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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.

New Construction

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.

New Construction

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.

New Construction

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.

VMA Baldwin School Innovation Center

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.

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.

Walsh PK12 School Rendering

New Construction

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.

New Construction

A&M-Fort Worth Nearly Doubles Construction Budget

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents recently announced its decision to practically double the construction budget of Phase One of the Texas A&M-Fort Worth research campus, from $85 million to $150 million, according to a university news release.

New Construction

ASU Board of Trustees Approves $8M Nursing Building

The Arkansas State University System Board of Trustees recently approved the construction of a new nursing building at its Three Rivers campus in Malvern, Ark.

New Construction

C.W. Driver Starts Construction on New, $54.5M Calif. Elementary School

Builder C.W. Driver Companies recently announced that construction has begun on Elementary School #15 for the Menifee Union School District in Menifee, Calif.

Campus Renovations

Texas District Selects Program Manager for $89.5M Bond

The Crosby Independent School District in Crosby, Texas, recently announced that it has selected Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as program manager for the completion of an $89.5-million school bond that voters approved in 2017, according to a news release.

New Construction

Stanford Begins Construction on New Facility for Graduate School of Education

Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., recently celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for a new home for the university’s Graduate School of Education, according to a university news release.

Rider University Zen Den

Student Wellness

Rider University Creates 'Zen Den' to Foster Student Health and Wellness

According to the Mayo Clinic, up to 44% of college students report having symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns that impact their ability to complete schoolwork.

Transportation

Bechtel to Design, Build Electric School Bus Charging Stations

Engineering, construction, and project management company Bechtel recently announced that it will begin designing and building a series of electric school bus charging stations, according to a news release.

New Construction

Northwestern State University Breaks Ground on New Academic Building

Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., recently celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for a new academic building named after a former university president.

Architecture and Design

DLR Group Announces Staffing Changes

Architecture firm DLR Group recently announced two leadership changes to its Campus Planning Studio, according to a news release.

Campus Safety

False Alarms: The Harmful Impact of School Shooting Swatting and Hoaxes

With gun-related violence in schools continuing to rise, parents, teachers and students are increasingly concerned that these horrifying events could occur close to home. Unfortunately, amidst real school shootings, a new threat is emerging that is proving to be just as dangerous: shooting hoaxes, or “swatting.”

New Construction

California District Breaks Ground on Total Campus Replacement

The West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a total campus replacement project for an elementary school in San Pablo, Calif.

Terra Linda High School Innovation

Classroom Design

3 Adaptable Spaces We’ll See More of in Schools

Learning is untethered, spontaneous, and technology-rich, and schools are reshaping themselves to facilitate nimble and adaptable approaches to education. As we look to the future of schools, here are three flexible spaces we’ll see more of.

New Construction

Jacksonville State University to Break Ground on Three Construction Projects

Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala., recently announced that it will begin construction on three new campus buildings in the coming weeks, according to a university news release.

New Construction

Yale University Announces Series of Projects for Engineering School

Yale University in New Haven, Conn., recently announced a series of building projects to build up its School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS), according to a university news release.

Campus Renovations

Illinois Elementary School Breaks Ground on $6.7M Expansion

Local news reports that Sherrard Elementary School in Sherrard, Ill., recently broke ground on a $6.7-million expansion project.

Allan Hancock College Fine Arts Complex

New Construction

Allan Hancock College Debuts Completed Fine Arts Complex

Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Calif., recently opened its new Fine Arts Complex to the campus community, according to a news release.

Architects

VLK Architects Principal Named to School Safety Group

VLK Architects recently announced that Principal Lauren Brown was recently named a 2023 Co-Chair for the Texas Society of Architects School Safety Work Group, according to a news release.

Campus Safety

Honeywell Debuts Self-Testing Smoke Detector

Fire and life safety solutions provider Honeywell recently announced the launch of a UL-approved, self-testing smoke detector, according to a news release.

Virgin Islands Arthur Richards PreK–8 School

New Construction

U.S. Virgin Islands to Build First New School in Almost 30 Years

Architecture firm DLR Group recently announced that in partnership with the Virgin Islands Department of Education, it held a groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 23 for a new PreK–8 school in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

New Construction

USF Sarasota-Manatee Breaks Ground on First Residence Hall

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Campus, located in Sarasota, Fla., recently broke ground on its first residence hall and student center, according to a university news release.

Campus Renovations

Boston University Finishes Renovations to Health Services Center

Boston University in Boston, Mass., recently partnered with Chapman Construction/Design to renovate its Student Health Services facility with the goal of a LEED-CI Silver certification, according to a news release.

New Construction

Texas School District Breaks Ground on Seventh Elementary School

The Royse City Independent School District in Royse City, Texas, recently broke ground on the district’s seventh elementary school, according to a news release.

New Construction

C.W. Driver Completes $52.5M K–8 School in California

Builder C.W. Driver Companies recently announced that it has completed construction on a $52.5-million K–8 campus in Irvine, Calif. The new Solis Park School campus measures in at 108,000 square feet and is currently welcoming students in grades K–5, according to a news release.

New Construction

Auburn University Completes Construction on Culinary Science Center

Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., recently celebrated the grand opening of the Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center, according to a news release.

Well-Being

Kimball International Launches ‘Creating Places to Belong’ Initiative

Furniture manufacturer Kimball International recently announced the launch of its “Creating Places to Belong” initiative with the goal of making employees feel valued and connected to their workplace, according to a news release.

Funding

N.C. School District Drops 10 Planned Projects During Inflation

Local news reports that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, N.C., has been asked to shelve 10 of 40 construction projects that were planned to put before voters on a 2023 bond referendum.

Campus Security

Texas Education Agency Sets Security Window Film Mandate

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently announced that all school districts in the state will be required to install security window film on glass doors and windows by August 2023.