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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]

Today’s lab building by the numbers

Friday, 14 October 2016

Shepley Bulfinch undertook a 3-month long study where we examined science facilities from over a 100 colleges and universities across the country. We gathered data that details departmental usage, building efficiency and other key metrics that drive the design of science buildings. In particular, we tracked usage related to interdisciplinary research and STEM trends across higher education.

Key insights included:

  • Buildings are 37% larger while undergoing a 15% reduction in square footage per department.
  • There has been a 260% increase in the space allotted to dry labs. This dramatic increase represents new types of research driven by technology that does not require hoods and benches, including computational biology, computer science, and robotics.
  • Increased ...[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]

2016 Citation of Merit: The Shepley Bulfinch Architecture Firm Office

Monday, 15 August 2016

Phoenix Office

We are so proud to announce that our Phoenix office, located in the South Rotunda of the Phoenix Financial Center, was recently awarded a Citation of Merit as a part of the 2016 Docomomo US Modernism in America Awards.

While we are always honored by the awards we win, it is especially rewarding when we are recognized for those we are intimately familiar with; we love spending each day in our Phoenix office, and it is exciting to ...[more]

Urban Innovation: a canopy of light and sound

Monday, 1 August 2016

Chime In 4

Yesterday afternoon, after three long days of toiling away under the I-93 overpass between South Boston and the South End, the Shepley Bulfinch team presented their final design concept, “Chime In,” before an audience of hack-a-thon participants, volunteers, and interested spectators… and the judges selected Chime In for the Most Innovative Design award! Congrats, team!

Over the course of the weekend, Christina Long, Scott Slarksy, Jay Verspyck, Stephen Russell, Laura Tittle, Katharine ...[more]

Mid-Century libraries: obsolescence or opportunity?

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Angela Watson, AIAWhile the library’s importance to higher education has remained constant, its physical shape has changed dramatically over the course of the last century.

19th century academic libraries reflected the pedagogy and culture of the period: formal buildings with grand spaces and quiet, well-appointed reading rooms. By the middle of the 20th century these buildings faced a new challenge. Unable to respond to cultural shifts, rapid enrollment and collections growth, many of them were abandoned to other programs or demolished, making room for the new “library of the future.” These 20th century “state of ...[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]

Beam me up: construction begins for Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The New Children's Hospital of MichiganA beam signing ceremony today signaled the official start of construction on the new Children’s Hospital of Michigan in the heart of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Midtown Detroit campus. Patients, their families, community members, and DMC executives and staff joined the celebration, inscribing messages and well wishes on the 1.65 ton beam, which was placed as the cornerstone of this project.

The new Children’s Hospital of Michigan will house pediatric researchers, clinicians and innovators in heart health, emergency medicine, critical care, neonatology, hematology/oncology, nephrology and other disciplines. ...[more]