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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]

American Libraries celebrates Berry Library design

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Salem State - Berry Library stairThe signature red stair of the new Frederick Berry Library and Learning Commons at Salem State is prominently featured in American Libraries’ 2014 Library Design Showcase, which appears in the magazine’s September/October issue.

The floating form of the cantilevered stair reinforces the emphasis of the design on space and openness. A pleated glass wall overlooks the new academic quad, which conceals a 48-well geothermal field below.

The library has been buzzing with activity since it opened its doors at the start of the 2013-14 academic year. It ...[more]

IIDA design award for Woodruff Library

Monday, 30 April 2012

Shepley Bulfinch has won the “Single Space” category in the 2012 Library Interior Design Competition for the Learning Commons for Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library. The biennial design award is jointly sponsored by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the American Library Association (ALA).

“This award is a real honor for a transformational work,” said interior designer Joe Rondinelli, a director at Shepley Bulfinch. “The limitations in an interior renovation project can stimulate creativity. For Woodruff, we embraced the red accent color of the ...[more]

Library design honors for University College Cork

Friday, 17 December 2010

The Boole Postgraduate Research Library at University College Cork in Ireland has received a “High Commendation” from the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) in the Society’s 2010 Library Design Awards, announced earlier this month.

The citation reads, in part, “This… extraordinary environment work[s] well for its audience. The building is linked to its environment and to the rest of the campus through the clever use of materials. The atrium has a wonderful sense of light, making an impressive entrance to the building. There is a strong ...[more]

New library for Ringling College of Art + Design

Monday, 16 July 2012

Shepley Bulfinch will be designing a new library for Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota, Florida, as a “locus for learning” for the design school’s creative community.

The new library is a milestone project for Ringling, which has expanded significantly in recent years, and will be the first building executed as part of the College’s campus master plan. The 50,000 square foot library, which will be located on a new site on campus, will quadruple the space of the present 12,000 square foot Kimbrough Library, which opened in 1980.

The design team is ...[more]

Design begins for Austin’s new Central Library

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

The design team of Shepley Bulfinch of Boston and Lake|Flato Architects of San Antonio has begun schematic design for Austin’s New Central Library.

A destination and a city landmark in the making, the New Central Library will welcome residents to a facility that emphasizes the delivery of information in both electronic and book formats, and includes a mix of lively and contemplative spaces. Collections will be displayed to encourage discovery, supported by state-of-the-art technologies integrated throughout the facility.

“What will the library need to be 30 years from now? In 2009, we could not have envisioned the astonishing development of e-books, tablets, and smartphones in 2010,” said Sid Bowen, managing principal of ...[more]

New Landmark Library Award Winner Transforming Campus and Student Experience

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

VCU Cabell Library Brutalist Design renovation transparency

The Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell Library project exemplifies the potential to transform an introverted mid-century building into a state-of-the-art facility that enlivens an entire campus.

The existing building lacked critical spaces for individual and group study, collaboration, and social interaction. In response, the addition and renovation nearly double seating capacity and introduce a range of multi-functional, flexible spaces that will allow the ...[more]

The smart design behind Salem State’s floating stair

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Smart design stands on its own – sometimes literally.

That’s the case at Salem State University’s Berry Library: the design thinking behind the library’s open stair gets top billing in “16 smart solutions for architects, engineers, and contractors,” a feature in the December issue of Building Design & Construction.

The feature outlines the design challenge and the solution developed by Shepley Bulfinch and engineering firm SGH, working together to create the stair’s elegant floating form.

“16 great solutions…” Building Design & Construction, December 2013