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Sacred Heart University Martire Family Arena

Campus Amenities

Sacred Heart University Hockey Arena to Install Smart Windows

Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., announced recently that it will install Smart Windows by View, Inc., at its new Martire Family Arena, currently under construction. Designers wanted to include natural light as part of the rink’s design but were worried that the associated heat would melt the ice.

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

EDSpaces 2021

EDSpaces 2021 Roundup: Highlights from Pittsburgh

I spent last week in Pittsburgh, Penn., for the 2021 EDSpaces conference, put on by the Education Market Association. After the COVID-19 pandemic forced the 2020 event into the virtual space, the 2021 event marked the return of the in-person gathering—in style.

Education News

Central Texas A4LE Chapter Selects 2021-2022 President

FGM Architects (FGMA) in Austin, Texas, recently announced that Design Principal Rebecca Richter, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP, RID has been selected as the 2021-2022 President of the A4LE (Association for Learning Environments), Central Texas Chapter.

Schools In Focus: Talking Campus Security with Mitch McKinley


Schools In Focus: Creating Worry-Free Environments in Education

This episode’s guests are Elizabeth Bonner, design director for education and hard surface, and David Dembowitz, senior vice president of sales North America, both with Mohawk Group. We’ll discuss choosing the right flooring solutions and the impact it can have on creating healthier, worry-free spaces throughout the lifecycle of the installation. We’ll touch on topics like creating productive spaces for students & staff, the impact of COVID-19 on cleanliness standards, choosing the right flooring solution, and how to navigate the flooring decision making process. This episode is sponsored by Mohawk Group.

Magnolia Speech School groundbreaking

New Construction

Magnolia Speech School Breaks Ground on New Facility

The Magnolia Speech School in Jackson, Miss., held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Oct. 22, for a new facility. According to a press release, the 30,000-square-foot facility will be designed to accommodate the needs of children with hearing loss and communication disorders.

EDSpaces 2021

Can't-Miss Sessions and Workshops at EDspaces 2021

EDspaces 2021 is fast approaching! This year’s conference is scheduled from Wednesday, Nov. 3, to Friday, Nov. 5, in Pittsburgh, Penn. After the 2020 event shifted to a digital format during the pandemic, this year’s gathering marks the return to an in-person celebration of the educational facilities market.

Campus Sustainability

Winona State University Begins $12.3M Sustainability Project

Winona State University in Winona, Minn., announced this week that it is partnering with construction and energy services firm McKinstry for a $12.3-million sustainability and solar energy project.

Bolin Hall at Midwestern State University

Campus Funding

Midwestern State to Update Science Building with Texas Funding

A Texas university has received nearly $45 million for capital projects from the state. Midwestern State University will use its allocation to update a science building and do infrastructure upgrades across the campus.

Tulane University School of Architecture

Campus Renovations

Tulane School of Architecture Primed for Major Makeover

The 113-year-old building housing the Tulane University School of Architecture will have its façades, structure, stairs and interior spaces restored over the next two years. The work on Richardson Memorial Hall, originally built in 1908, will begin in early spring 2022, with a goal of reopening in fall 2023.

Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Kent State University

New Construction

Kent State to Build New College of Business Admin

Kent State University recently approved construction of a new $74 million, 145,000-square-foot building to house its College of Business Administration. It will be named after the individual who has made the largest donation Kent has ever received.

Fairborz Maseeh Hall

Campus Renovation

Portland State University Brings Outdated Hub into Modern Era

The task: Transform the outdated, fortress-like 1960s Neuberger Hall (currently named Fariborz Maseeh Hall) on the campus of Portland State University in Portland, Ore., into a modern, interactive, light-filled academic hub.

Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park Museum at Rowan University

New Construction

Rowan U to Build $73M Fossil Park Museum

A New Jersey university has just broken ground on the site of a new museum that is intended to explore the ancient natural past of the area while consuming net-zero energy.

New Construction

Silicon Valley Debuts New Elementary School

A new elementary school recently opened in Foster City, Calif., as part of the San Mateo-Foster City School District (SMFCSD). Beach Park Elementary School lies in the Silicon Valley area, about halfway between San Jose and San Francisco, Calif.

