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Leaning operations in outpatient facilities

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Health Facilities Mgmt, April 2016Shepley Bulfinch’s Jennifer Aliber and Lauren Janney talk about the application of Lean principles to reduce patient wait times and increase value-added time with for patients and staff at a Massachusetts urgent care center in “Let It Flow,” the cover story in the April issue of Health Facilities Management magazine.

In the article, Lindsay Gainer of North Shore Physicians Group also discusses the “on-stage” and “off-stage” circulation and collaborative team work area in the new center, designed by Shepley Bulfinch. Chris Backous of the Virginia Mason Institute talks about the migration ...[more]

Consider the corridor: lessons from architectural history

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

As architects, we often take the seemingly banal decisions that we make for granted. However, many of the devices that we employ carry social and historical implications that have had a profound effect on the way humans function. Corridors were not an inevitability. Often overlooked in the grand sweep of architectural history, they have had an enormous impact on the way we live, work, and communicate.

Despite their ubiquity today, corridors did not exist until the late 17th century, and were only first widely used in the 19th century. Before their ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch Leads Design of Major Renovation and Addition at Banner

Monday, 12 December 2016

$400 million expansion for region’s only academic medical center and the only Level 1 trauma center in southern Arizona

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PHOENIX – December 12, 2016 - Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture firm known for design excellence and innovation with offices in Boston, Houston and Phoenix, announced today that it has been selected to lead the programming, planning and design of a new $400 million, 700,000 SF clinical tower at the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson in Tucson, Ariz. Owned by Banner Health, Banner – UMC Tucson is the region’s only academic medical center and the ...[more]

Today’s lab building by the numbers

Friday, 14 October 2016

Shepley Bulfinch undertook a 3-month long study where we examined science facilities from over a 100 colleges and universities across the country. We gathered data that details departmental usage, building efficiency and other key metrics that drive the design of science buildings. In particular, we tracked usage related to interdisciplinary research and STEM trends across higher education.

Key insights included:

  • Buildings are 37% larger while undergoing a 15% reduction in square footage per department.
  • There has been a 260% increase in the space allotted to dry labs. This dramatic increase represents new types of research driven by technology that does not require hoods and benches, including computational biology, computer science, and robotics.
  • Increased ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch and The Awty International School Celebrate Early Learning Campus Groundbreaking

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The Awty Intl School Rendering by Shepley Bulfinch

Project marks sixth collaboration for design firm and Houston international day school

HOUSTON – September 20, 2016 - Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture firm known for design excellence and innovation with offices in Boston, Houston and Phoenix, today announced it has been engaged by The Awty International School to provide master planning and design services to transform a former 30-year-old urban office park into a dynamic early learning campus. The Awty International School, a college preparatory PK3 through 12th grade international day school in Houston, celebrated the groundbreaking for the renovation of three buildings ...[more]

Mid-Century libraries: obsolescence or opportunity?

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Angela Watson, AIAWhile the library’s importance to higher education has remained constant, its physical shape has changed dramatically over the course of the last century.

19th century academic libraries reflected the pedagogy and culture of the period: formal buildings with grand spaces and quiet, well-appointed reading rooms. By the middle of the 20th century these buildings faced a new challenge. Unable to respond to cultural shifts, rapid enrollment and collections growth, many of them were abandoned to other programs or demolished, making room for the new “library of the future.” These 20th century “state of ...[more]

National honors for Dartmouth-Hitchcock design

Thursday, 20 March 2014

ACHA project Legacy AwardThe American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has named Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center one of two recipients of ACHA’s inaugural Legacy Project Awards. The awards were presented in Orlando on March 18 at the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) Planning, Design, and Construction Summit.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock represents a paradigm shift in hospital design, incorporating and foretelling some of the most significant healthcare delivery and design issues of the past 25 years. This includes

- A patient- and family-centered campus
- A focus on managing first cost and ongoing operational costs with a series of connected, yet discrete buildings
...[more]

Collaborative interdisciplinary features for successful undergraduate science programs

28 October 2008

Tradeline College and University Science Facilities Conference - San Diego, CA

Elise Woodward, Shepley Bulfinch
Kevin Triplett, Shepley Bulfinch
Marc Donohue, Johns Hopkins University