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Design competition finalist makes a place for community

Thursday, 21 March 2013

flintWhat can you come up with to transform a parking lot into a community gathering place, in the face of financial and logistical constraints? That was the challenge facing design teams in the Flat Lot competition in Flint, Michigan. “Knot Lot,” a Shepley Bulfinch team submission, was chosen as one of five finalists from among 221 entries in the competition, which was sponsored by the Flint (Michigan) Public Art Project and the Flint chapter of the AIA.  Knot Lot and other top entries will be part of an exhibition opening in Flint on April 14.

Organizers asked designers ...[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]

Show Low Public Library on track for summer 2010 opening

Friday, 19 February 2010

Construction continues on the new public library in Show Low, Arizona, with an anticipated opening this summer.

Designed by Merzproject of Phoenix, now a studio of Shepley Bulfinch, the library uses masonry and laminated timber construction that reflects the wood barn tradition of the region’s White Mountains. The design reflects an environmentally conscious approach to the project. A 150-foot long clerestory window brings daylight deep into the main hall, while other sustainable features include the use low-VOC and recycled-content finishes, high-efficiency plumbing and mechanical equipment, and regional materials, such as Arizona stone.

The new ...[more]

New lighting design illuminates historic Sargent murals

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Boston Public Library’s new new torchieres for the iconic John Singer Sargent Gallery are celebrated in a feature in the January/February 2010 issue of Architectural Lighting magazine. As Joe Bille, the project’s interior designer, notes in the article, “Conceptually, Shepley’s design goal was to create a fixture that was not so much ‘in’ the space as ‘of’ the space … We used the Sargent murals themselves as a guide and source of inspiration.” The firm worked with Lam Partners of Cambridge on the lighting installation.

The gallery lighting is the ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch and Lake/Flato win Austin Public Library project

Thursday, 11 December 2008

AUSTIN, TX – Austin, TX (December 11, 2008) – In their meeting today, the Austin City Council selected the team of Shepley Bulfinch and Lake|Flato to design the city’s new $90 million Central Library.

With 250,000 sf of space, the new library wil more than double the space of the city’s 110,000 sf John Henry Faulk Central Library, which was built in 1979.

As part of the design process, Austin Public Library in conjunction with the Library Commission and the Austin Public Library Foundation will actively seek citizen input through a series of public design charrettes. The library is scheduled to open in mid-2014.

Third Annual Design Share centers on people

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Design_Share_PosterAs part of Shepley Bulfinch’s mission to drive design beyond perceived boundaries, we strive daily to engage, critique, challenge and support one another across practices and offices. This summer, we continued to push further by hosting our Third Annual Design Share. In addition to devoting time to connect internally on some of our recent projects, we invited experts from multiple disciplines outside the AEC industry to discuss their processes and practices. While presenters’ professions varied, as expected, common threads around design – more so, good design – clearly emerged.

Connecting through created experiences

“The running shoe is a beautiful thing because it’s ...[more]

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]

2016 Summer Design Fellowship call for entries

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

SB Summer Design FellowshipCould you be Shepley Bulfinch’s next Summer Design Fellow (or do you know someone who might be)? We’re accepting applications for the 2016 Fellowship until Friday, April 1, 2016, at 5:00 pm EST.

Our Fellowship gives a promising architecture student the opportunity to spend ten weeks this summer immersed in real design problems and collaborative solutions in our Boston design studio. We’re looking for applicants from a wide range of students and institutions. Past Fellows have come from architecture schools throughout the country and a number have gone on to join our ...[more]