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Bates residential complex dedicated

Friday, 17 August 2007

Brunswick, ME – Bates College dedicated its new 150-student residence complex in a ceremony today. President Elaine Tuttle Hansen and Pam Wichroski, Bates’ project manager for the facility’s construction, spoke at the event. The complex, comprising two residence wings and a central community gathering space, is linked by glass-walled bridges. The sophisticated structure will support student academics and foster social interaction, all with the smallest possible environmental footprint. Within the central building, a vibrant, light-filled laundry room serves as a popular area for study and conversation. One student termed the space “my favorite place in the building,” particularly the natural light and wireless access.

Hansen noted that the project “gives ...[more]

University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center opens, offers advanced cardiac care

Thursday, 7 June 2007

ANN ARBOR, MI – The University of Michigan held opening ceremonies for its new 420,000 s.f., $215 million Cardiovascular Center (CVC), a centerpiece of the University of Michigan (U-M) Health System campus. The CVC receives its first patients on June 11.

The CVC provides one-stop access to most of the University’s adult heart and vascular care, and allow U-M specialists from different disciplines to work together as never before.

The Center was designed with two guiding principles: creating an inclusive learning and healing environment for everyone from doctors and patients to visitors; and creating connections through medicine, art, gardens and the natural world.

One of its most striking features is a cylindrical, ...[more]

Emma Willard School completes first phase of renovation

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Troy, NY – Phase 1 of the two-part renovation of community life spaces at the historic Emma Willard School has been completed and enthusiastically welcomed on this independent school campus in upstate New York. This phase of the renovation of first and ground floor spaces in Sage/Hyphen/Kellas encompasses a renovation and dining room addition.

The dining room was designed to create a “welcoming hearth” for students, with a feel akin to that of a kitchen in a very large stately home. The design integrates health and wellness into other elements of intellectual life of the campus. Good nutrition is provided a cultural context, in a setting that is both uplifting and ...[more]

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]

Howe Library gets special mention from Library Journal

Thursday, 1 February 2007

The Howe Library in Hanover, New Hampshire, was one of three singled out for special mention in the February 1 issue of the Library Journal feature on “Best Small Libraries in America”. The winning entry was the Grand County Public Library in Moab, Utah.

The 18,700 s.f. Howe Library, which was originally designed by Shepley Bulfinch in 1974, was substantially renovated and expanded by the firm to accommodate the growing Hanover community and its changing needs. The design includes space for library and community activities, and features an expanded children’s room, a young adult room, and a reading loft.

Emma Willard School: “Catalyst for Culture Change”

Friday, 14 July 2006

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In the words of one of its officers, Emma Willard epitomizes “Hollywood’s idea of a traditional European campus.” The spectacular Tudor and Gothic campus has been the setting for studio movies, the venue for a fictional contemporary private secondary school and for Oxford at the turn of the last century. In reality, recent use of the campus presents a very different picture. Despite a curricular emphasis on fitness and engagement with nature, students rarely ventured out in bad weather. Based upon a culture of “coat-phobia,” they avoided the cold New York winter by navigating the campus in flip flops through a ...[more]

Cornell’s Africana Studies and Research Center receives award

Thursday, 6 July 2006

BOSTON, MA — The Africana Studies and Research Center designed by Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott at Cornell University has received the 2006 Gold in Brick Architecture Award. The multicolored brick cladding of the building’s exterior is arranged in three elaborate patterns that allude to African textiles. The earth-tone shades of brick encapsulate the African palette, while the modular shape is perfectly suited to patterning. The cultural and natural beauty of Africa is suggested by the use of deep, saturated colors and bold patterning adapted from sources such as the Jenne Mosque of Mali, Kente cloth and Adinkra symbols for unity, human relations and knowledge. Clay brick ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch wins AIA Green Design Competition

Friday, 2 June 2006

BOSTON, MA — Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott has been selected as one of three winning entries out of 80 project submissions in the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) national House for an Ecologist Competition. The award-winning design of the Water Wall House was created by Andre Kamili, Cindy Lee and Jesse Taylor, young designers at Shepley Bulfinch. The winning projects are selected as best-practice examples of a high-performance, sustainable design approach.

The Water Wall House, designed by Andre Kamili, Cindy Lee and Jesse Taylor, was one of three winning designs among 80 submissions in ...[more]