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Duke University’s Rubenstein Library awarded LEED Gold Certification

Thursday, 29 October 2015

LEED 2015 GOLD medallion 150x150Duke University’s Rubenstein Library, which was dedicated in October following a two-year restoration and renovation, has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council. It is the third Duke library project to be LEED Certified and the University’s seventh LEED Gold Certified building. The project’s most visible sustainable strategy was preserving the library building – one of the oldest academic structures on Duke’s West Campus – and elements of its 1948 and 1968 additions.

Preserving the building while preparing a new home for ...[more]

Optimizing patient safety in bathroom design

Thursday, 27 September 2012

What are the trade-offs when you design a patient bathroom? How do you navigate the balancing act of optimizing patient safety and ADA compliance?

Healthcare principal Jennifer Aliber discusses these in “Safety zone: designing the danger out of patient bathrooms” in the September issue of Health Facilities Management magazine.

The article also features two sidebars: one by Cindy Lee on bathroom design for the visually impaired and one by Ray Gerbi  on infection control.

“Safety Zone,” Health Facilities Management, September 2012

Philadelphia University breaks ground on transdisciplinary building

Monday, 13 June 2011

Philadelphia University broke ground Friday on the new home of the College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce. The $20 million academic building is designed to support the innovative curriculum of the new college, which emphasizes interdisciplinary, project-based learning and collaborative problem-solving.

“The College of Design, Engineering and Commerce is unique and this striking new building that will support and enhance the powerful academic experience,” said Philadelphia University president Stephen Spinelli. “Students gain expertise in their disciplines and a fluency in the transdisciplinary ways of the 21st-century work world on a much larger scale than what we’ve seen in higher ...[more]

ecoFLEX wins 2009 Unbuilt Architecture Award

Friday, 24 July 2009

A Shepley Bulfinch design team has won a prestigious 2009 Unbuilt Architecture Design Award from the Boston Society of Architects.

ecoFLEX, the winning project, was one of ten winning entries chosen from more than 90 submissions in the BSA’s Unbuilt Architecture Design Awards program, which is open to architects from around the world. It was designed for the Tall Emblem Structure competition in Dubai earlier this year.

The Shepley Bulfinch design team of Angela Watson, Luke Voiland, Lauren Deck, and Allan Donnelly, joined by Paul Kassabian of Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, will be honored in November at the BSA Jurors’ Forum during the Build Boston, where the winning boards will be displayed.

The ...[more]

Demystifying pharmacy regulations

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Demystifying pharmacy regulations USP 797 USP 800 Bridgeport Hospital Pharmacy Renovation
Satisfying the recently updated U.S. Pharmacopeial Compounding Compendium Convention regulations – more frequently known as USP 797 – can be a daunting task for healthcare facilities. At the New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society Annual Fall Conference, one of our architects noted that out of the dozens health facility representatives present at the USP 797/800 lecture, only a handful were confident that their pharmacies met upcoming USP 800 standards. After witnessing all of the apprehension, we decided to shed some light on the situation.

What are USP 797 and USP 800?
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Virtual Reality and the spaces we share

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

VR experience - client meetingVirtual reality is a powerful tool for designers. While still in the early stages of development in architecture, with this tool, we can offer our clients a familiar language for understanding design, beyond the interpretation of 2D drawings or even 3D models. Sharing this type of experience eliminates the need to explain what a space is or how it functions. It allows us to be a fly on the wall, and gives us greater insight into how people will intuitively perceive and navigate through spaces.

Using virtual reality has an aspect ...[more]

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]