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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.

Building Blueprints

Using Participatory Design to Create a Student-Centered Library

The school district of Clayton High School prides itself on a commitment to a rich, rigorous academic culture, and wanted to offer its students a state-of-the-art library that reflected those priorities. The question was: What does a 21st-century teenager want out of a library these days, anyway?

New Construction

MSU Reveals Design for Multicultural Center

Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, recently released the design concept for its new Multicultural Center, according to a press release.

New Construction

Chico State University Breaks Ground on Social Sciences Building

California State University, Chico (commonly known as Chico State University) in Chico, Calif., recently began construction on a new building for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, according to a news release.

New Construction

New Hampshire High School Announces $21M Social Studies Wing

Pinkerton Academy High School in Derry, N.H., recently announced plans to build a $21-million replacement social studies wing, according to a news release.

Campus Technology

Pomfret School Adds Metinteractive AV Technology into Auditorium Renovations

Pomfret School, a college preparatory boarding and day school that serves students in grades 9–12 in Pomfret, Conn., recently completed renovations to one of its two auditoriums on campus, according to a news release.

New Construction

Panola College Approves Energy Technology Building Construction

The Board of Trustees at Panola College in Carthage, Texas, recently approved the construction of a new energy building on its campus, according to local news.

Campus Renovations

Howard University Launches $785M Campus Master Plan

Howard University in Washington, D.C., recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for significant renovations to the 109-year-old Myrtilla Miner Building, according to a news release. The renovations mark the first step in a $785-million campus master plan that includes the construction of three new academic buildings and renovations to others by 2026.

New Construction

Long Island University Debuts College of Veterinary Medicine Learning Center

Long Island University recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new College of Veterinary Medicine Learning Center.

New Construction

Kraus-Anderson Completes $122M Career Academy High School

The office of Kraus-Anderson Construction Company in Duluth, Minn., recently announced that construction is complete on the new Rock Ridge Career Academy High School in Virginia, Minn.

Awards Program

Spaces4Learning Launches Education Design Showcase 2023

Spaces4Learning is now accepting entries for the Education Design Showcase 2022! The awards program celebrates innovative and practical solutions in planning, design and construction at K–12 and Higher Education institutions both.

Campus Technology

Cyber Acoustics Brings AV Technology to TCEA 2023

EdTech manufacturer Cyber Acoustics recently displayed its line of AV technology including headsets, webcams, headphones, laptop docking stations, and PC speakers at this year’s TCEA conference in San Antonio, Texas, according to a news release.

New Construction

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Starts Renovations on Two Buildings

On the campus of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, construction will begin soon on a $100-million replacement and renovation project for two campus buildings, according to a news release.

Campus Technology

TCEA 2023: Epson Shows Off New 4K Enhanced PowerLite Laser Projectors

Epson this week announced plans for new higher resolution 4K versions of its PowerLite L Series projectors, which are on display at TCEA 2023 and will be available in March, according to a news release.

Incident IQ Launches iiQ Events Solution and Unveils iiQ Facilities Enhancements

K–12 workflow management platform Incident IQ has unveiled a new event planning solution called iiQ Events, intended to streamline staff and facilities processes leading up to and during school events, according to a news release.

Campus Safety

University of Missouri Receives $2M School Safety Grant

The University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., recently announced that it has received a $2-million grant from the Department of Justice to help K–12 schools around the state identify and avoid threats to student safety, according to a news release.

New Construction

HPM, Texas K–12 District Partner for Six Groundbreakings in 2022

Program management firm HPM recently announced that during the first year of its partnership with the Manor Independent School District near Austin, Texas, ground was broken on six educational facilities during 2022, according to a news release.

Architecture & Design

HMFH Architects Announce Staff Promotions

HMFH Architects, based in Cambridge, Mass., recently announced a series of promotions for staff members Gary Brock, Suni Dillard, and Holly Miller, according to a news release.

Campus Renovations

Niagara University Completes Recreation Center Renovations

Niagara University in Lewiston, N.Y., recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of $11.5 million in upgrades to the Kiernan Recreation Center, according to a news release.

New Construction

Texas University Starts Work on New Recreation Center

Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) recently announced that construction has begun on a new Student Recreation Center, according to a university news release.

New Construction

Nonprofit Releases Renderings for New Uvalde Elementary School

Local news reports that the nonprofit organization planning a new elementary school for Uvalde, Texas, recently released renderings of the new facility. Robb Elementary School, the site of the school shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead in May 2022, is scheduled for demolition, according to local leaders.

FreshAir Smoking Detection System

Healthy Schools

FreshAir Launches Smoking Detection Solution for Education Environments

Sensor solutions company FreshAir recently announced the launch of the FreshAir1 Smoking Detection System, according to a news release. The technology monitors for and detects tobacco and marijuana smoke, and it is geared toward use in school and university buildings.

New Construction

Amherst College to Construct Lyceum

Bruner/Cott Architects recently announced that their latest project at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., is currently under construction.