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The New Edge for Town-and-Gown Relationships

Friday, 1 September 2017

Neighborhood Connections Seen As Recruiting Advantage
By: Joe Herzog, AIA, Principal

The traditional perimeter between an academic institution and its surrounding urban environment is no longer a defined line, but a blurred edge. As colleges shift from being introverted environments to becoming more integrated within their surrounding communities – urban, suburban or rural settings – the synergistic relationship between a college and its community can lead to healthy local economies and engaged communities.

For both to flourish – as opposed to merely survive – they must work together in a symbiotic way.

The development of housing, mixed-use, academic, entrepreneurial and research environments, both on and off campus, helps blur ...[more]

Bringing Students Back on Campus: Who Owns the Brand?

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

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Every university in the United States had both professional and independent apartment owners and managers scattered around their periphery for decades. Increasing enrollment was managed by the marketplace and universities focused on new buildings for academic, research, student life, recreation, and sports complexes. Frankly, it was easier to get a donor or a state legislature to approve an Interdisciplinary Science and Research Center than it was to fund a Residence Hall.

Despite this funding differential, student housing cannot be denied in its ability to effectively and positively impact student experience and success. It is the core of the branded ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch Celebrates the Grand Opening of the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Follows architecture firm’s work on adjacent Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab)

Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab

Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture firm known for design excellence and innovation with offices in Boston, Houston and Phoenix, announced today the completion of the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab at Harvard University in Allston, Mass. Made possible by a gift from Judy and Steve Pagliuca, a formal dedication was held on November 3, 2016.

The newest component of Harvard’s growing innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab is a new 15,000 SF, two-story building that creates much-needed ...[more]

17 new life science ventures moving in at the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab

Friday, 21 October 2016

Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab

The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab team has been busy over the last several months, getting ready for this state-of-the-art wet lab environment to become home to a curated community of 17 growth-stage life sciences startups. Harvard recently announced these new community members, which you can learn about on their web site.

This space will provide these startups opportunity to test their ideas and develop their ventures with lab benches, collaborative work spaces, conference rooms, and a ...[more]

Wabash College breaks ground on student housing project

Friday, 23 May 2014

Construction is now underway at Wabash College for a new 136-bed student housing complex on the College’s Crawfordsville, Indiana, campus. The $15 million plan includes the construction of two 38-bed halls, two 16-bed lodges, and two duplex-style townhomes with 12 beds each. Shepley Bulfinch designed the six-building complex.

The new housing, which will be sited along the campus’ west side, includes increased parking and links to the main campus through walkways and landscaping.

“We are excited about the development of the near west side of campus and the expansion of student housing options,” said President Gregory D. Hess. “The new residences represent careful planning and long conversations with students, faculty, staff and ...[more]

Many Hats: The challenge of a small college union

10 March 2013

2013 ACUI Annual Conference, St Louis, MO

Janette Blackburn, Shepley Bulfinch
Tim Butler, Philadelphia University
Jim McLaughlin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Student housing project underway at Purdue

Monday, 21 January 2013

Student housing - West Lafayette, INConstruction is now underway for new student housing being developed by Campus Acquisitions near Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The project received final approval from the city of West Lafayette earlier this month.

The development will transform an under-utilized urban parcel with small commercial structures and an open parking field into a vibrant part of the city landscape. The mixed-use student housing complex establishes a compelling civic presence to this high-profile urban block, with 229 residential units with 489 beds and ground-floor retail that serves the surrounding neighborhood.

The five-story ...[more]

Making connections at Hamline’s Anderson Center

Friday, 18 January 2013

Hamline - Anderson University Center at duskHow are non-academic buildings defining a vibrant student experience? For Hamline University’s Anderson University Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota, it’s all about making connections, as discussed in “New facilities enhance the quality of campus life,” a Trends Report in the January issue of Building Design + Construction.

Not simply a student union, the Anderson Center has become a campus-wide crossroads for students, faculty, and staff, and the gateway from the campus to the city of Saint Paul.

The vision was shaped in the planning process, noted principal Angela ...[more]