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Ohio State University Approves Two Major Construction Projects

The Board of Trustees at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, recently approved two major construction projects on education and research facilities, according to local news.

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Houston-Area K–12 District Breaks Ground on New CTE Center

The Brazosport Independent School District in Freeport, Texas, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center at Brazosport High School, according to a news release.

Health and Wellness

Bridging the Online/Offline Gap in Protecting Student Wellbeing

There’s an ongoing battle in America’s K-12 schools, and it’s for the sound mental health of students. Unfortunately, our kids are facing a serious crisis when it comes to their mental health.

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N.D. K–12 District Begins $12.6M Renovation, Addition Project

The Litchville-Marion School District in Marion, N.D., recently began a $12.6-million remodeling and addition project in partnership with construction firm Kraus-Anderson, according to a news release.

Learning Space Design

Designing Learning Spaces for Generation Alpha

Generation Alpha is the class of digital natives born after 2010—currently learning, exploring, and growing in PK–12 environments. What makes them different than past generations of learners? Technology has been ingrained into them as part of their childhoods.

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Auburn University Starts Construction on College of Education Building

Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., recently announced that construction has begun on a new facility for the College of Education, a university news release reports.

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Pennsylvania University to Build New Facility for OT, PT Programs

Misericordia University in Dallas, Penn., recently announced the beginning of a renovation and construction project for its Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physical Therapy (PT) programs, according to university news.

Campus Audio

Listen Up: Creating More Equitable Learning Environments

A simple and tangible step that K–12 leaders can take to support all students more effectively is to make sure students can hear their teachers and their classmates. When students can hear instruction clearly, everyone benefits.

Classroom Design

Every Student Can Be a “Math Person” with the Right Curriculum

Enjoying math is just like enjoying a sport; it works better if you are doing it with other people. And learning math is like learning a sport; you learn by doing it, not by watching somebody else do it.

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Colorado District Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New High School

Pueblo School District 60 in Pueblo, Colo., recently celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its first new high-school facility in about 50 years, according to local news.



Campus Security

The Beauty of Hardened Glass

Glass has long been a favorite material of architects and designers, and there are many good reasons why. Along with the benefits of glass in K–12 design, however, come greater concerns today about its security and safety—especially with the increase in active shootings on school campuses.

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California Elementary School to Break Ground

The Folsom Cordova Unified School District in Folsom, Calif., is set to break ground on its newest elementary school, according to local news.

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HVAC

How ESSER Funds Can Help with HVAC Upgrades

The importance of HVAC units in schools was brought to the forefront when the COVID-19 pandemic struck in the early parts of 2020. The federal government also took notice as they issued approximately $190 billion in COVID relief funds through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER).

Architects

VLK Architects Welcomes New Principal in San Antonio

VLK Architects recently announced the addition of a new Principal to its staff in the San Antonio, Texas, office.

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University of Arkansas Research Facility Reaches Construction Milestone

Construction on the Institute for Integrative & Innovative Research (I3R) on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., recently reached a significant milestone, according to university news.

Awards

Spaces4Learning Launches 2023 New Product Award Program

Spaces4Learning is accepting entries for the 2023 New Product Awards! The final submission deadline is Friday, June 23, 2023.

Campus Safety

Five Considerations for Your Emergency Communications Plan

Communication is the lifeblood of any emergency response. Whatever events are happening and whatever your response is, the information must be communicated to the appropriate people.

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Northwestern College Breaks Ground on New Residence Hall

Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, recently broke ground on a new, all-women’s residence hall, according to local news.

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Alabama Community College Announces New Construction, Renovation Project

The Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) campus in Phil Campbell, Ala., recently announced a $30-million construction and renovation project during a town hall community meeting, according to a news release.

Campus Design

Designing for Neurodiversity: Leveraging Research to Create Spaces for All Learners

Interior design is often considered an art, but it’s also very much a science—especially when it comes to designing for neurodiverse populations.

New Construction

VLK Architects Tops Out New High School for Fort-Worth School District

The Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District near Fort Worth, Texas, recently celebrated a topping out ceremony for its new high school alongside project partners VLK Architects and Core Construction, according to a news release.

Classroom Design

Aligning Learning Space Design with 5 NAEYC Program Standards

When designing early childhood learning environments, it’s important to consider research, development, and the input of experts and educators to determine what is important to help children thrive in these learning spaces. The NAEYC standards are a great foundation to guide the decisions you make in your learning space design in order to support students’ learning and development.

Campus Renovations

Clemson University to Renovate Auditorium

Local news reports that the Board of Trustees at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., recently approved renovations to Tillman Hall Auditorium which will begin later this year.

Classroom Furniture

OM Offers Variety of Furniture Solutions

OM Seating, based in Ontario, Calif., recently announced a variety of educational seating solutions via a press release.

