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Yale-New Haven Hospital opens bariatric unit

Friday, 5 February 2016


Yale-New Haven Hospital has opened the newest specialized inpatient unit for bariatric surgery patients in southern New England, allowing the hospital’s Bariatric Center to deliver tailored care for patients undergoing life-changing surgery. The dedicated 15-bed unit designed by Shepley Bulfinch is located on the hospital’s Saint Raphael’s Campus and opened with a ribbon-cutting on January 5.

The bariatric unit is an added and important resource to Yale-New Haven’s team of bariatric surgeons. The new private inpatient rooms meet the vision of creating a patient-centered healing environment with specific focus on patient safety. Reinforced handrails in patient rooms, together with threshold-free showers and recessed dispensers for toilet paper and paper ...[more]

Creating learning spaces that can be continuously redesigned by users


SCUP North Atlantic Regional Conference, New York, NY

Janette Blackburn, AIA, Shepley Bulfinch


SCUP Evolving needs for new active, immersive learning spaces on college campuses are running headlong into limited budgets and limited space. Nowhere is the importance of flexible, immersive learning environments more important than at an institution dedicated to exploring and testing the boundaries of teaching and learning.

In this workshop at the SCUP North Atlantic conference, Janette is joined by Gary Natriello, Hui Soo Chae, and Brian Hughes of Teachers College Columbia to talk about the College’s new Learning Theater, which opens this year.

In their discussion, they share their interactive planning strategy and new space ...[more]


Love at first sight: The marriage of a community hospital and an academic medical center


ASHE PDC Summit 2016, San Diego, CA

Jennifer Aliber, AIA, FACHA, Shepley Bulfinch
Stephen Carbery, BE, MBA, Yale New Haven Health System
Mario Vieira, AIA, Shepley Bulfinch



ASHE PDC 2016The integration of two previously independent hospitals into one academic medical center is complex. Significant investment in facilities and allocation of management resources are likely to be required to align the two institutions to function optimally as one.

In this presentation at the 2016 ASHE PDC Summit, Jennifer, Steve, and Mario discuss the strategy behind the integration of the former St. Raphael’s Hospital campus and Yale-New Haven Hospital, which has focused on investing in key facilities to develop distinct services, attract top medical staff, standardize spaces across sites, and elevate the quality of care and the patient experience.

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Evaluating different models of ambulatory care

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Aliber_150x150_72dpiHow do different ambulatory care models deliver care? What are the implications in terms of size, location, and staffing? How are new technologies allowing higher-acuity cases to be treated off site?

Jennifer Aliber, AIA, FACHA, writes about changing approaches to ambulatory patient care in “Ambulatory environments: eight ways hospitals are reaching out to their communities,” which appears in the January 2016 issue of Health Facilities Management magazine. This piece takes forward issues Jennifer addressed in presentations at the 2015 ASHE PDC conference and Healthcare Design ’15.

“Ambulatory environments,” Health Facilities Management, January 2016

Six project types | 142 years | 3944 stickies

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Sticky notes - detailIn all sizes and colors, they congregate on monitors, desktops, and walls. We use them as reminders to ourselves and others. They help us think and synthesize.

Most of all, they help us communicate and collaborate with each other and our clients. Whether bent into an impromptu stair model or used in a client workshop, they are part of our design process.

The installation in our office and the video below are a tribute and yet another adaptation of the mighty sticky note, which first originated as a mistake in the labs of ...[more]

Simple things: sketchbooks through a child’s eyes

Monday, 25 January 2016

Shepley Bulfinch blue journalWhat can seem simple or mundane to us, can be magical through the eyes of a child. How often do we, as designers, grab our sketchbooks every day? We all use them in different ways: some of our sketchbooks are filled with meticulous drawings. Others, like mine, have pages filled with meeting notes and project to-do lists, with the occasional reminder to pick up a black shirt to complete a Halloween costume.

I carry my sketchbook with me everywhere, fill the pages, and grab another. What I write is not precious, it’s ...[more]

Healthcare design: Getting started in the Big Room

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Banner Big Room in actionDesigning and building large complex projects is becoming more – well, complex. Architects and project teams are constantly looking for ways to control project costs without sacrificing quality or the user experience. Enter the Big Room.

An increasing popular tool for project teams, the Big Room model co-locates designers, contractors, and owners in one space for the duration of a project’s planning, design, and construction process. The idea is that working together in one location promotes transparency, collaboration, and equality and, in the end, delivers a better project for less cost ...[more]

“Learning together in the best environment possible”

Friday, 8 January 2016

The voices of Groton School in this video offer powerful testimony on the transformation of their historic Schoolhouse and the impact of design on a community of learners.

Film by Jordan Beard and Alistair Wilson
Courtesy of Groton School