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Collaborative interdisciplinary features for successful undergraduate science programs

28 October 2008

Tradeline College and University Science Facilities Conference - San Diego, CA

Elise Woodward, Shepley Bulfinch
Kevin Triplett, Shepley Bulfinch
Marc Donohue, Johns Hopkins University

University of Houston’s (land)mark of distinction

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Health & Biomedical Sciences BldgThe University of Houston’s Health and Biomedical Sciences Building took home top honors in the Medical category at the Houston Business Journal Landmark Awards last week. The winners of the awards, which celebrate Houston’s most influential real estate projects, were announced in a sold-out event at the Houstonian Hotel on April 24.

Located on the southeast edge of the University’s campus, the six-story building is known for its distinctive facade. The changing angle of the sun creates dynamic patterns of light and shadow as it plays across ...[more]

Practice what you teach: LEED Gold for Austin College

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

IDEA Center observatoryAustin College’s new IDEA Center has received LEED Gold certification, and the fact that it is the first LEED Certified building on the college’s Sherman, Texas, campus is no coincidence.

The IDEA (Inquiry, Discovery, Entrepreneurship, Access) Center embodies the College’s long-standing leadership in science education and its commitment to a new campus standard for environmentally responsive buildings. The Center, which opened its doors at the start of the current academic year, is home to the Departments of Math, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, and Physics. The multidisciplinary facility marks a ...[more]

New biomedical sciences center dedicated in Houston

Monday, 11 February 2013

Healt & Biomedical Sciences BldgThe University of Houston celebrated its broadening impact in health care research and care with the dedication of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building on February 5.

Speaking at the ceremony, University of Houston president and chancellor Renu Khator noted the center’s role in advancing research and education for the University of Houston, a Carnegie Foundation Tier One Research Institution.

The facility, which houses teaching, research, and clinical facilities, includes the home of the Texas Institute for Measurement Evaluation and Statistics and the Molly and Doug Barnes Vision Institute, which ...[more]

Detroit’s new pediatric specialty care center opens

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Detroit celebrated its new home for pediatric specialty care today with blowing bubbles, a youth chorus, and a marching band at the Grand Opening of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center on the campus of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC).

The $43 million specialty center represents the first completed structure following Vanguard Health Systems’ acquisition of DMC and marks the first major expansion for the campus in nearly 30 years.

The ceremony included remarks from DMC CEO Michael Duggan; Vanguard Chairman and CEO Charles Martin; and DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan ...[more]

IDEA Center breaks ground at Austin College

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Austin College president Marjorie Hass welcomed trustees, distinguished alumni, and other guests at a June 3 groundbreaking ceremony for the IDEA Center, the Sherman, Texas, college’s new science and technology complex.

Twelve years in the planning, the 103,000 s.f. Center will emphasize breaking down boundaries between disciplines, housing the departments of physics, chemistry, biology, environmental studies, math, and computer science in one facility. A centerpiece of the new academic building is a domed observatory, with a 24″ telescope that will be among the best among the country’s liberal arts institutions.

The IDEA ...[more]

Groundbreaking at Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Monday, 1 November 2010

Detroit Medical Center broke ground today for the new Specialty Center for Children’s Hospital of Michigan in a ceremony attended by federal, state, and regional legislators and community leaders. They joined Vanguard Health System’s Vice President Keith Pitts, Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan, and Children’s Hospital of Michigan President Herman Gray, MD, for the event.

“Children’s Hospital of Michigan outpatient volumes have grown significantly in the past several years,” said Dr Gray. “The new specialty center will help us improve access for children we ...[more]

Science design: Use a starting point to measure success

Thursday, 28 October 2010

It may sound counterintuitive, but the most important thing about designing science and research facilities doesn’t actually involve design. The only way to plan for a future facility is to give a long hard look at the way you work today.

It’s a little like looking at your eating habits and stepping on the scale when you want to get in shape. It’s not easy. Start by:

- Establishing a vision and a set of quantifiable goals that will support it
- Understanding where you are today, evaluating existing facilities and current processes and ...[more]