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Today’s lab building by the numbers

Friday, 14 October 2016

Shepley Bulfinch undertook a 3-month long study where we examined science facilities from over a 100 colleges and universities across the country. We gathered data that details departmental usage, building efficiency and other key metrics that drive the design of science buildings. In particular, we tracked usage related to interdisciplinary research and STEM trends across higher education.

Key insights included:

  • Buildings are 37% larger while undergoing a 15% reduction in square footage per department.
  • There has been a 260% increase in the space allotted to dry labs. This dramatic increase represents new types of research driven by technology that does not require hoods and benches, including computational biology, computer science, and robotics.
  • Increased ...[more]

Demystifying pharmacy regulations

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Demystifying pharmacy regulations USP 797 USP 800 Bridgeport Hospital Pharmacy Renovation
Satisfying the recently updated U.S. Pharmacopeial Compounding Compendium Convention regulations – more frequently known as USP 797 – can be a daunting task for healthcare facilities. At the New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society Annual Fall Conference, one of our architects noted that out of the dozens health facility representatives present at the USP 797/800 lecture, only a handful were confident that their pharmacies met upcoming USP 800 standards. After witnessing all of the apprehension, we decided to shed some light on the situation.

What are USP 797 and USP 800?

New clinical trials center for Yale New Haven Health System

Friday, 30 September 2016

Clinical Trial Yale New Haven Health Infusion Bay Rendering

Healthcare is often a balancing act, and healthcare design relies on a similar pattern of balance of discipline and nurturing, privacy and community, and staff and patient interaction. During the renovation of the new Phase 1 Clinical Trial Center, a part of Yale New Haven Health System’s Smilow Cancer Hospital, the Shepley Bulfinch team witnessed this first hand, as we focused on the equilibrium between patient experience, logistic requirements, and staff needs central to a clinical cancer ...[more]

New Landmark Library Award Winner Transforming Campus and Student Experience

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

VCU Cabell Library Brutalist Design renovation transparency

The Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell Library project exemplifies the potential to transform an introverted mid-century building into a state-of-the-art facility that enlivens an entire campus.

The existing building lacked critical spaces for individual and group study, collaboration, and social interaction. In response, the addition and renovation nearly double seating capacity and introduce a range of multi-functional, flexible spaces that will allow the ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch architect achieves American College of Healthcare Architects Board Certification

Monday, 19 September 2016

Healthcare Planner Scott Mueller Shepley Bulfinch Congratulations for Board Certification American College of Healthcare Architects ACHA

Shepley Bulfinch is proud to announce that Scott Mueller, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, has earned board certification from The American College of Healthcare Architects. Scott has over 18 years of healthcare programming, planning and design experience. He has worked extensively in NICU, ambulatory, inpatient and medical office building settings, marrying his passion for medical planning with his desire to create lean and cost-effective patient and staff-friendly spaces. We recently sat down with Scott to find out a little more about his passions, motivations, and ...[more]

New multi-disciplinary science facility at the University of Houston underway

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

innovative new integrated healthcare clinic and multi-disciplinary science facility at the University of Houston


The University of Houston’s new Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2 is well underway, and set to be completed in late 2017. The new, multi-disciplinary facility that will feature specialized research space, labs, offices, an expanded library, and an integrated healthcare clinic to serve the University of Houston community as well as surrounding community members. For more information, see the new article in ...[more]

What Pokemon Go can teach us about the future of architecture: Part 2

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

AR, Augmented Reality, design, innovation, Pokemon, Pokemon Go future of architecture
In our last post we discussed how, for the first time for many people, Pokemon Go introduced an augmented reality (AR) that is both mobile and interactive, seamlessly integrating digital elements with our physical surroundings. We also posited that as this technology progresses, AR will have a profound effect on the practice of architecture, both on the buildings we design and the tools and methods we use to design them. For this post, we’d like to share a few ideas from these two realms.

But first, imagine augmented ...[more]

Planning for Collections: Balancing Digital Trends, Physical Realities, and Pedagogy

Monday, 29 August 2016


Digital technologies, changing scholarship habits, spatial constraints, and economic challenges are prompting many institutions to dramatically change how their physical collections (e.g., books, maps, art, biological samples, pottery fragments) are stored, accessed, displayed, and consumed. With the digital revolution, what physical things still are important pedagogically for an academic institution? That is what I explored with Janette Blackburn, principal at Shepley Bulfinch; Paul Guenther, Senior Campus Planner for McGill University, and Anna Gold, Dean of Library Services at Cal Poly, at our SCUP-51 conference presentation in Vancouver.

Leaders of higher education face decisions about ...[more]