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Campus Transportation

Harvard Buys Electric Shuttles

Harvard University has invested in four electric buses, representing nearly a third of its fleet. The vehicles will replace four similarly-sized bio-diesel vehicles already operating on campus. Each of the new buses, from Proterra, is 35 feet long (similar in size to the current buses), has a seating capacity of 29 and runs on a 450-kWh battery.

Returning to In-Person Instruction

Department of Ed to Survey on Status of School Reopenings

The U.S. Department of Education will be running a survey to understand the status of in-person learning at the nation's schools. The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) will oversee the project, dubbed the "NAEP 2021 School Survey." Currently, the agency noted, there isn't enough data to understand the status of school re-opening or how students are learning. The survey is intended to fill that gap.

Funding

Texas School District Bond Refi to Save $16 Million

A Texas school district has refinanced its outstanding bonds, a move that it expects will save nearly $16 million.

New School Construction

Yosemite School Finally Discarding Portables for New Construction

A high school next door to Yosemite National Park will be replacing seven portables that have been in use for "decades" with a new 6,000-square-foot, five-classroom building.

School Construction

CA High School STEM Building Topped Off

A California district has "topped off" its new multi-story, $67 million, 83,000-square-foot STEM school. The Los Alamitos Unified School District has laid the last piece of structural framing at the highest point of the building. The steel beam that was placed included handwritten messages, an American flag and an evergreen tree.

Oregon State to Add Arts and Education Complex

New Campus Construction

Oregon State to Add Arts and Education Complex

Oregon State University in Corvallis will be getting a new Arts and Education facility. The university's board of trustees recently approved construction of the $70 million complex, which will host performing arts classes, programs and performances on the campus in a 500-seat concert hall.

San Antonio College Uses Bond for New Campus Construction

Construction Funding

San Antonio College Uses Bond for New Campus Construction

San Antonio College is funding construction of a new $13 million science building from a $83 million bond approved by county voters in 2017.

Virginia Commonwealth Shows Off New Engineering Research Building — Virtually

Construction Projects

Virginia Commonwealth Shows Off New Engineering Research Building — Virtually

According to the university, the 133,000-square-foot building is intended to support advanced research and economic development initiatives with a design that emphasizes makerspaces, collaborative research facilities and flexible gathering areas.

Pool-Based Saliva Testing Program Coming to K–12

COVID Testing

Pool-Based Saliva Testing Program Coming to K–12

A company that does develops COVID-19 testing management programs for colleges and universities is bringing its services to K-12 schools. CoVerified is working with Mirimus Clinical Labs, which performs saliva pool testing, to launch CoVerifiedPool, a mechanism for testing student populations regularly and affordably.



COVID-19 and Schools

Colorado District Adopts Tech to Reduce Viruses in the Air

A school district near Denver, CO where students have returned to in-person instruction has deployed a technology in its classrooms and common areas with the aim of killing viruses in the air and on surfaces. The deployment was funded by a Safe Schools Reopening Grant, a one-time, $15 million program offered through the Colorado Department of Education in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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Podcast

Schools In Focus: Indoor Air Quality

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Business

Looking Beyond Personnel Reductions for Cost-Cutting Solutions

It will be critical for institutions to look at new ways to generate revenue and reduce expenses that are sustainable and effective. There are several initiatives that institutions can consider or implement in response to the crisis.

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Media Center

5 Tips for Modernizing a K-12 Media Center

Here’s how Midland School District overhauled the media centers and turned them into central activity hubs for the schools.

How Universities Are Doing Laundry for Students With Coronavirus

A company that provides "contactless" on-demand laundry and dry-cleaning services has announced a surge of business from colleges and universities, to address the needs of students who are in quarantine or isolation while living on campus.

Universities Get $7.36M Navy Grant to Study Energy Generation and Storage for Microgrids

Two universities are working together to figure out how to make energy generation, storage and system operation more efficient and reliable, especially in "microgrid" settings.

