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The Pebble Project ten years on: what next for healthcare design?

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

What does it mean to have worked on one of the first Pebble Project hospitals – before there was a Pebble Project?  It’s a funny dynamic of simultaneously looking forward and back. How can we use innovative design to enhance the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare delivery today, in an era of lean operations and healthcare reform? How can research conducted on those innovative projects more than a decade ago inform design today?

When Shepley worked with Bronson Methodist Hospital on its replacement hospital in the mid-1990s, there really wasn’t ...[more]

The future of lighting design

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

I’ve attended many trade shows over the years and the Lighting Expo in Frankfurt in April was one of the most extraordinary examples of product design innovation I’ve seen.

If there was a theme this year it was that the future of lamping is LED. That said, it soon became obvious that all LEDs are not equal and that new lamping technologies, while progressive, are not yet the answer for all lighting. Issues like overall performance, color rendering, glare, dimming, and life expectancy still need to be carefully evaluated in the selection ...[more]

On mid-century modernism

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

When looking at the design aspirations institutions executed in mid-century modernism, one is looking at the forefront of progressive campus design in that era. Concerned at once with the pragmatism of program, form following function, and the honesty of the new building technology of steel and glass, one is looking at a language of forms with universality that could be applied in any place or typological context. What is most striking about many built and unbuilt projects of the mid-century is the theoretical abstrac- tion of the plane on which ...[more]

Design notes: the 2010 Fellowship Poster

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Building on the award-winning tradition set by our 2009 poster, which received an AIGA Best of New England Design award, the poster for this year’s Summer Design Fellowship was designed by world-renowned graphic design firm Experimental Jetset out of Amsterdam. The poster, which is mailed out to accredited architecture schools across North America, is often posted in common areas within the architecture or design department. I’d like to share some insights about the design process, strategy, and design thinking behind the poster itself.

- Dan Vlahos

An ...[more]

Why Integrated Design?

Monday, 2 November 2009

Gifford_150x150_72dpiI was surprised when someone recently asked in passing if there was really anything behind the term “integrated design.” or if it was just the latest buzzword in architecture. I couldn’t imagine anything more off base, but it did get me thinking.

If you were tasked with solving an enormously complex problem utilizing a team of highly trained professionals, each representing different, but related, disciplines, wouldn’t you want to create a situation in which all the various expertise on the team could be leveraged to its maximum potential?

If a successful solution to the problem ...[more]

Jennifer Aliber writes about where patient room and corridor meet

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Jennifer Aliber AIA, ACHA, LEED AP

Shepley healthcare principal Jennifer Aliber writes on the drivers of room planning in “The First Fifteen Feet: evaluating priorities where the corridor meets the patient room”, which appears in the June issue of Healthcare Design magazine.

Jennifer discusses strategies behind planning and prioritizing the potential components that can occupy the fifteen feet of space on the shared wall between patient room and corridor. This includes nurse servers, documentation stations, and building support.

Jennifer writes and presents widely on healthcare planning, including her “Real Numbers” series on healthcare space planning. She was a contributing author to “ICU ...[more]

University of New Mexico dedicates Engineering Center

Sunday, 14 September 2008

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Collaboration and research were key words at the dedication of the University of New Mexico’s Centennial Engineering Center today where Figaro, a student-built robot, cut the ceremonial ribbon.

“The Centennial Engineering Center will enable us to serve students in engineering and CS by giving them the hands-on experiences that are critical for the 21st century,” said Dean Joseph Cecchi in remarks to 400 invited guests. “The Center will increase the School’s capacity for innovation, multidisciplinary research, developing patents, creating new businesses, and economic growth.”

The New Mexico Business Weekly called the Center ...[more]

Saint-Gobain breaks ground on R&D facility west of Boston

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

NORTHBORO, MA – Saint-Gobain today broke ground on a new facility to expand the French company’s Research and Development Center in central Massachusetts. Company representatives and state and local officials were among those participating in the ceremony.

Shepley Bulfinch designed the 61,000 s.f. building to promote collaboration among research teams and to encourage innovation and creativity. It is being built using Saint-Gobain building products, including window glass, ceilings, wallboard, insulation, roofing and foundation products.The building is targeting LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council.

The Northboro site is the largest of Saint-Gobain’s worldwide research centers. Paris-based Saint-Gobain is the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of building materials, ...[more]