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Carole Wedge


Shepley Bulfinch

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Carole C. Wedge, FAIA LEED AP, is President of Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott, a national architecture and planning practice in Boston. Carole brings her expertise in education planning and programming to a wide range of academic clients, working with them to explore and exploit the convergence of learning, teaching and research. Carole has spoken and written widely. She serves on the board of the Design Futures Council and is active in Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL); Educause; the BSA’s Women in Design program; the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP); and the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Community Committee and Large Firm Roundtable. She chaired the Boston Society of Architects’ (BSA) host committee for the 2008 AIA national convention. She received her Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and her Bachelor in Architecture from the Boston Architectural Center. She holds an honorary Master of Architecture degree from the Boston Architectural College and an honorary Doctorate of Engineering Technology from the Wentworth Institute of Technology, and serves on the Wentworth Institute’s Board of Trustees. She was elevated to the College of Fellows of the AIA in 2008 09/09

The "Real Options" approach to capital decisions: Planning for change
Securing funding for major capital projects, particularly spaces intended to be technologically-rich, requires careful and conscientious planning by many leaders within a campus community. In this essay, Alida Zweidler, Carol Wedge and Bruce Metz, examine a series of options for making decision about capital planning.
Programming: Working Through the Programming Process
Carole Wedge, a principal at Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott discusses the most important parts of the building programming process, which are issues all institutions renovating or building will encounter. Her idea is that for such a monumental undertaking a clear outline of the steps taken leading up to and during the process is helpful, if not necessary. Here is a discussion of issues that should be considered by any institution as soon as changes to the infrastructure of campus are an inchoate idea being discussed.
Programming: Where To Start
Achieving integration in the design of our libraries and other learning centers calls for close collaborations between a variety of campus organizations. That sounds straightforward enough, but is often difficult to achieve. Whom should you involve? And how might such involvements work best? What kinds of processes are good for soliciting input and communicating project status? Projects that are especially innovative and entail changes in service delivery methods, buy-in from various campus constituencies must also be gained. Communication and involvement of all key players is essential for every phase of the project. The programming process, including strategies for successful programming, will be discussed.
Research Spaces
Creating spaces that support the active, hands-on investigation and engagement that introduce students to and socialize them into the community of practitioners is an important goal for those planning technology-intensive learning communities.
Making Decisions: Linking Space to Strategic Plans
Breakout Session IA: Focusing on Classrooms
Breakout Session IIB: Considering Renovation/New Construction
Breakout Session II-B: Formal Learning Spaces and Technology Strategies
2009 Facilities Workshop at Duke University