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New Construction

Kentucky District Opens New Elementary School

Bowling Green Independent Schools in Bowling Green, Ky., recently celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new elementary facility, Rich Pond Elementary School.

Weymouth Chapman Middle School

New Construction

New, $163M Middle School to Open in Massachusetts

A new middle school in Weymouth, Mass., is ready to welcome students for the new academic year. Maria Weston Chapman Middle School covers 252,000 square feet and will play home to more than 1,400 students sixth- through eighth-graders, according to a press release.

New Construction

UConn Board of Trustees Approves New Residence Hall

The Board of Trustees for the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., recently approved the construction of a new residence hall in south campus.

New Construction

Failed Inspection Delays Opening of New Elementary School

The grand opening of a new elementary school for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Ky., has been postponed after the facility failed to pass a Louisville Metro government inspection last week, according to a district press release.

Campus Lighting

Brightline Debuts Fluorescent-to-LED Conversion Kit

Video lighting systems solutions provider Brightline recently announced the debut of a retrofit package that lets users upgrade Brightline S1.2 or S1.4 fluorescent studio fixtures to LED fixtures.

Healthy Schools

Modine Launches K–12 IAQ Improvement Campaign

HVAC industry solutions provider Modine Manufacturing Company recently announced a new resource to help K–12 facilities managers monitor their school’s IAQ (indoor air quality) needs.

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Evidence-Based Design

Opening the Doors to Evidence-Based Design In Ojai, California

STEM education project-based learning workshop space

Project-Based Learning

Hands-On Learning Spaces: 5 Lessons From Career Tech

Fountain Inn High School advanced manufacturing space

Building Blueprints

Partnerships to Pipeline: A New Model for High Schools

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A/V Technology

Transforming Classrooms into Active Learning Environments

Mark Hess, principal at Mary Helen Guest Elementary School in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District in Walled Lake, Mich., recently led the school through a new remodel that included transforming classrooms into active learning environments.



School Bus

Transportation

How School Districts Can Use Unprecedented Federal Funding to Transition to Electric Buses

Amid economic concerns like rising gas prices and inflation impacting American communities and resources, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is bringing a bright spot to school districts across the country. The agency recently announced a new $5 billion fund, available immediately, to purchase clean school bus fleets and lessen reliance on diesel fuel.

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A/V Technology

A Picture Is Worth More Than A Thousand Words

Imagine being transported to the deepest regions of space, or the nucleus of a cell, or the interior of a human heart. Imagine visiting the Great Wall of China, or Victorian-era London, or the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Reading about them is one thing; seeing them all around you is something else entirely. One educational virtual reality solution from Avantis Systems aims to provide students with experiences that they—or anyone—would never be able to see in real life.

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Facility Focus

University Of Saint Joseph Expands O'Connell Athletic Center

The University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Conn., engaged JCJ Architecture to renovate and expand the school’s existing O’Connell Athletic Center into a flexible, multi-sport arena and venue to accommodate existing and new university programs.

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Campus Technology

An Escape Room for Building Digital Skills

At Pennsylvania's Northampton Community College, students are engaging with cutting-edge technologies in a basement "apartment" designed to boost digital literacy and job skills.

Editor's Note

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

It’s the dog days of summer, and there’s not a lot going on in the world of education—on the surface.

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Theaters/Performing Arts

All The World's A Stage

Given the history of performing arts excellence in Mapleton, the district has committed to investing even more heavily in these programs by planting a legacy performing arts center to serve as a district-wide icon. Named The Mapleton Arts Center (The MAC), the building supports nearly 1,000 students across the district involved in Mapleton’s performing arts programs.

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Campus Safety

Sitting Ducks Are For Carnivals—Not Schools

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Staffing

VS America Names New Education Director

Furniture solutions company VS America recently announced that it has named Jill Ackers as its new Education Director, responsible for the company’s educational planning and professional development.

New Construction

STEAM Center Construction at University of St. Thomas Underway

At the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., construction is underway on a new centralized home for STEAM education. The Schoenecker Center will stand five stories and cover more than 130,000 square feet to integrate the school’s art, science, engineering and innovation programs.

New Construction

Penn State Approves Plans for New Liberal Arts Facility

The Board of Trustees at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Penn., recently approved final plans for the construction of a new, $127.7-million liberal arts building.

New Construction

Midland College Breaks Ground on Pre-K Academy

Midland College in Midland, Texas, recently broke ground on a 60,000-square-foot facility designed to address a shortage of early childhood education centers and a shortage of teachers in the area.

New Construction

Orange County District to Open 5 New Schools

Orange County Public Schools in Orange County, Fla., will open five new schools in August to accommodate rising enrollment figures, according to a news release.

Harlem Academy interior

Campus Renovations

Construction Firm Completes Two Projects for Manhattan Private Schools

A recent news release reports that construction firm EW Howell Construction Group has completed expansion and renovation projects at two private K–8 schools in Manhattan, N.Y.

Zumbro Education District Special Education Center

New Construction

Minnesota District to Open New Special Education Facility

The Zumbro Education District in Byron, Minn., recently completed construction on a new special education facility for the district. According to a news release, the $16.47-million, 61,031-square-foot space will serve as a combined learning center for three separate program types for at-risk K–12 students.

New Construction

Saddleback College Opens New STEM Facility

Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif., recently opened a new STEM facility on its campus. The Advanced Technology and Applied Sciences (ATAS) building measures in at 52,913 square feet and provides multidisciplinary space for labs and classrooms, general instructional areas, and administrative space.

