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Transforming medical education and healthcare delivery for Africa

Monday, 5 October 2015

View of campus - detailIn the tranquil, majestic landscape of rural northern Rwanda, an ambitious vision is beginning to take shape that promises to transform medical education, research, and treatment in resource-poor settings.

Design is now underway for the first phase of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) campus in Butaro, giving form to the vision that Paul Farmer and Partners In Health have advanced for three decades. Building on that experience and leveraging the unique expertise of Rwanda’s health sector, UGHE will train the next generation of global health leaders from ...[more]

HBX Live! Breaking classroom boundaries

Thursday, 1 October 2015

As its name promises, HBX Live is a virtual classroom designed to reproduce the intimacy and synchronous interaction of Harvard Business School’s famed case study method in a digital environment.

Participants from around the globe can log in concurrently and join real-time, case-based sessions with HBS faculty who teach from the HBX Live studio, located in the Boston-based facility of public broadcaster WGBH. In the custom-designed studio, a high-resolution video wall mimics the amphitheater-style seating of an HBS classroom, where up to 60 participants are displayed on individual screens simultaneously. In addition, others can audit sessions via an observer model. Sessions are expertly produced using still and roaming cameras, creating the ...[more]

Plan for change: future flexibility in OR design

Monday, 28 September 2015

Hybrid OR, Banner Health - University Medical Ctr TucsonScaling up in size, incorporating hybrid technologies, and designing for future flexibility are three aspects that Shepley Bulfinch’s Mario Vieira, David Meek, and Srey Sherman talk about in “Ready for the cutting edge” in the latest issue of Healthcare Design magazine. The article includes a reference to Shepley Bulfinch’s two hybrid ORs completed by the firm as part of a recent surgical services renovation at Banner Health’s University Medical Center in Tucson.

David Meek also discusses mock-ups and hands-on medical staff participation in ...[more]

Jennifer Wells named Vice President, Brand Strategy

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Jennifer Donham WellsJennifer Donham Wells has been named to the newly created position of Vice President, Brand Strategy at Shepley Bulfinch.

“Shepley Bulfinch is a seasoned, ambitious design firm,” she said. “The consistency and high quality of our design work has never been more important, particularly for teams working across multiple offices.”

The national design firm has seen significant growth in recent years, opening its third office in Houston earlier this year and expanding its geographic reach to take on a wider range of projects and clients.

Jennifer comes to Shepley Bulfinch ...[more]

Leaning our way to the ideal preconstruction process

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Lauren Deck JanneyIf our design process isn’t lean, how do we expect our construction process to be? This was the focus of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) New England Community of Practice event in June where a team of designers, construction managers, and MEP subcontractors shared their approach to an ideal preconstruction process. Shepley Bulfinch worked with Turner Construction, and MEP subcontractors SullyMac and Cannistraro to create a pull plan that allows them to manage information and decisions down to a weekly basis.

Does so not only helps our team stay on schedule, it improves ...[more]

How is data changing the nature of design?

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

At the BLDGS=DATA symposium in New York this spring, the discussion focused on strategies for harnessing the massive amount of data made available by modern technology. An increased capacity for analysis has led to immense data generation and an unprecedented ability to identify correlations. The AEC industry today is grappling with ways to make the best use of it and to develop standard processes for leveraging and sharing it.

This surge of data is changing the very nature of design as architects begin to embrace a much more data-driven approach. Advances in Building Information Modeling (BIM) allow for more thorough project documentation and the ability to share building information with contractors. ...[more]

Beam me up: construction begins for Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The New Children's Hospital of MichiganA beam signing ceremony today signaled the official start of construction on the new Children’s Hospital of Michigan in the heart of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Midtown Detroit campus. Patients, their families, community members, and DMC executives and staff joined the celebration, inscribing messages and well wishes on the 1.65 ton beam, which was placed as the cornerstone of this project.

The new Children’s Hospital of Michigan will house pediatric researchers, clinicians and innovators in heart health, emergency medicine, critical care, neonatology, hematology/oncology, nephrology and other disciplines. ...[more]

North Shore Community College begins expansion

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The addition of a major wing to North Shore Community College’s McGee Building took a step forward this week as preparations for the start of construction got underway at the college’s Lynn, Massachusetts, campus.

The 37,000 square foot addition will provide ten new classrooms and a home for a consolidated Student Success Center and a Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment, as well as other academic and administrative facilities. It is anticipated that the $21 million project will take two years to complete.

“We’ve taken advantage of the campus’ wonderful outdoor space to design an addition that turns its attention outward and welcomes the community in,” said Shepley Bulfinch architect Bill Fitzpatrick, ...[more]