Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Virtual reality is a powerful tool for designers. While still in the early stages of development in architecture, with this tool, we can offer our clients a familiar language for understanding design, beyond the interpretation of 2D drawings or even 3D models. Sharing this type of experience eliminates the need to explain what a space is or how it functions. It allows us to be a fly on the wall, and gives us greater insight into how people will intuitively perceive and navigate through spaces.
Using virtual reality has an aspect ...[more]
Thursday, 7 April 2016
While the library’s importance to higher education has remained constant, its physical shape has changed dramatically over the course of the last century.
19th century academic libraries reflected the pedagogy and culture of the period: formal buildings with grand spaces and quiet, well-appointed reading rooms. By the middle of the 20th century these buildings faced a new challenge. Unable to respond to cultural shifts, rapid enrollment and collections growth, many of them were abandoned to other programs or demolished, making room for the new “library of the future.” These 20th century “state of ...[more]
Wednesday, 6 April 2016
Shepley Bulfinch’s Jennifer Aliber and Lauren Janney talk about the application of Lean principles to reduce patient wait times and increase value-added time with for patients and staff at a Massachusetts urgent care center in “Let It Flow,” the cover story in the April issue of Health Facilities Management magazine.
In the article, Lindsay Gainer of North Shore Physicians Group also discusses the “on-stage” and “off-stage” circulation and collaborative team work area in the new center, designed by Shepley Bulfinch. Chris Backous of the Virginia Mason Institute talks about the migration ...[more]
Tuesday, 29 March 2016
Earlier this month, members of Shepley Bulfinch’s project team were in Richmond for the dedication of the new Cabell Library expansion at Virginia Commonwealth University.
As an intervention in a complex urban context, Cabell Library truly accomplishes the design goals we had intended for it: the way the building massing comfortably nestles into its context, how it responds to change of scale in the urban fabric, the way that building edges and interior space truly engage and activate public campus space, with human activity and interior destinations made legible ...[more]
Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Shepley Bulfinch is pleased to welcome healthcare planning and design leader Bryan D. Jones, AIA, LEED AP, as a director in the firm’s Houston office, where he will lead its regional healthcare practice.
“We’re excited to have Bryan leading our healthcare practice in Texas,” said Shepley Bulfinch President Carole Wedge, FAIA, announcing the appointment. “He has a deep knowledge of the Texas healthcare market and is highly regarded for his expertise in resilient facility design.”
Bryan has led the design and delivery of major healthcare projects across Texas, including the Jennie ...[more]
Monday, 21 March 2016
One of an occasional series
Planning the transformation of an academic library is likely to involve an expanded mix of users. This may include new partners and will call for a dynamic, inclusive process.
Some helpful strategies include
Map the journey
Think of your process as a travel guide for your journey and the destination is the completion of your library project. Plan for unexpected stops and side trips along the way, but keep the final destination in sight.
Make it open and collaborative
Use the process to harness different perspectives, create a campus-wide buzz, and build ...[more]