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Bringing Students Back on Campus: Who Owns the Brand?

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

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Every university in the United States had both professional and independent apartment owners and managers scattered around their periphery for decades. Increasing enrollment was managed by the marketplace and universities focused on new buildings for academic, research, student life, recreation, and sports complexes. Frankly, it was easier to get a donor or a state legislature to approve an Interdisciplinary Science and Research Center than it was to fund a Residence Hall.

Despite this funding differential, student housing cannot be denied in its ability to effectively and positively impact student experience and success. It is the core of the branded ...[more]

Big Room, Big Fun

Thursday, 3 November 2016

R_150313_N13_mediumIt is the morning of our interview for the Banner University Medical Center Tucson Expansion & Renovation (BUMCT) — a $400 million, almost 1.8 million square foot project in its ultimate buildout. The interview is going well; we have practiced and rehearsed several times. We are confident in our answers and expertise. Our graphics are spot on and we have hit all of the important topics in the allotted time. With minutes remaining Mark Barkenbush, Banner Health’s Senior Project Executive of Development & Construction, throws a curve ball and asks, “How does your team ...[more]

The Big Room: it’s kind of a big deal

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

BUMCT Construction Outside Big Room CoLocation Banner University Medical Center Tucson

The practice of having design and construction team members work together to develop a building holds the promise of significant savings in time, dollars, and effort while enhancing the quality of the documents produced, the construction process, and the finished product. Although simple in concept, it requires thoughtful consideration and coordination beyond that of traditional project delivery.

A co-location, or Big Room as our team prefers to call it, is a physical vessel that helps break down traditional design and construction silos with ...[more]

New Landmark Library Award Winner Transforming Campus and Student Experience

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

VCU Cabell Library Brutalist Design renovation transparency

The Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell Library project exemplifies the potential to transform an introverted mid-century building into a state-of-the-art facility that enlivens an entire campus.

The existing building lacked critical spaces for individual and group study, collaboration, and social interaction. In response, the addition and renovation nearly double seating capacity and introduce a range of multi-functional, flexible spaces that will allow the ...[more]

Planning for Collections: Balancing Digital Trends, Physical Realities, and Pedagogy

Monday, 29 August 2016

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Digital technologies, changing scholarship habits, spatial constraints, and economic challenges are prompting many institutions to dramatically change how their physical collections (e.g., books, maps, art, biological samples, pottery fragments) are stored, accessed, displayed, and consumed. With the digital revolution, what physical things still are important pedagogically for an academic institution? That is what I explored with Janette Blackburn, principal at Shepley Bulfinch; Paul Guenther, Senior Campus Planner for McGill University, and Anna Gold, Dean of Library Services at Cal Poly, at our SCUP-51 conference presentation in Vancouver.

Leaders of higher education face decisions about ...[more]

VCU Cabell Library and urban transformation

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Cabell Library - cathedral viewEarlier this month, members of Shepley Bulfinch’s project team were in Richmond for the dedication of the new Cabell Library expansion at Virginia Commonwealth University.

As an intervention in a complex urban context, Cabell Library truly accomplishes the design goals we had intended for it: the way the building massing comfortably nestles into its context, how it responds to change of scale in the urban fabric, the way that building edges and interior space truly engage and activate public campus space, with human activity and interior destinations made legible ...[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]

Transforming medical education and healthcare delivery for Africa

Monday, 5 October 2015

View of campus - detailIn the tranquil, majestic landscape of rural northern Rwanda, an ambitious vision is beginning to take shape that promises to transform medical education, research, and treatment in resource-poor settings.

Design is now underway for the first phase of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) campus in Butaro, giving form to the vision that Paul Farmer and Partners In Health have advanced for three decades. Building on that experience and leveraging the unique expertise of Rwanda’s health sector, UGHE will train the next generation of global health leaders from ...[more]