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Post-occupancy evaluation of Shepley office published

Monday, 20 April 2009

shepley_office_inside_shepleyShepley Bulfinch turned its design research lens on itself with the publication of a post-occupancy evaluation of the firm’s office in Boston in the Journal of Interior Design.

The evaluation, which was conducted a year after the firm occupied its new space in January 2006, indicated that the design significantly increased staff satisfaction and met the project’s primary design intentions. Interviews were conducted with the project’s design team and staff members.

The article, which was co-authored by Mardelle Shepley, Mary Boggess, and You Jin Lee of Texas A&M, and Kelly Zimmerman of Shepley Bulfinch, appeared ...[more]

Metrics and the design of collaborative environments

Friday, 2 November 2012

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (“Scientific Discovery, Inspired by a Walk to the Restroom”) made the argument that locating key support facilities has a role in fostering collaborative research environments.

As a design researcher, whenever I read a piece like this that cites research without providing citations or references, I become concerned about the quality of the evidence.

I decided to do a little digging. Although I was unable to find a research study documenting a 50-foot rule (“collaboration drops to 10% when workers are more than 50 feet ...[more]

Design firm research on in-house projects

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

What are the benefits – and challenges – facing architecture firms seeking to advance knowledge-based design by conducting facility evaluations on their own projects? Angela Watson and Mardelle Shepley discuss the process for practitioner-focused facility evaluation (PFE) in the Design & Health Scientific Review section of the January 2011 issue of World Health Design.

In the article, Angela and Mardelle present a study conducted using different methods of practitioner-focused facility evaluation, drawing information from Shepley Bulfinch projects at Concord Hospital; Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care (including the ...[more]

Healing by design in critical care

Monday, 14 December 2009

Principals Jennifer Aliber and Angela Watson discuss the creation of therapeutic environments in their contribution to the new book, Design for Critical Care: An Evidence-Based Approach by Kirk Hamilton and Mardelle Shepley. Jennifer and Angela discuss the impact of evidence-based design on patient safety and the quality of care in acute-care facilities.

The book was published by Architectural Press, an imprint of Elsevier, in September.

Book listing on Elsevier website

Shepley’s Ames Building debuts as Ames Hotel

Friday, 20 November 2009

BOSTON, MA – Boston’s landmark Ames Building, completed in 1893 by Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge, opened as The Ames Hotel at a gala event hosted by The Morgans Hotel Group last night.

The transformation of the office building to a 114-room boutique hotel followed an extensive renovation. The 13-story building, located between the Old State House and Boston City Hall, is considered Boston’s first skyscraper. It remains the second tallest building of masonry load-bearing construction in the world..

The Ames Building was also home to Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge beginning in 1893 to 1981, the first in an ongoing Shepley tradition of occupying buildings of its own design. As Shepley Bulfinch Richardson ...[more]

Impact of Daylight and Windows on ICU Patients and Staff

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Angela Watson, in an article co-authored with Mardelle Shepley, Raymond Gerbi, and Stephen Imgrund, disucusses the research and methodology behind the decision to introduce daylight into the ICUs at Concord Hospital in New Hampshire. The article appears in the April 2009 issue of World Health Design.

Full text of article

Healthcare facility evaluation by design practitioners

8 July 2011

Design and Health: 7th World Congress & Exhibition, Boston, MA

Angela Watson, AIA, Principal, Shepley Bulfinch
Mardelle Shepley, FAIA, Director, Center for Health Systems & Design

Shepley Bulfinch Promotes Two to Director

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Katie and Jim’s talents and their specialized skills have contributed to the success of Shepley Bulfinch.

Jim Chambers

Since joining Shepley Bulfinch in 2007, Jim has worked as a project manager responsible for large scale project and team management,.