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Leap Day: Leap forward for University of Houston

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Univ of Houston Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2In a February 29 ceremony attended by members of the university community, legislative leaders, and donors, the University of Houston marked the start of construction for Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2 (HBSB 2), designed by Shepley Bulfinch and built by Tellepsen Builders.

The building will be home to the UH College of Pharmacy, including the planned UH Center for Drug Discovery and Development; and the University of Houston’s Integrated Care Center, which will provide primary medical and behavioral health services for the underserved in ...[more]

University of Houston’s (land)mark of distinction

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Health & Biomedical Sciences BldgThe University of Houston’s Health and Biomedical Sciences Building took home top honors in the Medical category at the Houston Business Journal Landmark Awards last week. The winners of the awards, which celebrate Houston’s most influential real estate projects, were announced in a sold-out event at the Houstonian Hotel on April 24.

Located on the southeast edge of the University’s campus, the six-story building is known for its distinctive facade. The changing angle of the sun creates dynamic patterns of light and shadow as it plays across ...[more]

Material witness: designing high-performance buildings

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Beauty may be more than skin deep, but when you’re talking about energy-efficient buildings, it starts with the building envelope.  Strategies for detailing and specifying for high-performance building enclosures are discussed in “Energy performance starts at the building envelope,” in the December 2011 issue of Building Design + Construction (BD+C).

The article features three members of Shepley Bulfinch’s in-house Technical Advisory Council – Greta Eckhardt, Mark Finneral, and Dan Salive – among the design and construction professionals who offer their insights and strategies regarding thermal performance and materials.

Energy performance ...[more]

National honors for Dartmouth-Hitchcock design

Thursday, 20 March 2014

ACHA project Legacy AwardThe American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has named Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center one of two recipients of ACHA’s inaugural Legacy Project Awards. The awards were presented in Orlando on March 18 at the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) Planning, Design, and Construction Summit.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock represents a paradigm shift in hospital design, incorporating and foretelling some of the most significant healthcare delivery and design issues of the past 25 years. This includes

- A patient- and family-centered campus
- A focus on managing first cost and ongoing operational costs with a series of connected, yet discrete buildings
...[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]

Milestone for Anderson Student Center

Thursday, 18 November 2010

A symbolic ‘topping off’ ceremony on November 4  marked the installation of the last piece of structural steel for the Anderson Student Center at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The 240,000 square foot project, which is scheduled to open in early 2012, will replace many of the services currently housed in the university’s Murray-Herrick Campus Center.

Shepley Bulfinch and Opus AE Group designed Anderson Student Center, which was completed in association with Opus Design Build. Shepley and Opus have worked together on the St. Thomas ...[more]

Anderson Student Center begins construction

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Construction begins today for the Anderson Student Center at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“The student center will serve as a wonderful gathering place that will tie together our north and south campuses,” said Father Dennis Dease, president. Jane Canney, vice president for student affairs, called the center “our living room – the real heart of the campus.”

The 225,000 square foot student center will house meeting rooms, a 9,600-square foot multipurpose room, recreation space, campus dining facilities, an art gallery, a bowling center, dance area, student ...[more]