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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]

Hesburgh Library renovation emphasizes connectivity

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Notre Dame announced the start of the interior renovation of the University’s iconic Hesburgh Library later this month, at the end of a year in which the Library celebrated its 50th anniversary.

“The 50th anniversary gave us the opportunity to both celebrate a remarkable past and build upon this foundation to create a leading research library for the 21st century,” said Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC. “Now is the time to make a transformational leap forward through a bold renovation that will keep Hesburgh Library the centerpiece of Notre Dame’s intellectual pursuits and an enduring symbol of our academic excellence.”

This phase will focus on making the library more ...[more]

Environmental honors for DEC Center

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

LEED GoldThe DEC Center at Philadelphia University has received LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council and a shout-out in two design publications.

“Philadelphia University is a leader in both sustainability education and practices on our campus,” said university president Stephen Spinelli Jr. “These are critically important issues in the 21st century.”

Some of the sustainable strategies that earned the DEC Center its LEED Gold Certification include its stormwater management system, heat-reducing green roof, water-efficient faucets and toilets, solar pre-heat of hot water, energy-efficient lighting, partial geothermal power from the University’s first ...[more]

Transdisciplinary space for Philadelphia University

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Shepley Bulfinch is designing a home for Philadelphia University’s new College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce, which has just been announced.

The new academic building will house an ambitious program, defined by the university as a “revolutionary, transdisciplinary curriculum that retains the core learning of each discipline while forging new collaborations between the fields of design, engineering, and business.”

The new 40,000 s.f. building will be located near two other Shepley Bulfinch projects on the Philadelphia University campus: Gutman Library (1993) and Kanbar Campus Center (2006). The firm’s other recent cross-disciplinary learning environments in higher education ...[more]

Courthouse design book features Worcester Trial Court

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Shepley Bulfinch’s Worcester Trial Court (2007) is one of 95 courthouse projects nationwide selected for inclusion in Retrospective of Courthouse Design 2001-2010, published by the National Center for State Courts. The book was officially launched at Designing For Justice. the international conference on justice design, hosted in Boston by the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice.

Worcester Trial Court is the first fully consolidated courthouse in the state, and was one of the first to employ court modernization technology and sustainable features.

The Worcester Trial Court is one ...[more]

New outpatient surgery center for Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Officials of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center cut the ribbon on a new Shepley Bulfinch-designed Outpatient Surgery Center (OSC) on June 17.

The ribbon cutting was part of a public open house for the OSC, which officially opened to patients on June 22. The open house included tours of the facility and demonstrations of operating room technologies.

“The OSC is designed to enhance the efficiency of current operations by performing many outpatient surgical procedures at a single, specialized facility, and reserving DHMC’s current surgical suites for more complex surgical procedures and emergency trauma cases,” said OSC Medical ...[more]

Simple things: sketchbooks through a child’s eyes

Monday, 25 January 2016

Shepley Bulfinch blue journalWhat can seem simple or mundane to us, can be magical through the eyes of a child. How often do we, as designers, grab our sketchbooks every day? We all use them in different ways: some of our sketchbooks are filled with meticulous drawings. Others, like mine, have pages filled with meeting notes and project to-do lists, with the occasional reminder to pick up a black shirt to complete a Halloween costume.

I carry my sketchbook with me everywhere, fill the pages, and grab another. What I write is not precious, it’s ...[more]

Promotions announced; Janette Blackburn named Principal

Friday, 1 February 2008

BOSTON, MA – In promotions announced today, Janette S. Blackburn AIA LEED AP, was named a new Principal at Shepley Bulfinch. Joining the firm in 1989, her work includes projects for the Avery Art and Architecture Library and the Teachers College Library at Columbia University, Princeton University’s Firestone Library, and Fondren Library at Rice University. Janette is a member of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP).

It was also announced that Melissa Bennett, Katherine Faulkner, and Ann Newman have been named Associate Principals. Melissa, who joined the firm in 2007, is a senior member of the firm’s library practice. Katie, who has been ...[more]