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Shepley Bulfinch Selected to Revitalize UMass Amherst Student Union Building

Shepley Bulfinch announced that it has been selected to design the revitalization of the 108,000 GSF Student Union building on the University of Massachusetts (UMass) flagship campus in Amherst, Mass. The approximately $55 million Student Union renovation will transform the facility into a modern hub of student activity and interaction, while reinvigorating the historic campus core around it. With a focus on re-connecting the building to nature and the surrounding landscape, the renovated Student Union will radiate outward from the geographical heart of the campus to once again become the nexus of student engagement.

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Stantec to Work with Western Michigan University to Transform Main Campus South Neighborhood

Global design firm Stantec was selected to provide full-service architecture and engineering for a new student housing development in the South Neighborhood of Western Michigan University’s (WMU) campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The new development will be positioned along the highly-visible Stadium Drive and will provide space in a living-learning capacity. The development will provide engaging living-learning environments for students to support a reinvigorated South Neighborhood community.

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Shepley Bulfinch and University of Houston Celebrate Grand Opening of Health 2, the University’s Second Health and Biomedical Sciences Building

Shepley Bulfinch announced today the completion of Health 2, the University of Houston’s (UH) second health and biomedical sciences building. The newest component of Houston’s Carnegie-Designated Tier One public research institution, Health 2 is a nine-story, 300,000 SF facility that provides a new home for the University’s College of Pharmacy, the Student Health Center, community clinical and wellness spaces, and two floors of expanded research space.

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Completes First Phase of Campus Redevelopment Project with Glassell School of Art

The new Glassell School of Art and BBVA Compass Roof Garden designed by Steven Holl Architects and The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza designed by Deborah Nevins & Associates.  The completion of the Glassell School of Art—the nation’s only museum-affiliated art school serving pre-K through postgraduate students—and the The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza opens a public gateway to the entire Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus and creates a dramatic new public greenspace for Houston. The 14-acre redevelopment is currently the largest cultural project under construction in North America.

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Duquesne University, Radnor Property Group & Harrison Street Real Estate Capital Announce Student Housing Partnership

A new strategic partnership between Duquesne University, Radnor Property Group (Radnor) and Harrison Street Real Estate Capital (Harrison Street) will provide an enhanced, high-quality living experience for Duquesne students living in Brottier Hall, an apartment-style campus residence hall. The University announced today that it has finalized Radnor and Harrison Street’s acquisition of the building, which includes an agreement to modernize and renovate the property. 

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New Bentley University Arena Named the Most Environmentally Sustainable in the Nation

The new, state-of-the-art multipurpose Bentley Arena is the most environmentally sustainable in the U.S. and the first standalone ice arena to earn the LEED platinum certification, the highest possible rating, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. The award for the recently opened, 76,000-square-foot arena highlights the building’s sustainable design and energy efficiency and Bentley University’s continued rise as an innovative, nationally-recognized business university.

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Phase One of Lemonwood Elementary in Oxnard School District Opens

The new Lemonwood Elementary campus will house 900 K-8 students.  The project has been strategically developed on a fully occupied campus with minimal disturbance and no interim housing. The completed first phase includes the main classroom and multipurpose buildings. Phase two, currently underway, will include new kindergarten classrooms and administration buildings, and will be completed in 2019. Additionally, Building 3 of the original campus will be repurposed to provide “flex rooms” for enhanced kindergarten, transitional kindergarten, or preschool programs. 

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Creating a housing plan to support and engage a student throughout their academic career

While there are many campus specific factors that go in to student housing master-planning, the points in this study should serve as basic guide to get you started. When completed, a strong student housing implementation plan will provide a lively hub of student life on campus – promoting academic discourse, lasting personal connections, and a deep bond to the university overall. The result is higher academic success, leading to a higher graduation rate, that will lead to a lucrative career. A student that has fully engaged in the campus activity and traditions is more likely to return as an active alumni or donor supporting the next generation of students to succeed on your campus.

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Color’s Role in Enhancing Educational Spaces – A look at 2017+ trends

How can architects and designers use color to create spaces that help eliminate mental noise and foster individual thinking and growth? To answer this question, PPG identified trending paint colors to help create balanced environments that break down the traditional ambience of a classroom and cultivate a true space for learning.

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The Arroyo at Glen Mor Student Apartments – University of California, Riverside

A recent housing complex at the University of California, Riverside makes a case for change by challenging the language of conventional university landscape typologies. Glen Mor Student Apartments sets the stage for an academic experience grounded in place. The design embraces changing attitudes about sustainability, offers an appropriate response to building in arid climates, and taps into students’ shifting sensitivities and increased climate-awareness.

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Monument renovation using natural materials

“Architecture is generally a conservative sector, and this is something that really came to light during the renovation project of the Montessorischool in Maastricht. You can take an objective approach to the building and the intended renovation; but in our view, an architect needs to physically explore the building and dig deeper. This necessarily means becoming familiar with the users and how they use the building, and drawing on this knowledge as a basis for the design” said Nicole Maurer, of the Maastricht-based Maurer United Architects (MUA).

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"Smart Glass: Options for Creating a Sustainable, Glare-free Environment" by Josh Hogan, vice-president of sales operations for Halio North America/ Advances in electrochromic technologies have given building owners new options for maintaining their views and daylight, which studies have shown to boost vitality, productivity, and improve sleep by helping people keep in sync with their circadian rhythms. When used to block the sun’s heat and admit daylight, electrochromic or smart-tinting glass has been proven to reduce the energy used for air conditioning and electric lighting, providing as much as 20% in energy savings over low-E glass. Photo courtesy of Kinestral Technologies

"Smart Glass: Options for Creating a Sustainable, Glare-free Environment" by Josh Hogan, vice-president of sales operations for Halio North America/ Advances in electrochromic technologies have given building owners new options for maintaining their views and daylight, which studies have shown to boost vitality, productivity, and improve sleep by helping people keep in sync with their circadian rhythms. When used to block the sun’s heat and admit daylight, electrochromic or smart-tinting glass has been proven to reduce the energy used for air conditioning and electric lighting, providing as much as 20% in energy savings over low-E glass. Photo courtesy of Kinestral Technologies

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