Williams Field High School Field House

New Construction

Phoenix-Area High School Gets New Athletics Field House

Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) recently announced the completion of a new, 14,524-square-foot replacement field house on the campus of Williams Field High School (WFHS) in Gilbert, Ariz.

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Bond Funding Produces Thousands of Construction Opportunities

School districts throughout the U.S. are on the verge of letting large construction projects with new funding from citizen-supported bond elections. Some school districts already have secured their funding, and others will ask voters to approve bond packages in November and December.

Armstrong Tectum Create Direct Attach Panels

Campus Amenities

Armstrong Introduces Direct-Attach Ceiling, Wall Panels

Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions recently introduced its Tectum Create! Direct-Attach line of ceiling and wall panels. The textured panels come in a variety of standard and custom designs to add flair and aesthetics to any space.

New Construction

Texas Legislature Approves $100M for Health Sciences Center

The Texas Legislature recently approved $100 million for the construction of a health sciences building on the campus of Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.

Campus Renovations

University of Arizona Breaks Ground on Chem Building Renovations

The University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., broke ground this week on a project involving renovations to its 85-year-old chemistry building and the new construction of a collaborative learning facility.

HPM Manor ISD Partnership

New Construction

HPM Selected as Program Manager for Texas District’s $174M Capital Project

HPM announced recently that it has been chosen as the Program Manager for capital and facility-based projects for the Manor Independent School District (Manor ISD) near Austin, Texas.

Kimball EverySpace

Campus Amenities

Kimball Introduces Modular Workplace Platform

Furniture solutions provider Kimball recently launched a modular workplace platform that adds flexibility to any environment.

Campus Sustainability

Schneider, S.C. District Partner to Push Net Zero Energy Initiative

Schneider Electric recently announced that it is partnering with the Richland County School District One (Richland One) in Columbia, S.C., to help the district meet its goal of Net Zero energy consumption.

ASSA ABLOY Launches Virtual Tour Demonstrating Security Solutions

ASSA ABLOY recently launched a 360° virtual online tour demonstrating access control and security and solutions to help higher education administrators address common challenges.

Three Pillars of Protection Against Active Shooters

A 2013 study from the Department of Homeland Security suggests that only 15% of active assailant events in schools occur outside of the school building. That figure, then, means that 85% of active shooter events in schools occur within the building, once the assailant has made it past external security. In addition to preventing active shooter situations from occurring, it’s just as important to focus on how to manage them and minimize the damage once they’ve already begun.

School Safety Officer Terminated Following Student Death

A school safety officer in Long Beach, Calif., has been fired following an incident that left an 18-year-old mother brain-dead, and the Long Beach Police Department has opened a homicide investigation.

Teen Who Was Suspended Over Mask Mandate Arrested on Trespassing Charges

A 16-year-old student at Laramie High School in Laramie, Wyo., was arrested and led away from her school in handcuffs on Thursday, Oct. 7. Junior Grace Smith said in an interview that she was arrested for trespassing after receiving a suspension for refusing to follow the school’s mask mandate and then refusing to leave school grounds.

Honeywell Cambrian College Energy Agreement

Campus Sustainability

Cambrian College to Save $480K in Energy-Related Upgrades

Ontario-based Cambrian College is moving into the next phase of a long-term agreement with Honeywell and Honeywell Building Technologies to replace aging equipment and update lighting in pursuit of energy savings. The improvements are expected to save the college at least $480,000 within the first year.

Healthy Schools

East Central College HVAC Upgrade Covered by COVID Relief Funds

A $1.4 million HVAC upgrade at Missouri's East Central College, paid for by federal COVID-relief funds, is expected to mitigate the transmission of viruses in several campus buildings. The work was performed by Johnson Controls as part of its "OpenBlue" healthy buildings program.

University Renovations

St. Ambrose University Breaks Ground on $8M Renovation Project

St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, announced a renovation project recently that will transform the 105-year-old LeClaire Hall (the second-oldest building on campus) into the Higgins Hall for Innovation and Human-Centered Design.

