Sustainable and human-centered design is inherent to Shepley Bulfinch’s design philosophy and practice. We approach sustainability holistically, evaluating the broad range of elements that the term “sustainability” encompasses and pursuing those most relevant to the project and place. By aligning the goals of the project with the values of the institution, we ensure that the core sustainability principles are incorporated into the project’s programming and design recommendations.
Studies have found critical links between the design of the built environment and the physical and mental health of its occupants. Our team approaches each project with this in mind throughout the design process. At a project’s onset, we work closely with the client to understand their values and outline the myriad of ways in which the building’s design could impact its users and the broader planet. This allows us to create a customized design approach that reflects the client’s priorities around the health and wellness of people and planet.