Industry News

New Construction

Howard University Announces $785M Construction, Renovation Plan

Howard University in Washington, D.C., recently announced plans for a $785-million construction initiative that will involve building three new academic halls and renovating multiple existing structures around campus.

New Construction

Calif. Community College Breaks Ground on STEM Education Facility

The Mt. San Jacinto Community College District recently broke ground on a new STEM Education building for its San Jacinto Campus in San Jacinto, Calif.

Campus Technology

Sharp NEC Display Solutions Debuts New Installation Projector

Projector and display solutions company Sharp NEC Display Solutions recently announced the introduction of a new professional installation projector, the PX2201UL.

Fremont Union High School District District Office and Adult School Building

New Construction

California District Completes District Office, Adult School Building

The Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD) in Sunnyvale, Calif., recently saw the completion of a new District Office and Adult School Building for the district.

Campus Renovations

Transforming a Dormant Computer Lab into an Engaging, Modern Learning Space

One school's plan to give each student a laptop not only eliminated the need for computer labs, but it also freed up physical space in its media center to repurpose a fairly large lab.

Campus Safety

Mental Health, COVID Safety Top Concerns for Higher Ed in the Coming Year

New research finds that, in higher education, student and faculty/staff mental health are high up on the list of safety concerns, although COVID–19 safety measures remain the top concern.

School Safety

COVID No Longer Dominates Concerns in K–12 Schools

New research finds that COVID–19 safety measures are no longer the top concern among K–12 school administrators and staff. While it's still one important issue, the top concern for the coming year is student mental health.

Crisis Communications

Use of Anonymous Reporting Tools Declines in K–12

In a new report about crisis communications, a full quarter (25%) of respondents who work in K–12 reported that their students do not have a means of reporting tips anonymously. This at a time when concerns about violence on campus are dramatically up.

Biola University Bardwell Hall

Campus Renovations

Biola University Dedicates Renovated Building to Art Department

In the fall of 2021, Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. dedicated a completely transformed and remodeled Bardwell Hall as the new home for the visual arts — moving the art department from its former home at the fringes of campus to a vibrant facility right at the core.

New Construction

Providence College Plans $54M Residence Hall

Providence College in Providence, R.I., has developed plans to build a $54-million, six-story residence hall that could potentially open in September 2023.

Policy & Funding

White House Launches Clean Air in Buildings Challenge

The White House launched a new program Thursday, calling on schools, colleges and universities to work to improve indoor air quality. In conjunction with the launch, the Environmental Protection Agency also released new guidelines for best practices for improving indoor air quality and reducing the spread of COVID-19 further.

Kent State University Crawford Hall groundbreaking

New Construction

Kent State Breaks Ground on Business College’s Future Home

Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, recently broke ground on a new facility for the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

Campus Expansion

Iowa High School Breaks Ground on New Music Wing

Keokuk High School in Keokuk, Iowa, recently began construction on a new wing to provide additional space to the fine arts department.

Manor Early College High School Rendering

New Construction

Manor ISD Breaks Ground on New High School

Officials from the Manor Independent School District in Manor, Texas, recently broke ground on a new high school facility. The upcoming Early College High School will cover about 85,000 square feet and provide a “collegiate atmosphere” to a capacity of about 800 students, according to a press release.

Campus Renovation

Fla. Elementary School to Add Middle School Expansion

The Polk County School Board in Davenport, Fla., recently approved funding to expand the campus of Bella Citta Elementary School to add a middle school.

New Construction

High Point University Announces $400M Academic Expansion

Officials at High Point University in High Point, N.C., recently announced a $400-million academic expansion to include four new schools, including a law school. The announcement came on the heels of the university receiving three gifts from three totaling $100 million within the last month.

New Construction

TCU Announces New Medical Campus in Fort Worth

Texas Christian University recently announced that it will be building a new campus for the TCU School of Medicine in the Fort Worth Medical District in Fort Worth, Texas.


Boise State Announces Partnership with Stellar Cyber

Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, recently announced a partnership with Stellar Cyber to adopt a new cybersecurity program for one of its institutes.

Marquette Wellness Recreation Center

New Construction

Marquette University Announces Renovated Wellness and Recreation Facility

Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., recently revealed plans for a major renovation to the Helfaer Tennis Stadium and Recreation Center. The building will be reimagined as the Wellness + Recreation facility, and it will unite the school’s fitness and recreation services with its counseling center and medical clinic under one roof.

Campus Transportation

Zum Debuts Electric School Buses in Two Calif. Districts

Modern student transportation solutions company Zum announced recently that it has deployed its first batch of electric school buses. The six LionC electric school buses, manufactured by Lion Electric, are already serving students in the San Francisco Unified School District and the Oakland Unified School District, according to a press release.

Campus Renovations

Two Montessori Schools to Merge in Lansing, Mich.

Local news reports that the Lansing School District in Lansing, Mich., will be merging its two Montessori schools into one building starting next year.

Menifee Valley Middle School

New Construction

C.W. Driver Completes $38M Middle School Reconstruction

Builder C.W. Driver Companies recently announced the completion of a $38-million reconstruction project for Menifee Valley Middle School in Menifee, Calif. The project involved converting more than 71,000 square feet of the campus into a magnet school for visual and performing arts.

