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Thinking LEED, Building Green

18 April 2007

Plan New Hampshire Sustainable Design Workshop - Lebanon, NH

Ray Gerbi, Vice President, Facilities, Concord Hospital

Santa Rosa Community College "green" library in Architectural Showcase

Monday, 2 April 2007

The Frank P Doyle Library at Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, California, was one of 27 public and academic libraries nationwide to be included in the April 2007 issue of American Libraries magazine.

The American Library Association publication’s annual Design Showcase highlighted the host of environmental features which are incorporated seamlessly in the Doyle Library’s traditional design. These include the library’s use of a 58-kw photovoltaic array and a system of thermal energy storage units.

The 141,000 s.f. library was the work of design partners TLCD Architecture of California, which oversaw the project’s sustainable design elements, and Shepley Bulfinch, which brought its expertise in library planning and programming to the project. ...[more]

Maine Holocaust Human Rights Center profiled in national press

Monday, 2 April 2007

The Michael Klahr Holocaust Human Rights Center, on the campus of the University of Maine in Augusta, was the subject of an Associated Press article carried in the LA Times, Boston Globe, and a host of other papers nationwide today.

The 6,000 s.f. Center, which will be completed and dedicated later this year, is named in honor of a survivor of the Holocaust who settled in Maine.

The Center’s design, inspired by the petals of a flower, symbolizes life and renewal. The design was selected from more than 120 submissions from architects around the world.

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

Queen's Library Cited as Part of Belfast Revival

Wednesday, 14 March 2007

The new library at Queen’s University, Belfast, was among the examples of the economic revival of Belfast, Northern Ireland, according to an article which appeared today in Architecture Week.

With design techniques that exceed code requirements, the 190,000 s.f. project is expected to meet the stringent standards of the UK’s Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).

Instead of a mechanical system, its natural ventilation system will reduce energy costs by fifty percent. The library’s sustainable elements also include automatically operated windows, atria, roof venting, and a night cooling strategy that utilizes exposed concrete structural slabs. Ground source heat pumps, with a raised floor system, efficiently deliver low temperature heat. ...[more]

Plans Presented for Duke Law School Construction

Friday, 9 March 2007

Shepley Bulfinch’s latest project on the Duke University campus is the subject of an article in today’s issue of the Duke University Law School paper, “The Devil’s Advocate”. In the article, Professor Tom Metzloff, co-chair of the school’s building committee, unveiled plans for the design and construction of the Star Commons, an addition to the law school building.

The new Commons will provide the school with public space, including casual seating for 150 on the main floor and, as a forum for major public speaking events, seating for up to 500.

It is scheduled for completion at the end of 2008.

Howe Library gets special mention from Library Journal

Thursday, 1 February 2007

The Howe Library in Hanover, New Hampshire, was one of three singled out for special mention in the February 1 issue of the Library Journal feature on “Best Small Libraries in America”. The winning entry was the Grand County Public Library in Moab, Utah.

The 18,700 s.f. Howe Library, which was originally designed by Shepley Bulfinch in 1974, was substantially renovated and expanded by the firm to accommodate the growing Hanover community and its changing needs. The design includes space for library and community activities, and features an expanded children’s room, a young adult room, and a reading loft.

Emma Willard School: “Catalyst for Culture Change”

Friday, 14 July 2006

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In the words of one of its officers, Emma Willard epitomizes “Hollywood’s idea of a traditional European campus.” The spectacular Tudor and Gothic campus has been the setting for studio movies, the venue for a fictional contemporary private secondary school and for Oxford at the turn of the last century. In reality, recent use of the campus presents a very different picture. Despite a curricular emphasis on fitness and engagement with nature, students rarely ventured out in bad weather. Based upon a culture of “coat-phobia,” they avoided the cold New York winter by navigating the campus in flip flops through a ...[more]