Scottish College System Adopts Virtual Desktop for Construction Students

A five-campus college in Scotland has distributed a new virtual desktop for its construction students to allow them to work on industry-grade software from home.

Construction

Affordable Housing for Bay Area School Employees Coming in 2022

A $77 million project currently underway will provide affordable housing options for school employees who work for the Alameda school district.

Construction

Nebraska HS Begins Renovations for Industrial Arts Technology Center

The 14,000-square-foot renovation includes a construction science lab, manufacturing lab, automotive lab, art room, and computer science and robotics lab.

Healthy Schools

Pathogen Reduction Technology Now Available for Schools

MeTEOR Education, a company that offers turn-key services for space design, announced it is making medical and industrial-grade Continuous Air & Surface Pathogen Reduction (CASPR) technology available for schools. The technology has been used in hospitals and medical centers for some time but it is now available to schools.

Makerspace

All-Girls High School Expands Makerspace to More Than Four Times Original Size

Saint Joseph Academy expanded its Makerspace innovation lab to 4,800 square feet, more than four times the size of the former makerspace.

Energy

Wesleyan Pipe Conversion Project Anticipates Dramatic Energy Reduction

A $5.8 million sustainability project to convert steam plumbing to hot water plumbing recently completed the first of eight phases at Wesleyan University.

Research

UK Universities to Address Waste in Construction Industry

University researchers will be studying how to reduce waste in the construction industry, thanks to a grant from United Kingdom Research and Innovation, a public body that supports research and knowledge exchange in higher education.

Renderings of the Robert W. Plaster Center for Advanced Manufacturing. Source: Ozarks Technical Community College

New Construction

Southwest Missouri CC Breaks Ground on Advanced Manufacturing Center

A community college in southwest Missouri has just broken ground on a new facility to house advanced manufacturing education programs.

Energy

Georgetown U Buys Into Local Solar

Georgetown University has taken the next step in its commitment to sustainability by committing to obtaining two-thirds of its total electricity consumption directly from "local" solar farms in Maryland and New Jersey.

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PODCAST

Schools In Focus: KSU’s New Multicultural Student Center

Ishita Banerjii, project architect at Hollis + Miller, discusses Kansas State University’s new multicultural student center. The building, dedicated to advance student diversity, features various gathering spaces like dance studios, huddle rooms, and a commercial kitchen.

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Cleaning & Maintenance

Does Your School Maintenance Plan Pass the Test?

Although you set your initial school maintenance plan during the late summer months, now is a good time to evaluate its effectiveness, find opportunities to refine your processes, and make sure you and your teams are doing all you can to safeguard students and staff if and when they enter your doors in person.

Cleaning

3M Announces New Floor Care System

3M’s Commercial Solutions Division launched a new line of products that reduces the labor and product costs associated with routine floor maintenance, according to the company.

Editor's Note

A 2020 Reflection

best school projectors

Best Projectors for Schools

reader survey

Reader Survey

The Ongoing Impact of COVID-19 Policy in Education

COVID-19 has changed and will continue to change every aspect of education in K–12 and higher education for the foreseeable future. We polled our readership to learn of the experiences taking place across the nation and get a glimpse of what's being planned going into the spring 2021 semester and beyond.

school hallway

Interiors

It's All In The Details: Walls, Ceilings and Floors

Contests

APPLY: Schools Can Receive Free Internet Service, Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots for K-12 Students

AT&T, in collaboration with non-profit Connected Nation, launched an online application for the AT&T K-12 Connected Learning Program, which offers free wireless internet service and mobile Wi-Fi hotspots for marginalized students nationwide.

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Cleaning/Maintenance

Studying Up: Preparing for Flu Season

This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses like the flu is more important than ever.

Lab Equipment

Lab Equipment Company Features Ductless Fume Hood

HEMCO, a laboratory equipment manufacturer, released its CleanAire II Ductless Hoods. The hood is designed to meet DH I requirements as defined by SEFA 9.