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Improving Knowledge Sharing through Measurement

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Jim Martin

Knowledge sharing systems, intranets, and social platforms have long been used by firms to improve communication between their employees. In spite of this, creating a viable, encouraging system remains an elusive goal for many companies. Jim Martin, our Chief Information Officer, presented about Shepley Bulfinch’s experience with knowledge architecture, and how we ended up with our current #AskFinch knowledge sharing framework at the KA Connect Conference in 2016.

The journey began in 2015, roughly a year after we launched our intranet, Finch. At the time, technical knowledge passed between employees in conversation or remained ...[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]

Shepley Bulfinch Completes New Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University

Monday, 3 October 2016

Virginia Commonwealth University New Landmark Library VCU Cabell Library Library Journal

New building defines the academic library of the future, receives first place award from Library Journal

BOSTON – September 29, 2016 - Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture firm known for design excellence and innovation with offices in Boston, Houston and Phoenix, today announced the completion of the James Branch Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), a public research university in Richmond, Virginia. VCU’s newly expanded and renovated Cabell Library includes 156,000 sf of new construction and improvements to existing library space in the Monroe Park Campus library, providing VCU’s 31,000 ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch’s Cope Bailey Joins Board of Directors at The Lighthouse of Houston

Monday, 26 September 2016

Long-term supporter of organization serving the blind and visually impaired brings expertise, commitment to role

Shepley Bulfinch's Cope Bailey Joins Board of Directors at The Lighthouse of Houston

HOUSTON – September 26, 2016 – Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture firm known for design excellence and innovation with offices in Boston, Houston and Phoenix, announced today that Principal Cope Bailey has been invited to join the board of directors of The Lighthouse of Houston, a private, nonprofit education and service center dedicated to assisting blind and visually impaired people ...[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]

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]

Virtual Reality and the spaces we share

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

VR experience - client meetingVirtual reality is a powerful tool for designers. While still in the early stages of development in architecture, with this tool, we can offer our clients a familiar language for understanding design, beyond the interpretation of 2D drawings or even 3D models. Sharing this type of experience eliminates the need to explain what a space is or how it functions. It allows us to be a fly on the wall, and gives us greater insight into how people will intuitively perceive and navigate through spaces.

Using virtual reality has an aspect ...[more]

Library design: Six elements of a successful process

Monday, 21 March 2016

One of an occasional series

Janette BlackburnPlanning the transformation of an academic library is likely to involve an expanded mix of users. This may include new partners and will call for a dynamic, inclusive process.

Some helpful strategies include

Map the journey
Think of your process as a travel guide for your journey and the destination is the completion of your library project. Plan for unexpected stops and side trips along the way, but keep the final destination in sight.

Make it open and collaborative
Use the process to harness different perspectives, create a campus-wide buzz, and build ...[more]