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Library of the Future: Design study promotes flexible, future learning environments for mid-century modern building

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

By: Kelly Brubaker

As we continue to celebrate our military servicemen and women – veteran and active-duty – this week, we wanted to highlight a project of historic significance for our country. The Library of the Future study for McDermott Library initiates a forward-looking, adaptable learning and research environment at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Its recommendations rejuvenate Walter Netsch’s 59-year-old campus design vision, and position the library as the intellectual heart of The Academy.

Through a series of workshops and interviews with the Library Steering Committee and staff, Academy faculty and cadets, we developed proposals for a phased renovation and expansion of the library with partner ...[more]

LEED Gold for Phillips Academy wellness center

Thursday, 3 December 2015

LEED 2015 GOLD medallion 150x150The US Green Building Council has awarded LEED Gold Certification to The Rebecca M. Sykes Wellness Center at Phillips Academy. It is the second LEED-certified building on the school’s Andover, Massachusetts, campus.

The sustainable design of the 17,000 square foot center reinforces the Center’s emphasis on health and well-being. “This is another testament to this beautiful new Wellness Center supporting Andover’s larger initiatives in individual and community health,” said Phillips Academy Medical Director Dr. Amy Patel.

The Center’s sustainable centerpiece is its geothermal system, with a 19-well field that lies beneath the ...[more]

The smart design behind Salem State’s floating stair

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Smart design stands on its own – sometimes literally.

That’s the case at Salem State University’s Berry Library: the design thinking behind the library’s open stair gets top billing in “16 smart solutions for architects, engineers, and contractors,” a feature in the December issue of Building Design & Construction.

The feature outlines the design challenge and the solution developed by Shepley Bulfinch and engineering firm SGH, working together to create the stair’s elegant floating form.

“16 great solutions…” Building Design & Construction, December 2013

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]

The ‘Anchor Plus’ Innovation District & The Anchor Institution

Monday, 18 July 2016

R_150707_N102The 21st century has brought a big change to urban planning: the rise of the innovation district. Defined by The Brookings Institution as “geographic areas where leading-edge anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators,” innovation districts have seized the minds of community leaders around the world, with districts already in Barcelona, Boston, Cambridge, London, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, Seoul, and St. Louis, to name a few.

This multi-part blog series, by Luke Voiland AIA, will focus on ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch ranked third nationally in 2007 hospital construction

Friday, 28 September 2007

Shepley Bulfinch was ranked third among the top architectural firms in the US in terms of the dollar value of new healthcare projects now underway, according to the September 2007 issue of Health Facilities Management.

The five leading states in new hospital construction now underway – Texas, California, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois – are home to several of the firm’s clients, including the University of Michigan, which opened its new Cardiovascular Center in June, and Sherman Hospital, which is currently the largest geothermal hospital project in the United States.

According to Reed Construction Data, the dollar value of the firm’s projects is $1.055 billion. Overall new hospital and clinic ...[more]

From Coral Block Architecture to the Tallest Tower

Friday, 7 July 2017

2017 Howe Fellow Kate Hriczo is Set to Explore the UAE’s 50-Year Transformation

My childhood was spent roaming the globe, and I was affected early on by the human-built world… I have devoted my skills to the realization, through designs of enhancement of the natural environment, where buildings respond to their contextual conditions, and where they bring people together in social and intellectual contact in spaces that inspire and illuminate their activities. I have been fortunate to be asked to design buildings in all parts of our country and abroad, and continue to be fascinated by the opportunity to design within the requirements of different climates, cultures, histories and architectural heritage. ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch’s Cope Bailey Joins Board of Directors at The Lighthouse of Houston

Monday, 26 September 2016

Long-term supporter of organization serving the blind and visually impaired brings expertise, commitment to role

Shepley Bulfinch's Cope Bailey Joins Board of Directors at The Lighthouse of Houston

HOUSTON – September 26, 2016 – Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture firm known for design excellence and innovation with offices in Boston, Houston and Phoenix, announced today that Principal Cope Bailey has been invited to join the board of directors of The Lighthouse of Houston, a private, nonprofit education and service center dedicated to assisting blind and visually impaired people ...[more]