Wednesday, 7 December 2016
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]
Saturday, 29 November 2008
by Janette S. Blackburn, AIA, LEED AP
Challenges and Issues in Designing an Information Commons
In “Breaking Down the Barriers to Working and Learning”, Janette Blackburn discusses design approaches that reflect evolving library service models. The paper was included as a chapter in the book, “A Field Guide to the Information Commons,” published by Scarecrow Press in February 2009.
Monday, 15 September 2008
NOTRE DAME, IN – Shepley Bulfinch has been awarded a major renovation project for the Theodore Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame.
The 150,000 s.f. renovation of the two main floors at Hesburgh Library includes the creation of an information commons The first phase of the project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2009.
The firm’s recent work for other Catholic institutions of higher education includes projects for Georgetown University and Boston College, as well as projects now beginning construction at Xavier and Marquette Universities.
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
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]
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Park Avenue Medical Center offers private infusion suites overlooking healing garden with waterfall
BOSTON – October 11, 2016 - Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture firm known for design excellence and innovation with offices in Boston, Houston and Phoenix, announced the completion of the 100,000 SF Park Avenue Medical Center located in Trumbull, Conn.
Part of Yale New Haven Health, Park Avenue Medical Center provides a new level of access to quality outpatient care, with a range ...[more]
Monday, 29 August 2016
Digital technologies, changing scholarship habits, spatial constraints, and economic challenges are prompting many institutions to dramatically change how their physical collections (e.g., books, maps, art, biological samples, pottery fragments) are stored, accessed, displayed, and consumed. With the digital revolution, what physical things still are important pedagogically for an academic institution? That is what I explored with Janette Blackburn, principal at Shepley Bulfinch; Paul Guenther, Senior Campus Planner for McGill University, and Anna Gold, Dean of Library Services at Cal Poly, at our SCUP-51 conference presentation in Vancouver.
Leaders of higher education face decisions about ...[more]
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Virtual 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]