Looking at the renovation of one floor in the Oscar A. Silverman Library at the University at Buffalo, NY, we outlined 3 goals to transform the space - create a central hub , provide a variety of study spaces, and prioritize access to technology.
The strategy was to create “neighborhoods” to break down the large floor plate (over 50,000 SF!) providing common amenities at all quadrants of the floor. Read More
Nothing says summer like chips and dip, so to greet the heat, PDR hosted its semi-annual food competition - a dip challenge. With total creative license on what constitutes a “dip” and a “chip”, contenders competed for top rankings in taste (“I could just die and go to heaven”), texture (“Got it just right”), appearance/presentation (“Aw, that’s so pretty”), pairing (“How well does the chip work with the dip?”), innovation (overall strategy/uniqueness), and transcendence (indefinable quality). Read More
Last week, Perry Dean participated in the charrette, “Towards Zero Net Energy (TZNE),” sponsored by DCAMM and DOER, at Greenfield Community College. In the words of DCAMM Commissioner Gladstone, the goal was “to build on our prior work, assess developments and trends in this field, and explore whether and how to expand this effort to DCAMM’s new construction and major renovation projects as well as facilities operations.” Read More
A unique aspect of our practice is that many of the staff are also part-time faculty members at area colleges and universities. This combination of academics and professional practice often feed one another in a positive way – teaching generates an energy and enthusiasm that can sometimes be lost in the ‘noise’ of a real project, while consideration for code requirements and constructability can really help shape and improve student work. Read More
A Look at the Hillside Auditorium at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. The New Auditorium is the first, newly constructed landscape-over-structure building in the history of the University - incorporating three planted roofs which all meet grade at varying levels of the hill. This project is certified LEED Silver. Read More
Continuing a semi-annual tradition, all PerryDeaners have put their heads together to offer a list of the coolest, most unique gift ideas from a variety of sources. Check off the most difficult to buy for with this compilation of beautiful, useful, mostly functional, and sometimes odd. OR! Buy them all for yourself. Go ahead. You deserve it. Read More
Taking advantage of the holiday season, Perry Dean Rogers hosted its annual food competition on the theme of Christmas cookies. It was a tough battle between contenders this year, submissions competing for top marks in cookieness, taste, texture, appearance, nostalgia, innovation, and of course, Christmasiness. Read More
6 Library Trends as observed at the completion of our most recent library project, The Library Learning Commons at Southern New Hampshire University.
- Library Central to Campus Experience
- Disparate Remote Study Destinations
- Cafe Supporting Social Learning
- Flexible Teaching/Instruction Spaces
- Wayfinding and the User Experience
- Transparency in Academic Libraries
While in attendance at Embrace the Change - Transforming Libraries into the 21st Century, it was discussed the way in which students, academics, and all users interact with the volume of diverse media at their fingertips. This colloquium, taking place at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, looked at libraries in general, and also specifically in Theological Libraries. Read More