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Library of the Future: Design study promotes flexible, future learning environments for mid-century modern building

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

By: Kelly Brubaker

As we continue to celebrate our military servicemen and women – veteran and active-duty – this week, we wanted to highlight a project of historic significance for our country. The Library of the Future study for McDermott Library initiates a forward-looking, adaptable learning and research environment at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Its recommendations rejuvenate Walter Netsch’s 59-year-old campus design vision, and position the library as the intellectual heart of The Academy.

Through a series of workshops and interviews with the Library Steering Committee and staff, Academy faculty and cadets, we developed proposals for a phased renovation and expansion of the library with partner ...[more]

Third Annual Design Share centers on people

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Design_Share_PosterAs part of Shepley Bulfinch’s mission to drive design beyond perceived boundaries, we strive daily to engage, critique, challenge and support one another across practices and offices. This summer, we continued to push further by hosting our Third Annual Design Share. In addition to devoting time to connect internally on some of our recent projects, we invited experts from multiple disciplines outside the AEC industry to discuss their processes and practices. While presenters’ professions varied, as expected, common threads around design – more so, good design – clearly emerged.

Connecting through created experiences

“The running shoe is a beautiful thing because it’s ...[more]

New access to care in Connecticut

Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Shepley Bulfinch healthcare team and Yale New Haven Health System’s recently celebrated the opening of Park Avenue Medical Center in Trumbull, Connecticut. The 100,000 s.f. facility provides access to quality outpatient care in southwestern Connecticut with a range of hospital and health system services that include ambulatory surgery, cancer treatment, radiology, urgent and primary care, and breast care.

“It was really exciting to see a massive swath of parking lots transform into a unified campus. I think the most successful part of the design actually has nothing to do with the exceptional healthcare design and care provided, those are a given,” said project manager Mike Gailey. “The ‘secret healing garden’ ...[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]

2016 Summer Design Fellowship call for entries

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

SB Summer Design FellowshipCould you be Shepley Bulfinch’s next Summer Design Fellow (or do you know someone who might be)? We’re accepting applications for the 2016 Fellowship until Friday, April 1, 2016, at 5:00 pm EST.

Our Fellowship gives a promising architecture student the opportunity to spend ten weeks this summer immersed in real design problems and collaborative solutions in our Boston design studio. We’re looking for applicants from a wide range of students and institutions. Past Fellows have come from architecture schools throughout the country and a number have gone on to join our ...[more]

Evaluating different models of ambulatory care

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Aliber_150x150_72dpiHow do different ambulatory care models deliver care? What are the implications in terms of size, location, and staffing? How are new technologies allowing higher-acuity cases to be treated off site?

Jennifer Aliber, AIA, FACHA, writes about changing approaches to ambulatory patient care in “Ambulatory environments: eight ways hospitals are reaching out to their communities,” which appears in the January 2016 issue of Health Facilities Management magazine. This piece takes forward issues Jennifer addressed in presentations at the 2015 ASHE PDC conference and Healthcare Design ’15.

“Ambulatory environments,” Health Facilities Management, January 2016

Interior Design honors for Phoenix Financial Center

Monday, 7 December 2015

2015 BOY award winner seal 150pxShepley Bulfinch’s renovation of the South Rotunda of the Phoenix Financial Center took home top honors in the 2015 Interior Design magazine Best of Year (BOY) Awards in the Designer’s Own Office category. Winners were announced at Interior Design’s Best of Year Gala in New York last week.

The Phoenix Financial Center was designed by Peruvian-born architect W.A. Sarmiento and completed in 1964, and today is one of the city’s most prominent mid-century buildings.

As well as creating a new home for the firm’s Phoenix office, this restoration and adaptive reuse project celebrates an important ...[more]

Yin Liu named 2015 Summer Design Fellow

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Yin Liu - SDF submissionShepley Bulfinch welcomes Rhode Island School of Design architecture student Yin Liu, who is spending ten weeks this summer in Boston as the firm’s 2015 Summer Design Fellow. So far, she’s been working with teams on a range of design challenges, including the current renovation of the Boston office.

As a designer, Yin is drawn to the temporal qualities of space, as uses and forms shift over time. This is an area she hopes to explore in her thesis project next year, as she explores the development of tools and technologies that track how buildings are developed ...[more]