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Transformation: The planning and success of Johns Hopkins’ visitor center

15 March 2010

SCUP Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Baltimore, MD

Thomas Kearns, AIA, Principal, Shepley Bulfinch
William Conley, Dean of Enrollment and Academic Services, Johns Hopkins University
Travers Nelson, Program Manager, Johns Hopkins University

A new front door for Johns Hopkins

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Baltimore, MD – Amid fireworks and gala celebration, The Johns Hopkins University dedicated the Decker Quadrangle on the school’s Homewood campus today.

The $77 million project, under construction since 2005, includes Mason Hall, with a visitors’ center and admissions office, the 75,000 s.f. interdisciplinary Computational Science and Engineering Building and the 604-space South Garage, an underground structure covered by the grassy lawn of the Quad. The design of the complex reestablishes Homewood’s distinctive architectural style.

The Decker Quadrangle honors the late Alonzo Decker Jr., longtime chairman and CEO of Black & Decker Corp. and former Hopkins trustee, and his wife Virginia. Mason Hall is named in honor of Raymond A. “Chip” ...[more]

Environmental conference to tour Johns Hopkins green roof

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

The green roof of the Decker Quadrangle at Johns Hopkins University will be on show April 29 on a walking tour offered as part of the sixth annual Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities conference in Baltimore. The tour, “Midtown Baltimore by Foot”, will take conference participants on a two-mile walk through Johns Hopkins’ Homewood campus and the adjoining Remington neighborhood.

One of the largest green roofs in the state of Maryland, the 75,000 sf grassy quadrangle is a defining element of Johns Hopkins’ Homewood campus while screening a 604-space parking garage beneath. The Quadrangle and adjacent Computational Science Building and Mason Hall were completed last fall and dedicated in October.

The three-day ...[more]

Xavier’s new digs: dorm terrace is dining hall’s green roof

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Bishop Fenwick Place, Xavier University’s new residential and dining complex, was dedicated last month in a ceremony that celebrated the transformational residence and dining complex on the Cincinnati campus.

Fenwick Place is home to 535 sophomores with suite-style living in four connected wings that rise above a green terrace. The terrace also serves as the roof of Hoff Dining Commons, the university’s new central dining facility. The new Commons seats up to 700, while a retail dining component has seating that spills onto the patio outside. The 245,000 square-foot ...[more]

Collaboration and ‘best value’ project delivery

11 October 2011

MAPPA 2011 Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH

Steve Erwin, AIA, Shepley Bulfinch
Bob Sheeran, Xavier University
Steve Eder, Messer Construction

Xavier board approves residence hall construction

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Xavier University’s Board of Trustees approved the construction of a new residence hall and dining facility at its quarterly meeting on December 11.

The residence hall will house 530 students in suite-style living. The 800-seat campus-wide dining facility replaces the Hoff Marketplace dining hall where students now take all their meals. The 240,000 s.f. complex is scheduled for completion by the fall of 2011. Providing housing for an additional 500 students has been a priority for Xavier as a response to increased enrollment.

Locating the complex near the Student Center and existing residence halls will bring renewed energy and vibrancy to the core of campus while unifying the rest of campus, including ...[more]

Transformative Xavier project draws press attention

Friday, 3 April 2009

CINCINNATI, OH –Two prominent academic buildings now under construction will create a dramatic new gateway for the Jesuit university campus, according to today’s Cincinnati Business Courier.

The Williams College of Business and a Learning Commons are part of the first phase of construction of the Hoff Academic Quad, a project that Bob Sheeran, the university’s vice president for facilities management, told the Business Courier is “really a transformational project for the campus.”

The two 85,000 s.f buildings are being designed to LEED Silver standards with sustainable features including materials sourcing and selection, thermal and lighting controls, and a high-performance building envelope.

The first phase of the 12-acre project, which broke ground last fall, ...[more]

Ground broken for Xavier’s most ambitious project yet

Friday, 26 September 2008

CINCINNATI, OH – Xavier University broke ground on the Hoff Academic Quadrangle project in a ceremony held today. Called “the most sweeping project in Xavier’s 177-year history”, The Quad, which will feature the Learning Commons and new Williams College of Business, will be the centerpiece of a transformation that will help Xavier meet the learning needs of its students in the 21st century.

The four-story, 88,000 sf Williams College of Business will house undergraduate and graduate business education programs and provide a prominent home for the Cintas Institute for Business Ethics, as well as the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Investment Research. In addition to classrooms and offices, the ...[more]