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Perkins Eastman Tops Out Net Zero Energy High-School Building

Architecture firm Perkins Eastman recently participated in a topping out ceremony for the new facility for Alexandria City High School at its Minnie Howard Campus in Alexandria, Va., according to a news release.

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Leander ISD Breaks Ground on New Elementary School

The Leander Independent School District near Austin, Texas, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new elementary school, according to a district news release.

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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to Build New Student Housing

The Board of Regents for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa recently approved the construction of a new student housing facility on campus, according to a university news release.

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UT-Tyler Breaks Ground on Medical Education Building

The University of Texas at Tyler in Tyler, Texas, recently broke ground on a new Medical Education Building, the UT System’s seventh medical school and the first in Northeast Texas, according to a news release.

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Texas K–12 District Tops Out Agricultural Sciences Complex

The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District in Pecos, Texas, recently celebrated a topping out ceremony for its new Agricultural Sciences Complex, according to a news release.

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Duval County Public Schools Breaks Ground on New Middle School

Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Fla., recently celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for a new middle school, according to a news release.

Campus Security

Florida K–12 District Expands Implementation of Gun Detection Platform

The Hernando County School District in Brooksville, Fla., recently announced that after a yearlong implementation period, it will be expanding its deployment of the ZeroEyes gun detection video analytics platform, according to a news release.

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Uvalde School District Approves Plans for New Elementary School

The school board for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District in Uvalde, Texas, recently approved the design of a new elementary school to replace Robb Elementary, according to local news.

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Calif. High School Debuts New Competition-Sized Gym

San Rafael City Schools (SRCS) in San Rafael, Calif., recently celebrated the grand opening of a new competition-sized gymnasium at Terra Linda High School, according to a news release.

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OSU to Start Construction on Central Market Place

Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., recently announced that construction will soon begin on a new campus dining facility.

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University of Illinois Breaks Ground on $105M Business School

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Ill., recently broke ground on a new facility for the Gies College of Business, according to local news.

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Eastern Michigan University to Start Construction on New Arts Complex

Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich., will soon begin construction on a new $7.5-million arts complex, according to a university news release.

Classroom Furniture

KI Announces Winners of K–12 Classroom Furniture Giveaway

Furniture provider KI recently announced the winners of its first-ever K–12 classroom furniture giveaway, according to a press release.

Campus Technology

LINQ Launches K–12 Business Operations Platform

K–12 district business solutions provider LINQ recently announced the launch of a comprehensive platform to help districts manage business operations, according to a news release.

New Construction

Elgin ISD Breaks Ground on New Elementary School

The Elgin Independent School District in Elgin, Texas, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new elementary school.

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Texas High School Breaks Ground on New CTE and Science Wing

The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District in Pecos, Texas, recently broke ground on a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Science Wing at Pecos High School, according to a news release.

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San Francisco State University Starts Work on New Residence Hall

San Francisco State University in San Francisco, Calif., recently broke ground on a new first-year residence hall to help provide affordable housing to students, according to a news release.

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Orange Coast College Breaks Ground on New Chemistry Building

Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., recently announced that it has broken ground on a new, $32.5-million Chemistry Building, according to a news release.

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Campus Renovations

VMA Completes Baldwin School Innovation Center Adaptive Reuse Project

Voith and Mactavish Architects recently announced the completion of an adaptive reuse project at The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Penn.

Campus Renovations

Kraus-Anderson Takes on $21M Renovation Project for Wisconsin K–12 District

Construction management firm Kraus-Anderson recently began a $21-million renovation project for a Wisconsin school district, according to a news release.

Safety and Security

PASS Releases Update to Safety and Security Guidelines

The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) recently released a series of updates to its K–12 safety and security guidelines, according to the organization’s website.

Architects

DLR Group Names New Higher Education Leader

Architecture firm DLR Group recently named a new Higher Education Leader for the Southwest region.

Events

Society for College and University Planning Announces 2023 Conference

The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) recently announced the launch of the North Central 2023 Regional Conference, scheduled from Oct. 16–18 in St. Louis, Mo., according to a news release.

Facility Focus

Achieving Sustainability Through Historic Preservation at Washington University in St. Louis

Constructed in 1922 to house the School of Law, January Hall is a three-story granite and limestone building that helped shape the identity of the Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis. While iconic, it was inefficient and did not meet the university’s accessibility or sustainability standards.

Campus Renovations

California Private School Debuts Renovated Library

Santa Catalina School, a private school in Monterey, Calif., recently debuted the complete interior renovation of the campus’ Sister Mary Kieran Library, according to a news release.

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Colorado District Breaks Ground on New PreK–12 School

The Walsh School District in Walsh, Colo., held a groundbreaking ceremony last week to celebrate the beginning of construction on a new PreK–12 school, according to a news release.