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Design strategies to support a geriatric center of excellence

20 April 2015

Environments for Aging conference, Baltimore, MD

Mario Vieira, AIA, Shepley Bulfinch
Lisa Walke, MD, AGSF, Yale School of Medicine
James Wisniewski, AIA, Michael Graves & Associates

Duke Link featured in learning spaces assessment guide

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

2014 LSC Guide 21C LearningThe Link Teaching and Learning Center at Duke University is featured in “Planning for assessing 21st century spaces for 21st century learners,” which has been published by the Learning Spaces Collaboratory.

The guide offers strategies for academic institutions and designers as they seek to imagine, develop, and evaluate the success of contemporary learning environments. The guide illustrates how research findings are informing campus-based programmatic and pedagogical change, and the process of transforming physical spaces to respond to them.

The creation of the Link was fueled by questions about the future ...[more]

Creation and assessment of collaborative innovation workspace

20 March 2015

VentureWell, Washington DC

Steve Erwin, Shepley Bulfinch
Joe Rondinelli, Shepley Bulfinch

Yale-New Haven Hospital opens bariatric unit

Friday, 5 February 2016


Yale-New Haven Hospital has opened the newest specialized inpatient unit for bariatric surgery patients in southern New England, allowing the hospital’s Bariatric Center to deliver tailored care for patients undergoing life-changing surgery. The dedicated 15-bed unit designed by Shepley Bulfinch is located on the hospital’s Saint Raphael’s Campus and opened with a ribbon-cutting on January 5.

The bariatric unit is an added and important resource to Yale-New Haven’s team of bariatric surgeons. The new private inpatient rooms meet the vision of creating a patient-centered healing environment with specific focus on patient safety. Reinforced handrails in patient rooms, together with threshold-free showers and recessed dispensers for toilet paper and paper ...[more]

North Shore Community College begins expansion

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The addition of a major wing to North Shore Community College’s McGee Building took a step forward this week as preparations for the start of construction got underway at the college’s Lynn, Massachusetts, campus.

The 37,000 square foot addition will provide ten new classrooms and a home for a consolidated Student Success Center and a Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment, as well as other academic and administrative facilities. It is anticipated that the $21 million project will take two years to complete.

“We’ve taken advantage of the campus’ wonderful outdoor space to design an addition that turns its attention outward and welcomes the community in,” said Shepley Bulfinch architect Bill Fitzpatrick, ...[more]

Building green: International Green Construction Code

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Last week’s publication of the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) marks a major milestone in sustainable design, construction, and operations, as we shift from an incentive-based approach toward a regulatory one.

While current building codes were developed to protect life and safety of present building occupants, the IgCC expands its purview to protect the environment on behalf of the wider community, both present and future.  This new overlay code builds on current systems of voluntary design guidelines and goals, moving toward mandatory adherence to principles of sustainable ...[more]

So what DO we know about planning learning spaces?

Thursday, 18 November 2010

2010 PKAL Learning Space Collaboratory National Colloquium. Whew! That’s quite a mouthful. I was fortunate enough to attend, and it was a great weekend of very robust discussion (and some fun!).

Under the guidance of Jeannie Narum, Principal of the Collaboratory, nearly a hundred educators, higher ed administrators, architects, planners, landscape architects, librarians, scientists, and others came together to share their knowledge and questions about “What We Know About Planning Learning Spaces and What We Still Need to Know”.

A combination of presentations, interactive sessions, small group work, the Colloquium modeled the type of ...[more]

National sustainability award for Belfast university library

Friday, 15 October 2010

The McClay Library at Queen’s University Belfast, in Northern Ireland, has received the 2010 Sustainability Award from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), it was announced today.

The Library, which won the 2010 RICS Northern Ireland award earlier this year, was chosen over category winners from the other RICS geographic regions across the UK for this prestigious national award.

As one of the judges noted in the announcement, “The new Library is proving an invaluable resource for students at Queen’s University, Belfast. The building achieves excellence on two fronts: in terms of providing essential educational support and through ...[more]