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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

Podcast

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

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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

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Keys to Comprehensive Health Awareness in Your Building

COVID-19 and many other viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets and aerosols in the air. Studies suggest that emissions from people can span a room and be pulled into air circulation systems in just a few seconds. A strong air-monitoring and air-management strategy can make the difference between a healthy environment and one in which disease easily spreads.

Kreher Agriculture Center exterior

Kreher Agriculture Center

Grand Prize 2021 Education Design Showcase

Discovery High School exterior

Discovery High School

Grand Prize 2021 Education Design Showcase

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It's Everyone's Role To Keep Our Schools Healthy, Safe and Open

Standard hygiene practices, like proper handwashing, are more important than ever.

James L. Capps Middle School exterior

James L. Capps Middle School

Project of Distinction Award 2021 Education Design Showcase

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Facility Focus

Creative Curves Distinguish Both Design And Study At Gonzaga University

The John and Joan Bollier Family Center for Integrated Science and Engineering completes a 270,490-square-foot quadrangle of buildings aiming to enhance interaction between students and faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Buena Vista Middle/High School exterior

Brigadier General Anna Mae Hays Elementary School

Project of Distinction Award 2021 Education Design Showcase

Thomas J. Waters Elementary School exterior

Thomas J. Waters Elementary School, North Annex

Honorable Mention Award 2021 Education Design Showcase

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Campus Amenities

Leviton Lighting Announces Product Line Expansion

Leviton Lighting, a lighting and wireless control solutions company, recently released a series of announcements regarding new and existing products.

New Construction

University of Manitoba Begins Concert Hall Construction

The University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, recently announced that construction has begun on a new performance venue. The 409-seat theater is scheduled to open its doors to the public by fall 2023.

New Construction

UArizona Constructing Flexible Research Spaces for Interdisciplinary Projects

University of Arizona broke ground this week on its new Grand Challenges Research Building, a 115,000-square-foot facility that will house a variety of labs, offices and flexible research spaces.

Higher Ed Facilities

Schneider Electric, UNT Partner to Support Campus Modernization

Schneider Electric recently announced that it will continue its partnership with the University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas, via a new modernization project that will support sustainable research growth at the university’s health research labs. The $10 million project is the third within the last 10 years between the two organizations.

New Construction

Minn. District Consolidates All Students into One Facility

Construction company Kraus-Anderson recently announced the completion of a $30-million elementary school in Pipestone, Minn. The facility is an addition to the district’s existing middle and high school building.

Campus Renovations

Arizona Charter School Debuts Expansion, Renovations

Construction management firm Adolfson & Peterson (AP) and charter school network Candeo Schools announced recently that they have completed an extensive expansion and renovation project on Candeo North Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Sustainability

Mohawk Joins Climate Pledge

Commercial flooring manufacturer Mohawk Group has joined the Climate Pledge, an effort launched by Amazon and Global Optimism with the aim of accelerating climate action above and beyond the goals set out in the Paris Agreement.

Campus Fundraising

UW-Madison Prepares to Build New Computer Science Building

The University of Wisconsin–Madison announced recently that plans are in motion to construct a new building for the School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences. The facility is projected to cost about $225 million and will be funded by private donors, according to a university press release.

HVAC

Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US Announces Platform Upgrade

Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US (METUS), a joint venture between Trane Technologies PLC and Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc., announced recently that it has launched an upgrade for its Building Connect+ platform.

Campus Sustainability

Washington, D.C., Debuts Two Net-Zero-Energy Schools

Design firm Perkins Eastman recently announced the opening of the first two net-zero-energy schools in Washington, D.C. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies for both schools—Banneker Academic High School and West/John Lewis Elementary School—took place in the last week of August.

Camden High School

New Construction

N.J. Opens Rebuilt Camden High School

African-American-owned design firm DIGroup recently joined school officials, faculty and students for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of one of the largest projects in the firm’s history.