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Wabash College kicks off “re-imagination” of flagship residence hall

Thursday, 11 February 2016

A symbolic groundbreaking ceremony at Wabash College on January 30 marked the start of construction for Shepley Bulfinch’s re-design and renovation of Martindale Hall, the most prominent student residence on the Crawfordsville, Indiana, campus.

Speaking at the ceremony, Wabash President Gregory Hess celebrated the elevation of the quality of independent student housing for this small men’s college with the completion of a new six-unit residential life complex that added 136 new beds on the west part of the campus and the revitalization of 55-year old Martindale Hall.

Built in 1961, Martindale is the largest of Wabash’s residence halls. The redesign borrows several concepts from the new residential precinct, providing a variety of ...[more]

Collaboration and ‘best value’ project delivery

11 October 2011

MAPPA 2011 Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH

Steve Erwin, AIA, Shepley Bulfinch
Bob Sheeran, Xavier University
Steve Eder, Messer Construction

Colorado College celebrates dynamic new dining space

Friday, 9 September 2011

Colorado College marked the renovation of the college’s dining facilities at the Worner Center with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony today on the Center’s south patio. President Jill Tiefenthaler welcomed guests to the event, which was followed by a tour of Rastall Hall.

The renovation has transformed the tired facility into a bright, dynamic social space for Colorado College that is both welcoming and energy-efficient. Central to the project’s success are new serveries with Energy Star-rated equipment and an easy-to-navigate layout. An interactive flat-screen monitors energy consumption in the building.

The project, ...[more]

Colorado College begins Worner Center renovation

Thursday, 30 June 2011

As the work of the academic year wrapped up in May at Colorado College, another sort of work began, with the summer renovation of Rastall Hall, Benji’s Café, and Colorado Café in the Worner Center.

Students arriving on campus in the fall will find the Worner Center’s dining facilities transformed into a bright and welcoming space. In keeping with the College’s commitment to sustainability, the project includes a number of sustainable features which will be an important part of the College’s pursuit of LEED-EB (Leadership in Energy Efficient Design – Existing ...[more]

Reflections on Educause – trends in higher education

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

In early November I attended the Educause 2009 conference in Denver and a series of discussions about technology and higher education. I left with three takeaways that warrant further reflection and discussion:

- What’s the relationship between the current higher education budgetary crisis and shifts in IT/ Library organizational structures and service philosophies?

- Seventy percent of scholarly research in the humanities is now being published digitally. In the transition from print to digital library collections, are academic libraries at a tipping point?

- What does the word “library” mean today? As library facilities expand to include programs for student life, student success, teaching excellence, and technology support, does the building type need ...[more]

Bates residential complex dedicated

Friday, 17 August 2007

Brunswick, ME – Bates College dedicated its new 150-student residence complex in a ceremony today. President Elaine Tuttle Hansen and Pam Wichroski, Bates’ project manager for the facility’s construction, spoke at the event. The complex, comprising two residence wings and a central community gathering space, is linked by glass-walled bridges. The sophisticated structure will support student academics and foster social interaction, all with the smallest possible environmental footprint. Within the central building, a vibrant, light-filled laundry room serves as a popular area for study and conversation. One student termed the space “my favorite place in the building,” particularly the natural light and wireless access.

Hansen noted that the project “gives ...[more]

Emma Willard School completes first phase of renovation

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Troy, NY – Phase 1 of the two-part renovation of community life spaces at the historic Emma Willard School has been completed and enthusiastically welcomed on this independent school campus in upstate New York. This phase of the renovation of first and ground floor spaces in Sage/Hyphen/Kellas encompasses a renovation and dining room addition.

The dining room was designed to create a “welcoming hearth” for students, with a feel akin to that of a kitchen in a very large stately home. The design integrates health and wellness into other elements of intellectual life of the campus. Good nutrition is provided a cultural context, in a setting that is both uplifting and ...[more]

Collecting the pieces, creating the whole

26 March 2007

ACUI (Assn of College Unions International) Annual Meeting - Atlanta GA

Janette Blackburn, Shepley Bulfinch
Tim Butler, Philadelphia University