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Designing public spaces for law schools

13 March 2012

Bricks & Bytes - ABA Law School Facilities Conference, San Diego, CA

Tom Kearns, Shepley Bulfinch
Melanie Dunshee, Duke University School of Law
James Heller, William & Mary - Marshall-Wythe School of Law

National sustainability award for Belfast university library

Friday, 15 October 2010

The McClay Library at Queen’s University Belfast, in Northern Ireland, has received the 2010 Sustainability Award from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), it was announced today.

The Library, which won the 2010 RICS Northern Ireland award earlier this year, was chosen over category winners from the other RICS geographic regions across the UK for this prestigious national award.

As one of the judges noted in the announcement, “The new Library is proving an invaluable resource for students at Queen’s University, Belfast. The building achieves excellence on two fronts: in terms of providing essential educational support and through ...[more]

Marquette University: defining legal education

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

As seen in this short video produced by Marquette University, the Law School’s new home at Eckstein Hall provides a cornerstone for its advancement of Jesuit legal education.

Queen’s new library “a lightship for scholarship”

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

One of Northern Ireland’s newest landmark buildings – the McClay Library at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland – was officially opened today by one of the University’s most famous alumni, Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney.

Speaking at the event, Dr Heaney lauded the new library, saying, calling it “a lightship for scholarship…” He went on to comment on how the library represents the role of technology in transforming how students learn.

Illuminated by a multi-story open atrium, the 196,000 square foot building accommodates 2,000 reader places and 1.2 million volumes. ...[more]

Campbell law school opening generates buzz

Friday, 11 September 2009

RALEIGH, NC – Campbell University opened the doors to the new home of the Wiggins School of Law today, giving Raleigh its first law school. The school had previously been located on the university campus in nearby Buies Creek.

Law School dean Melissa Essary and Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker welcomed students to the new school, which its13 classrooms, 175-seat auditorium and 25,000 square foot library. In addition, the Raleigh division of the North Carolina Business Court will be co-located with the school, giving students the opportunity for hands-on legal experience.

This is the latest law school designed by Shepley Bulfinch. Other current and recent law school clients include Duke University, Marquette University, ...[more]

Space utilization creates a buzz at university planning conference

Thursday, 24 July 2008

MONTREAL, CANADA – A presentation by senior planner Annie Newman, “Space Utilization – Not Just for Classrooms Anymore”, was a hot topic at the 43rd annual conference of the Society for University Planning (SCUP).

The SRO crowd at the session was testimony to the increased interest in space utilization as a cost-effective and sustainable strategy as colleges and universities respond to growing space needs on college campuses.

The presentation, which Annie gave together with MIT campus planner Robert Boes, was among the subjects highlighted by Scott Carlson’s coverage of the conference in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education.

“Collaboratory” dedicated at Colgate University

Friday, 5 October 2007

Hamilton, NY – The new Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology was dedicated at Colgate University today, creating a new intellectual and social hub for the campus.

The project was designed to rejuvenate the facility and reclaim the library’s prominent place as the University’s major academic building. Located at the base of the hilltop campus, the 160,000 s.f., $57.5 million facility is built on the footprint of the former Case Library. The previous library, which was built in 1951, was isolated from the academic core of the campus and had become cramped and outdated.

During the ceremony, Colgate President Rebecca Chopp applauded the new “collaboratory,” while Provost Lyle Roelofs thanked ...[more]

Furman library profiled in Real Estate and Construction Review

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

The James B. Duke Library at Furman University was among the projects profiled in Real Estate and Construction Review’s 2007 Carolinas Edition.

The 52,000 s.f. expansion and 70,000 s.f. renovation of the Greenville, SC, university library transformed the crowded facility into the intellectual heart of the Furman campus, and doubled its capacity. The director of the Library noted that the transformation has made the library “the place to be… and the jewel of the buildings on campus.”

Shepley Bulfinch worked with local associate architects Neal Prince + Partners on the project, which is targeting LEED certification.