Campus Renovations

UC Davis Debuts Renovations to 85-Year-Old Walker Hall

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) in Davis, Calif., recently debuted a nearly total renovation of the 85-year-old Walker Hall. The two-story, north side of the facility will now serve as the campus’ Graduate Center.

Healthy Schools

North Bend School District Chooses Air Purification Provider

The North Bend School District in North Bend, Ore., recently announced that it has chosen Alen as its provider of indoor air quality solutions.

Healthy Schools

Georgia District Installs Disinfection Devices on Buses

The Meriwether County School District in Greenville, Ga., announced this week that its school board has voted to install disinfection devices on buses.

Orange Coast College Language Arts and Social Science Building

New Construction

Orange Coast College Debuts $61.5M Academic Building

Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., recently announced that construction is complete on a new, $61.5-million Language Arts and Social Science Building. The college partnered with C.W. Driver Companies on the facility, which measures in at three stories and 107,760 square feet.

Schools In Focus: Talking Campus Security with Mitch McKinley


Schools In Focus: Creating More Dynamic Learning Environments

Today's guest is Sue Ann Highland. Currently, she's the National Education Strategist for School Specialty, but previously, she served as an educator for more than 25 years as a school and district administrator, a curriculum director, teacher, and more. She's here to talk about how dynamic learning environments can help keep students active and engaged. We'll talk about the six instructional elements that support dynamic learning, the positive and negative impacts of the pandemic, the increased reliance of both students and teachers on the digital landscape, and the general impact of learning environments on a student's educational journey. This episode is sponsored by School Specialty.

Kent State Aeronautics and Engineering Building Atrium

Campus Expansion

Kent State Breaks Ground on Aeronautics and Engineering Building Expansion

Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, recently broke ground on a 44,000-square-foot expansion to its Aeronautics and Engineering Building. The new space will contain amenities like collaborative spaces, teaching and research labs and administrative space.

Fremont High School

Campus Modernization

Fremont High School Debuts Modernized Facilities

Fremont High School, part of the Oakland Unified School District in Oakland, Calif., recently debuted a series of new and modernized facilities to faculty, staff and students.

New Construction

Georgia District Breaks Ground on $118M K–12 Facility

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Thursday, Sept. 30, for a new K–12 Multi-Campus facility for Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools in Garden City, Ga.

Campus Design

4 Tips for Building Modern, Collaborative Learning Spaces

Here’s how one elementary school demolished its nearly 100-year-old building and replaced it with a modern, collaborative learning space.

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How Schools Can Maximize COVID Relief Funds

ESSER and EANS funds are designed to help schools reopen quickly and safely, as well as address the months of significant learning loss by U.S. students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Only now are experts beginning to understand the full scope of learning loss brought on by a year-plus of the pandemic – and initial reports are worrying.

Del Norte K-12 exterior

Del Norte K-12

Project of Distinction Award 2021 Education Design Showcase

Buena Vista Middle/High School exterior

Buena Vista Middle/High School

Project of Distinction Award 2021 Education Design Showcase

Schools Reopen with Federal Dollars

Meeker High School exterior

Meeker High School Addition and Renovation

Project of Distinction Award 2021 Education Design Showcase

One Button Studio Plus interior

One Button Studio+Plus

Honorable Mention Award 2021 Education Design Showcase

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Building Blueprints

New Spaces for a New Era of Learning

Editor's Note

The Slow Return to Normalcy

Santa Monica College exterior

Santa Monica College Student Services Building

Project of Distinction Award 2021 Education Design Showcase

Irma Marsh Middle School exterior

Irma Marsh Middle School

Project of Distinction Award 2021 Education Design Showcase

Indoor Air Quality in Schools Is Necessary

It is a well-known fact that the environment affects human performance, both physically and mentally. This is especially true for students, who are impacted by the quality of air in their learning environment.

A University's Small Change Makes a Big Difference

Mount St. Mary's University installs a solution for slip-and-fall incidents.

Hillside Middle School exterior

Hillside Middle School

Project of Distinction Award 2021 Education Design Showcase