Specialty Ctr - DetroitLEED certification for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center-Detroit sends a powerful message: helping children grow up healthy starts with a healthy environment. The Center, which was completed in 2012, is the first LEED-certified project on the hospital’s urban campus.

“We are very pleased to offer our patients and families and staff this facility built just for them,” says Herman Gray, MD, president, DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “Knowing that the building is also LEED certified supports our mission to continually work to improve the ...[more]