Bucknell West Residence Hall

New Construction

Bucknell University to Build New Residence Halls

Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., recently announced that it will build four apartment-style residence halls over the next two years.

New Construction

Thomas More University Selects Contractor for New Academic Building

Thomas More University in Crestview Hills, Ky., recently announced that it has selected Turner Construction Company as the general contractor for its new Academic Center.

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Campus Furnishings

Whitney Brothers Debuts Superbright LED Creative Cube

Children’s furniture solutions company Whitney Brothers recently introduced a new product that combines a play house cube and a light table.

New Construction

Idaho Falls Board of Trustees Approves $250M Bond Proposal

Last week, the Idaho Falls School District 91 Board of Trustees approved a $250-million bond proposal that would provide funds to renovate and improve several schools within the district.

Campus Renovations

Maine High School Starts Construction on $4.3M Athletic Complex

Kennebunk High School in Kennebunk, Maine, recently began work on a new $4.3-million athletic complex. RSU 21 School Board Chair Art LeBlanc called the project “very exciting and long overdue,” as the existing athletic complex has fallen into disrepair in recent years.

New Construction

Virginia Commonwealth University to Build New Honors Dorms

Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., recently moved forward with plans to build a new residence hall for honors students.

Awards Program

Spaces4Learning Launches Education Design Showcase 2022

Spaces4Learning is now accepting entries for the Education Design Showcase 2022! The awards program celebrates innovative and practical solutions in planning, design and construction at K–12 and Higher Education institutions both.

New Construction

Arkansas District Begins $140M Renovation, Construction Project

A $140-million renovation and construction project has already begun at three schools within Springdale Public Schools in Springdale, Ark.

Schools In Focus: Talking Campus Security with Mitch McKinley

Podcast

Schools In Focus: Managing Schools and Classrooms to Promote Student Wellness

Our guest today is Bob Dillon, a school designer and consultant with STS Education. He's here to talk about the importance of student wellness during the learning day, from the time students arrive at the bus stop to the final bell.

New Construction

San Francisco Unified School District to Build New Elementary School

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) recently announced that it is partnering with construction company McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and architecture firm DLR Group to build a new elementary school in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco.

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IT Management

Education Leaders Discuss Enabling the Digital-First Campus

Technology can streamline university services and processes and ultimately help advance the institutional mission—when leveraged strategically. Higher education leaders share how they optimize operations, pursue digital efficiencies and foster a culture of continuous improvement.

New Construction

MSU Breaks Ground on Student Activities Center

Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich., recently broke ground on a new student activities center.

New Construction

Uvalde Mayor Says Robb Elementary School to Be Demolished

Mayor Don McLaughlin announced during a Uvalde Council meeting on Tuesday, June 21, that Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, will be demolished in the wake of the shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers, according to national news.

Campus Transportation

Los Angeles District Awards $400M Student Transportation Contract

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) recently announced that it has awarded a $400-million transportation contract with student transportation company Zum.

Campus Safety

NCES Data Report Increases in K–12 School Shootings, Cyberbullying

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently released a report titled “Report on Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2021” indicating a significant rise in both school shootings and cyberbullying activity during the last decade.

Construction Research

Texas A&M Receives Grant to Develop 3D-Printable ‘Hempcrete’ Buildings

Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, recently received a $3.74-million grant to research and develop the ability to 3D-print buildings using concrete made from hemp—or “hempcrete.”

Fort Worth Country Day track field project

Campus Renovations

Texas Private School Breaks Ground on $3.5M Track & Turf Project

Fort Worth Country Day, a college preparatory school in Fort Worth, Texas, recently announced that ground has been broken on a $3.5-million athletics improvement project.

Schools In Focus: Talking Campus Security with Mitch McKinley

Podcast

Schools In Focus: Hacking the Senses to Boost Student Wellness

Today's guests are Kim Montague, Executive Director - research and insights, and Kaelynn Reid, design futurist, both with Kimball International. They're here to talk about the design elements of multi-sensory environments that research and experience have shown to maximize student wellness.

Campus Security

Minnesota Districts Implement SafeWood Designs Bullet-Resistant Products

Local news reports that Minnesota K–12 school districts are reviewing products from SafeWood Designs, which manufactures bullet-resistant products for schools, including doors, wall panels, hardware systems, furniture, and even whiteboards.

Campus Security

Physical Security Companies Form Strategic Partnership

Security shutter and storm protection solutions provider QMI Security Solutions, working with Management and Prospect Partners, recently closed on an investment of Riot Glass, Inc. and Campbell Corporation.

New Construction

Notre Dame Begins Construction on New Residence Hall

The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., recently announced that construction has begun on a new men’s residence hall to be named the East Quad Men’s Residence Hall.

New Construction

UW-River Falls Plans $117M STEM Facility

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, located in River Falls, Wis., is in the final phases of planning construction on a new, $117-million STEM facility.

New Construction

Eastern Michigan University Announces $200M in Campus Housing Projects

Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich., recently announced that it has finalized a plan to invest $200 million in a series of on-campus housing projects.

New Construction

Rhode Island High School Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Facility

Officials gathered on Friday, June 17, to celebrate a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Rogers High School in Newport, R.I. The school’s existing facility opened in 1957 and was “in the worst shape” in comparison to more than 300 schools around the state, according to local news.