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The Big Room: it’s kind of a big deal

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

BUMCT Construction Outside Big Room CoLocation Banner University Medical Center Tucson

The practice of having design and construction team members work together to develop a building holds the promise of significant savings in time, dollars, and effort while enhancing the quality of the documents produced, the construction process, and the finished product. Although simple in concept, it requires thoughtful consideration and coordination beyond that of traditional project delivery.

A co-location, or Big Room as our team prefers to call it, is a physical vessel that helps break down traditional design and construction silos with ...[more]

LEVEL residential complex takes shape in Tucson

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Construction is now underway for LEVEL, the student apartment complex close to the University of Arizona in Tucson and the first high rise in the city’s new Main Gate overlay district.

Shepley Bulfinch is completing the 14-story building at 1020 Tyndall Avenue for Campus Acquisitions, one of the country’s leading developers of student housing.  When it opens next year, LEVEL will provide 176 units of luxury student accommodation with amenities that include a rooftop pool and fitness center with views of Tucson, the University of Arizona campus, and the mountains.

“Shepley Bulfinch has a ...[more]

Revealing and re-expressing mid-century modern in Phoenix

14 May 2015

Paths to Preservation: AZ Historic Preservation Conf, Flagstaff, AZ

Alison Rainey, AIA, Shepley Bulfinch
Ryan Grabe, Shepley Bulfinch

Healthcare design: Getting started in the Big Room

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Banner Big Room in actionDesigning and building large complex projects is becoming more – well, complex. Architects and project teams are constantly looking for ways to control project costs without sacrificing quality or the user experience. Enter the Big Room.

An increasing popular tool for project teams, the Big Room model co-locates designers, contractors, and owners in one space for the duration of a project’s planning, design, and construction process. The idea is that working together in one location promotes transparency, collaboration, and equality and, in the end, delivers a better project for less cost ...[more]

Interior Design honors for Phoenix Financial Center

Monday, 7 December 2015

2015 BOY award winner seal 150pxShepley Bulfinch’s renovation of the South Rotunda of the Phoenix Financial Center took home top honors in the 2015 Interior Design magazine Best of Year (BOY) Awards in the Designer’s Own Office category. Winners were announced at Interior Design’s Best of Year Gala in New York last week.

The Phoenix Financial Center was designed by Peruvian-born architect W.A. Sarmiento and completed in 1964, and today is one of the city’s most prominent mid-century buildings.

As well as creating a new home for the firm’s Phoenix office, this restoration and adaptive reuse project celebrates an important ...[more]

UnCommon phenomenon: LEED Gold for CA Student Housing project in Eugene

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

LEED GoldUnCommon, the student housing complex in Eugene, Oregon, developed by CA Student Living and designed by Shepley Bulfinch, has received LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council. This is CA’s first LEED Certified project and the latest in Shepley Bulfinch’s portfolio of highly sustainable buildings.

“We’re responding to changes in the urban housing market for college students and graduates,” said JJ Smith, COO of CA Student Living. “They’re looking for a smaller environmental footprint and well-designed spaces close to the life of the campus and the city.”

Using sustainable strategies was ...[more]

Calling the Phoenix Financial Center home

Monday, 22 September 2014

Shepley Bulfinch’s Arizona office is settling in to a new home in the South Rotunda of the iconic Phoenix Financial Center as the building prepares to mark its 50th anniversary.

On September 20, Shepley Bulfinch’s move was the subject of a major piece in the Arizona Republic, “Phoenix architects renovate, move in to Phoenix landmark.”

Paired with the Center’s signature ‘punchcard’ tower, the distinctive inverted concrete arches and domed roof of the south Rotunda make the Center one of Midtown’s most prominent landmarks. Inside, a stained glass starburst graces the top of the ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch honored for planning in urban context

Friday, 20 December 2013

The development of new zoning in a sensitive central district adjoining the University of Arizona in Tucson was one of nine Pima County projects honored by the Metropolitan Pima Alliance at its annual Common Ground awards earlier this month. The Main Gate Overlay District received top honors in in the Public Policy category.

The new district establishes a zoning overlay that preserves historic structures within its boundaries while allow new growth and development with the density necessary for the project to succeed. The rezoning, developed as part of the planning and design for the Next and Level student housing developments, was critical to allowing the completion of the two residential towers, ...[more]