Campus Renovation

Williams College Plans Expansion of Campus Diversity Center

Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., will start construction this summer on a $27.5-million expansion to its campus diversity center.

New Construction

Baylor University Construction Accident Injures Two

During the construction of Baylor University’s new Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center, two workers fell 35 feet after a scaffolding collapse and were taken to the hospital on Wednesday, March 2, in Waco, Texas, according to local authorities.

New Construction

Texas District Awards Construction Contract for New Elementary School

The Friendswood Independent School District in Friendswood, Texas, is ready to begin construction on a new elementary school nearly two years after the original bond was approved. The district’s board of trustees selected Satterfield & Pontikes Construction as the project’s construction manager at its board workshop meeting on Monday, Feb. 28.

Campus Safety

OSU Releases Results of Third-Party Safety Review

The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, recently released the results of an external review of its expanded off-campus safety program.

Campus Amenities

Birchwood Lighting Releases New Acoustic Luminaries, Panels

Birchwood Lighting recently announced the launch of a new set of acoustic luminaries and panels designed for large, open spaces. The BWA250 luminaries and panels are intended to provide both seamless illumination and sound dampening capabilities in environments like open office spaces, common areas and education spaces.

Granada Hills Charter

New Construction

California Charter School Completes $41M Expansion Project

One of the largest public charter schools in the U.S., Granada Hills Charter near Los Angeles, recently announced the completion of a $41-million campus expansion project.

Campus Funding

University of Kentucky Receives $10M Gift Toward New Cancer Center

University of Kentucky HealthCare (U.K. HealthCare) in Lexington, Ky., recently announced that it has received a $10 million gift from Central Bank to go toward expanding patient care at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center.

New Construction

S.C. University Breaks Ground on New Health Science Lab

Private Christian university Columbia International University, located in Columbia, S.C., recently held a groundbreaking and dedication for a new Health Science Lab facility. The 2,200-square-foot space will contain biology and chemistry lab classrooms and is scheduled to open in time for the fall 2022 semester, according to a news release.

K12 classroom cellular reception

Campus Technology

Cel-Fi Increases Safety at Texas School District

An independent, Texas-based school district comprised of 33 educational institutions including elementary, middle, and high schools needed to resolve its cellular reception problems. Staff and students must be able to make 9-1-1 calls on a mobile phone from anywhere within a school campus in the event of an emergency for location accuracy, according to guidelines set by the Safer Buildings Coalition.

Campus Sustainability

Howard University to Develop Five-Year Sustainability Plan

Howard University in Washington, D.C., recently announced that it will be partnering with VEIC and CustomerFirst Renewables to develop a five-year campus Sustainability Plan.

Healthy Schools

CloroxPro Launches Online Commercial Cleaning Education Program

CloroxPro recently announced that it has launched an online learning platform to help educate and train commercial cleaning professionals. CloroxPro HealthyClean is intended to help boost the knowledge and skills of cleaning and maintenance staff as these workers’ responsibilities have skyrocketed during the last two years.

Hanwha Techwin ISC West

Campus Security

Hanwha Techwin to Bring AI Multi-Sensor Camera Line to ISC West

Hanwha Techwin America is getting ready for ISC West 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The IP and analog video surveillance solutions provider will be showcasing its new line of “AI-powered dual channel multi-sensor cameras featuring powerful Deep-Learning based object detection and classification, and license-free video and audio analytics,” according to a news release.

New Construction

Indiana University Approves Design for 11-Story Medical Education Building

The Board of Trustees at Indiana University recently approved the design of a new Medical Education Building for the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. The new facility will stand 11 stories tall, measure in at roughly 326,200 square feet and provide much-needed additional space for the instructional and research needs of various programs.

Education Conference

TCEA Convention & Exposition 2022: Roundup

The TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) Convention & Exposition took place last week from Monday, Feb. 7, to Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. I had the opportunity to drop in on the convention for a day, and the following are some loosely organized thoughts about my experience there.

Campus eSports programs

Campus Amenities

A Community within a Community: How and why schools should start eSports programs

While most teachers and educators are aware of the eSports phenomenon and its ever-expanding popularity, many remain unfamiliar with all the benefits an eSports program can offer to both students and schools themselves. Moreover, some educators looking to introduce eSports programs feel overwhelmed and in the dark about how to get started.

New Construction

Louisiana District Prepares for Three Facilities for Rebuilds

The Lafayette Parish School System in Lafayette, La., announced this week that it has selected construction companies for three rebuilding projects within its district.

Food Service

Texas A&M Dining Hall to Feature Automated Pizza Station

Contract food service management provider Chartwells Higher Education announced this week that it is partnering with food automation company Picnic to provide an automated pizza assembly station to a college campus dining hall.

New Construction

Furman University Plans $70M Residence Hall Renovation Project

Furman University in Greenville, S.C., is gearing up to tackle the largest construction project in its history. Groundbreaking starts this Saturday, Feb. 12, for a comprehensive renovation of South Housing that involves constructing a new residence hall and renovating four others.