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Sparkle+Chime – making magic

Monday, 24 November 2014

What does it take to make magic in a park?

This fall Shepley created Sparkle+Chime, an art installation made up of over 3600 small mirrors and discs suspended from the trees to create dancing patterns of light and delicate chiming. The making of Sparkle+Chime required an all-out office effort led by mostly junior staff, and drew on the diverse experience – from rock climbing to jewelry making – of the core production team. Inspired by a compelling conceptual design from competition winner Jean Kim, we took up the challenge to make ...[more]

Proof of the pudding: Modularity and the successful master plan

16 November 2014

Healthcare Design '14, San Diego, CA

Jennifer Aliber, AIA, FACHA, Shepley Bulfinch
Angela Watson, AIA, LEED AP, Shepley Bulfinch

LEED Gold for Colby’s Davis Science Center

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

LEED Gold

Sometimes the best lesson in environmental responsibility on campus is the academic building around you.

For Colby College, its commitment to sustainable design and practice was affirmed when the Davis Science Center received LEED Gold Certification this fall from the US Green Building Council.

The Center is Shepley Bulfinch’s eighth project to be LEED Gold Certified.

The design responds to the Georgian architecture of Colby’s existing campus while incorporating best practices in sustainable design, including local sourcing of materials. The dominant exterior material is water struck ‘Colby Blend’ brick, manufactured by the same nearby brickyard that ...[more]

Going global: culture shock!

29 October 2014

ABX Architecture Boston Expo, Boston, MA


Design award celebrates science at work, light at play

Thursday, 23 October 2014

2013 Houston facade detailThe University of Houston’s Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 1 was named “Best Higher Education Building” by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) in the Institute’s 2014 PCI Design Awards.

The award celebrates the distinctive beveled facade of the clinical, research, and teaching facility for this Carnegie Tier 1 research institution and the smart design thinking behind it. Catching the sun as it plays across the building’s surface, the undulating precast concrete facade system is an innovative, high-value design solution that responds to challenges dictated by topography, program, and budget.

The design ...[more]

Ground broken for Oishei Children’s Hospital

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Oishei Children's HospitalHealth care for the children and families of Western New York took a major leap forward October 8, as Kaleida Health held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, designed by Shepley Bulfinch. The new hospital will replace the current Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Physicians, employees, donors, elected officials, and other dignitaries were on hand to kick off construction on the new $270 million facility. Lt. Governor Robert Duffy was the event’s keynote speaker.

“Today we move closer to making the promise of the best in pediatric care ...[more]

Work-life flexibility – banishing a ‘culture of busy’

18 October 2014

Equity By Design, San Francisco, CA

Carole Wedge, FAIA, LEED AP, Shepley Bulfinch
Francis Pitts, FAIA, Architecture+
Jenny Guan, AIA, LEED AP, Flad Architects, moderator

Sparkle+Chime: Celebrating arts and culture in Boston

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Sparkle+Chime BostonOctober has brought magic to Evans Way Park in Boston, where Shepley Bulfinch’s art installation Sparkle+Chime has filled the trees with patterns of light and sound.

Sparkle+Chime is part of the Fenway Alliance’s 2014 Opening Our Doors celebration on October 13. Hundreds of small suspended mirrored discs and lightweight metal rings have been suspended from selected trees in the park. Sunlight refracting off the discs creates shifting patterns of light across the trees and ground, with the gentle tinkling of chimes as the rings play against the discs in the breeze. Discreet ...[more]