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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.

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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.

New Construction

University of Nebraska at Kearney to Build New Student Housing

The University of Nebraska’s Kearney campus in Kearney, Neb., recently announced plans to expand its student housing options in the form of a new Greek Village, according to a news release.

Daylighting

Kingspan Light + Air, Solatube Form Architectural Solutions Team

Building envelope solutions provider Kingston Light + Air and daylighting company Solatube International recently announced plans to form an Architectural Solutions Team, according to a news release.



Ely Public Schools Renovation Addition

Campus Renovations

Kraus-Anderson Finishes $21.4M, Two-School Renovation Project

Kraus-Anderson in Duluth, Minn., recently announced that it has completed a $21.43-million addition and remodel of two facilities for Ely Public Schools in Ely, Minn.

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New Construction

Finegold Alexander Debuts Design of Rhode-Island Elementary School

Architecture firm Finegold Alexander, based in Boston, Mass., recently released the design for a ground-up rebuild of a 1950s-era elementary school in Cranston, R.I., according to a news release.

Campus Technology

Allegion Announces Integration of Schlage Intelligent Hardware, BadgePass ONE Platform

Security solutions provider Allegion US recently announced the integration of Schlage intelligent hardware with the BadgePass ONE platform, according to a news release. The result is a subscription software package that includes all the hardware and software required to both issue secure ID credentials and manage door access control.

New Construction

Grand Valley State University Adds Esports Center

Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., recently debuted the newest addition to its campus, the Laker Esports Center.

New Construction

NYU to Open New Academic Center in Greenwich Village

New York University in New York City is getting ready to open its newest academic building, the John A. Paulson Center.

HVAC

Greenheck Introduces AER Configurable Condenser Fan

Greenheck, a national supplier of air movement, air control, and air conditioning equipment, recently introduced its new AER direct drive configurable condenser fan, according to a press release.

Sustainability

ABM Offers $3.7M in Energy Savings to Georgia School District

Facility solutions provider ABM recently announced that it will be partnering with the Dooly County School System in Vienna, Ga., to form an Energy Performance Contracting program. The program will save the school district about $3.7 million in energy and operating cost savings over the next 20 years, according to a press release.

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Campus Amenities

Four Tips for Creating Modern, Collaborative Learning Spaces

When building our new facility, we wanted our classrooms and common areas to be very comfortable, safe, and inviting for students. We wanted furniture that promoted that atmosphere and culture.

Events

ALAS to Hold 20th Annual Education Summit

The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) recently announced that it is accepting proposals for presentations at its 20th Annual National ALAS Education Summit. The proposals are due on April 15 for the event that will take place from Oct. 4–7 in San Antonio, Texas.

New Construction

Missouri University Selects Builder for Protoplex Building

Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., recently announced that it has selected the construction manager at risk for its upcoming Protoplex building. PARIC Corp. will spearhead the new facility that will become the anchor of the university’s Manufacturing Technology and Innovation Campus.

New Construction

University of British Columbia Starts Construction on Gateway Building

The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, recently began construction on a new Gateway Building for the campus, according to local news.

New Construction

USC Selects Developer for $300M Health Sciences Campus

The University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., recently announced that it has selected a developer for its new health sciences campus in downtown Columbia.

ESSER Funds HVAC Upgrades

Healthy Schools

How ESSER Funds Can Help with HVAC Upgrades

The importance of HVAC units in schools was brought to the forefront when the COVID-19 pandemic struck in the early parts of 2020. While vaccines became one option for combating the virus, the need for increased ventilation and filtration became an area of focus for many school districts.

New Construction

Midland College Breaks Ground on Pre-K Academy

Midland College in Midland, Texas, recently broke ground on a 60,000-square-foot facility designed to address a shortage of early childhood education centers and a shortage of teachers in the area.

New Construction

STEAM Center Construction at University of St. Thomas Underway

At the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., construction is underway on a new centralized home for STEAM education. The Schoenecker Center will stand five stories and cover more than 130,000 square feet to integrate the school’s art, science, engineering and innovation programs.

New Construction

Penn State Approves Plans for New Liberal Arts Facility

The Board of Trustees at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Penn., recently approved final plans for the construction of a new, $127.7-million liberal arts building.

New Construction

Orange County District to Open 5 New Schools

Orange County Public Schools in Orange County, Fla., will open five new schools in August to accommodate rising enrollment figures, according to a news release.

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Campus Renovations

Construction Firm Completes Two Projects for Manhattan Private Schools

A recent news release reports that construction firm EW Howell Construction Group has completed expansion and renovation projects at two private K–8 schools in Manhattan, N.Y.

Zumbro Education District Special Education Center

New Construction

Minnesota District to Open New Special Education Facility

The Zumbro Education District in Byron, Minn., recently completed construction on a new special education facility for the district. According to a news release, the $16.47-million, 61,031-square-foot space will serve as a combined learning center for three separate program types for at-risk K–12 students.

New Construction

Virginia Commonwealth University to Build New Honors Dorms

Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., recently moved forward with plans to build a new residence hall for honors students.

New Construction

San Francisco Unified School District to Build New Elementary School

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) recently announced that it is partnering with construction company McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and architecture firm DLR Group to build a new elementary school in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco.

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IT Management

Education Leaders Discuss Enabling the Digital-First Campus

Technology can streamline university services and processes and ultimately help advance the institutional mission—when leveraged strategically. Higher education leaders share how they optimize operations, pursue digital efficiencies and foster a culture of continuous improvement.

New Construction

MSU Breaks Ground on Student Activities Center

Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich., recently broke ground on a new student activities center.

New Construction

Uvalde Mayor Says Robb Elementary School to Be Demolished

Mayor Don McLaughlin announced during a Uvalde Council meeting on Tuesday, June 21, that Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, will be demolished in the wake of the shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers, according to national news.

Campus Safety

NCES Data Report Increases in K–12 School Shootings, Cyberbullying

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently released a report titled “Report on Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2021” indicating a significant rise in both school shootings and cyberbullying activity during the last decade.

Campus Transportation

Los Angeles District Awards $400M Student Transportation Contract

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) recently announced that it has awarded a $400-million transportation contract with student transportation company Zum.

HVAC

Iowa High School to Upgrade HVAC System

For the first time ever, the main gymnasium and cafeteria at Fort Dodge Senior High School in Fort Dodge, Iowa, will have air conditioning when the next school year begins this fall.

New Construction

Massachusetts District Begins Work on $66.7M Middle School

Braintree Public Schools in Braintree, Mass., recently announced that construction has begun on a new school facility for the district. The structure will serve as a new home for the existing South Middle School, and it will also be the town’s first new school construction in more than 50 years.

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Campus Design

LPA Design Studios Names New Director of K–12 Practice

Design firm LPA Design Studios recently announced that it has promoted Kate Mraw to the position of Director of K–12. In this new role, Mraw will spearhead the development of the firm’s national education design practice, according to a press release.

Harvard Divinity School Swartz Hall

Campus Renovations

Harvard Divinity School Completes Renovation of Swartz Hall

Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., recently announced that the renovation and expansion project for Swartz Hall has been completed. According to a news release, the 60,000-square-foot renovation and 13,000-square-foot expansion began in May 2019.