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Couplets, integrated care, and new space demands: How is NICU room design changing?

Monday, 29 February 2016

Scott Mueller, AIAWhat trends can pediatric hospitals, staff, and patient families expect to see in NICU design? Family-forward design and strategies for addressing market and functional pressures.

Several of the sessions at the Gravens Conference on neonatal intensive care earlier this month focused on strategies for enhancing the NICU experience for parents and other family members. As a parent of a former NICU baby and now a healthcare architect for a firm with an extensive pediatric hospital portfolio, I found this heartening.

Among the new parent-supportive room types are

- Couplet Care Rooms, which combine the functions ...[more]

Space utilization creates a buzz at university planning conference

Thursday, 24 July 2008

MONTREAL, CANADA – A presentation by senior planner Annie Newman, “Space Utilization – Not Just for Classrooms Anymore”, was a hot topic at the 43rd annual conference of the Society for University Planning (SCUP).

The SRO crowd at the session was testimony to the increased interest in space utilization as a cost-effective and sustainable strategy as colleges and universities respond to growing space needs on college campuses.

The presentation, which Annie gave together with MIT campus planner Robert Boes, was among the subjects highlighted by Scott Carlson’s coverage of the conference in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education.

Environmental conference to tour Johns Hopkins green roof

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

The green roof of the Decker Quadrangle at Johns Hopkins University will be on show April 29 on a walking tour offered as part of the sixth annual Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities conference in Baltimore. The tour, “Midtown Baltimore by Foot”, will take conference participants on a two-mile walk through Johns Hopkins’ Homewood campus and the adjoining Remington neighborhood.

One of the largest green roofs in the state of Maryland, the 75,000 sf grassy quadrangle is a defining element of Johns Hopkins’ Homewood campus while screening a 604-space parking garage beneath. The Quadrangle and adjacent Computational Science Building and Mason Hall were completed last fall and dedicated in October.

The three-day ...[more]

Noted engineering building to be on Lab Design Conference tour

Monday, 10 September 2007

St Louis, MO – The Uncas A. Whitaker Hall for Biomedical Engineering at Washington Universitywill host attendees at the 2007 Lab Design Conference for guided tours of the 104,000 s.f.facility. later this month.

The three-story facility, which was completed in 2002, features a flexible lab wing; nanofabrication lab; vivarium and electron microscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance suites.

The building is designed in a contemporary Gothic style, reflecting the surrounding stone buildings, and is constructed of red Missouri granite and limestone, with slate roofs.

Networking or Building a Network?

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Massachusetts Conference for Women Stage Speakers

Last week I was lucky enough to be one of the 11,000 women to attend the Massachusetts Conference for Women. Since it’s inception in 2005, the conference has provided access to connections, motivation, networking, inspiration, and skill-building for women of all backgrounds. I was presented with the opportunity to attend the conference on behalf of Shepley Bulfinch. As a member of the largest woman-owned architecture firm in New England, I am fortunate to work for a firm that recognizes and prioritizes providing ...[more]

A theory for open building

Monday, 5 December 2011

Why do buildings last? How do we design flexible spaces that can change and adapt? 

A team from Shepley took on this question as part of the Open Building conference at Build Boston last month. The conference tasked three firms – Shepley, Payette, and Cannon – to propose a building that would evolve over time to house multiple uses on a large scale site in Somerville. We took the long historical view and, after a week of exhaustive debate, found that architectural systems which are designed to change rarely work or ...[more]

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]

The Big Room: it’s kind of a big deal

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

BUMCT Construction Outside Big Room CoLocation Banner University Medical Center Tucson

The practice of having design and construction team members work together to develop a building holds the promise of significant savings in time, dollars, and effort while enhancing the quality of the documents produced, the construction process, and the finished product. Although simple in concept, it requires thoughtful consideration and coordination beyond that of traditional project delivery.

A co-location, or Big Room as our team prefers to call it, is a physical vessel that helps break down traditional design and construction silos with ...[more]