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Leaning our way to the ideal preconstruction process

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Lauren Deck JanneyIf our design process isn’t lean, how do we expect our construction process to be? This was the focus of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) New England Community of Practice event in June where a team of designers, construction managers, and MEP subcontractors shared their approach to an ideal preconstruction process. Shepley Bulfinch worked with Turner Construction, and MEP subcontractors SullyMac and Cannistraro to create a pull plan that allows them to manage information and decisions down to a weekly basis.

Does so not only helps our team stay on schedule, it improves ...[more]

Shepley hosts student design competition event

Friday, 6 May 2011

How many units of affordable housing can you fit into Shepley Bulfinch’s Boston office? The answer is 429, in a manner of speaking – or at least that was the case on the evening of May 4.

That’s when Shepley hosted the 11th annual Greater Boston Affordable Housing Development Competition awards ceremony. Sponsors of the design competition include the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), and the Boston Society of Architects.
Eight teams of graduate students in architecture, planning, business, and law, who ...[more]

How can we leverage BIM for Building Performance Analysis?

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

There are some topics that keep coming up when we talk about leveraging BIM for Building Performance Analysis (BPA). In presentations to peers, clients, and students alike, discussion inevitably comes back to the applicability and timing of BPA, and the interoperability of BIM models and BPA models. What does this mean for design teams?

Last year a colleague at Vanderweil Engineers approached me with a challenge: “How do we leverage our BIM models for Building Performance Analysis?” I took the bait. Armed with the support of our firms and numerous knowledgeable resources, we ...[more]

Confessions of a former BIM neophyte

Monday, 10 May 2010

We’ve all heard that producing in a BIM (Building Information Modeling) environment is drastically different than producing in CAD, but it was the contrast between “novice” and “experienced” BIM that really surprised me. At times I almost laugh out loud, thinking about how I did things when I started and how I do them now. I can remember sitting at my desk, arm hurting (seriously) from squeezing my mouse trying to get Revit to behave. The one thought constantly running through my head: “There has to be an easier way.”

I can picture the ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch to design Boston Children’s Hospital tower

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Conceptual sketch_BCH clinical tower_150 pxShepley Bulfinch, a national leader in pediatric healthcare design, has been selected to design the new clinical care tower for Boston Children’s Hospital. The 11-story, 500,000 square foot building on the Longwood Medical Area campus is the largest in the hospital’s history.

The Clinical Care Tower will address the hospital’s continuing growth in domestic and international patient volume and its delivery of high-level tertiary and quaternary care, adding facility space to improve patient flow and enable operational efficiencies for acute care, critical care, diagnostic, and other ancillary services on the core ...[more]

Tennessee children’s hospital marks construction start

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

ETCH groundbreaking - children with shovelsEast Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on August 19, marking the start of construction for a major expansion on its Knoxville campus. Community leaders, hospital staff, and young pediatric patients and their families gathered to celebrate the occasion on the site of the planned five-story building.

“It will provide a lot better space for families and a lot better opportunity for us to take good care of their kids,” said hospital CEO Keith Goodwin. “We have to give [our medical staff] the kind of environment that allows ...[more]

Austin’s “flexible, evolving library” featured in magazine

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Austin's New Central LibraryHow are public libraries evolving, and how do we design them today to accommodate changing demands and technologies?

Tackling that question was central to the design of the new Central Library for the city of Austin, Texas, which is featured in “Local Government Projects: Six Visionary Strategies” in the August issue of Building Design+Construction magazine.  As Shepley Bulfinch managing principal Sid Bowen notes in the article, “We want to the building to last 100 years, not just structurally, but functionally.”

The library, which was designed by a joint partnership of Shepley Bulfinch and ...[more]

Austin breaks ground on new Central Library

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Groundbreaking - Austin Central Library
The City of Austin, Texas, broke ground today on its new Central Library, establishing a major civic presence and community gathering space in the heart of the city’s redeveloped Seaholm district. The library, which is scheduled for completion in 2016, is designed by the architectural joint venture of Lake|Flato and Shepley Bulfinch.

The building is defined by a light-filled, six-story atrium space wrapped by collections and event space. Distinctive elements include a series of reading porches that overlook Shoal Creek and Lady Bird Lake, a quiet reading room, ...[more]