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Landscape and the campus ideal

Monday, 12 January 2015

Scott SlarskyThe American campus is unique as a Utopian construct that creates a setting for scholarship that keeps nature close. At the turn of the last century, the vision of Frederick Law Olmsted in turn influenced the campuses of John Russell Pope, Jens Larson, and others.

Many of the campuses that were designed in this spirit have seen this rhythm of landscape and built form disrupted and diminished over the decades as institutions bowed to the pressure to accommodate new programs. This was exacerbated by a generation of academic buildings that focused inward, turning their ...[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]

Icon Plaza honored at LA Commercial Real Estate Awards

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The Icon Plaza at USC took home Silver in the LA Business Journal’s 2013 Commercial Real Estate Awards, which were announced on February 25. The 162,000 square foot student residence and retail development, which won in the mixed-use category, brings much-needed housing for USC students at the heart of the USC campus.

“In addition to creating a distinctive and prominent landmark, it was important that the design of the Icon Plaza reinforce a sense of connection to the USC campus,” said Jonah Busick, who oversaw construction and supplemental design.

Shepley Bulfinch led a series of major design modifications, including the reorientation of the central courtyard to align with USC’s principal pedestrian axis ...[more]

Student housing project underway at Purdue

Monday, 21 January 2013

Student housing - West Lafayette, INConstruction is now underway for new student housing being developed by Campus Acquisitions near Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The project received final approval from the city of West Lafayette earlier this month.

The development will transform an under-utilized urban parcel with small commercial structures and an open parking field into a vibrant part of the city landscape. The mixed-use student housing complex establishes a compelling civic presence to this high-profile urban block, with 229 residential units with 489 beds and ground-floor retail that serves the surrounding neighborhood.

The five-story ...[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]

Bucknell heralds new campus master plan

Thursday, 15 January 2009

LEWISBURG, PA – The Winter 2009 edition of Bucknell Magazine (below) heralds the vision set forth in the university’s new campus master plan, now in conceptual programming. Bucknell has worked closely with Shepley Bulfinch on the plan, which envisions a new academic quadrangle for the campus. The findings will be presented to Bucknell’s Board of Trustees in April 2009.

The new quad will create an intellectual and social crossroads for the campus. Dennis Hawley, Bucknell’s Associate Vice President for Facilities, noted that the proposed project “will support a flexible teaching and learning environment. A new campus drive and significant underground parking will reinforce this district as a new face of ...[more]

Developing a campus plan that works

23 October 2007

Fall 2007 conference, Northern NE chapter, Assn of Higher Ed Facilities Officers - Colby College, Waterville, ME

Tom Kearns
Annie Newman

Kanbar Campus Center wins design excellence award

Monday, 16 April 2007

The Kanbar Campus Center at Philadelphia University was one of four student centers to receive the 2007 Facility Design Award of Excellence at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) annual conference in Atlanta last month.

Entries were judged not only on the basis of the facilities’ appearance, but also on the process used to arrive at the design and how the new or renovated facility has impacted the campus.

The 75,000 s.f., $17 million Kanbar Campus Center opened in September 2006. Designed as a “campus street,” the building connects the university’s academic precinct with its recreation and athletic facilities. Its design, with a wall of windows, captures the natural setting and ...[more]