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Sustainability

D.C. Elementary School Achieves Double Platinum Certification

John Lewis Elementary School in Washington, D.C., recently became the first school in the award to be awarded both WELL and LEED certifications at the platinum level, according to a news release. As part of a three-step sustainability approach, the school is also aiming to become the first school in D.C. to achieve Net Zero Energy (NZE).

New Construction

Massachusetts Day School Prepares for $11M Campus Addition Project

The Wheeler School, an independent college preparatory school in Seekonk, Mass., recently announced a series of capital projects in development that are set to begin construction this spring. MassDevelopment & Berkshire Bank issued an $11-million bond that will go toward an eight-lane pool; an outdoor splash pad; a restroom, dressing room, and storage building; and a new two-story early learning center, according to a news release.

water conservation

Green Buildings

CSU Dominguez Hills Honored for Water Conservation Project

California State University, Dominguez Hills is one of four organizations to receive a One Water Award from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for major improvements to water management operations in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego counties.

Campus Technology

Arizona State University, Biamp Partner for Hybrid Learning Technology Upgrades

The Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University in downtown Phoenix, Ariz., recently announced a partnership with audiovisual solutions provider Biamp to update technology in 140 classrooms, lecture halls, and collaboration spaces across its campus, according to a news release.

Campus Amenities

Encore Adds Wood Frame Option to Seating Collection

Seating and table solutions provider Encore recently announced the expansion of its Mayland seating collection to include wood frame options, according to a news release. The collection’s guest and lounge models were intended for use in higher-education, healthcare, corporate, and hospitality environments.

Healthy Schools

Proper IAQ Solutions Improve Air for Students with Allergies and Asthma

Clean air in schools is not only essential for addressing respiratory concerns but also has broader benefits for overall health and learning. The American Lung Association emphasizes that healthier indoor air can benefit both students and staff. A clean and well-ventilated environment supports cognitive function, concentration and the general well-being of everyone in the school community.

New Construction

Alabama K–12 District Breaks Ground on New High School

Gulf Shores City Schools in Gulf Shores, Ala., recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Gulf Shores High School, according to a news release. The facility will cover 287,000 square feet and has a scheduled opening date of fall 2026.

New Construction

Roanoke College Breaks Ground on New Science Center

Roanoke College in Salem, Va., recently broke ground on the first phase of a new Science Center, according to a college news release. The three-phase project will transform three buildings on campus into a new STEM hub for academics and research. The first phase of construction entails the demolition of a 1970s-era auditorium building to make room for a $30-million academic building.

New Construction

Florida A&M University Breaks Ground on New Residence Hall

Florida A&M University recently broke ground on a new, 700-bed residence hall for its campus in Tallahassee, Fla., according to local news. The dorm for upperclassmen is scheduled to open by fall 2025 and will bring the total capacity of beds on campus to over 4,000. The goal of the project is to provide more housing opportunities to FAMU students while offering an alternative to rising off-campus housing costs.

Campus Renovations

Florida Elementary School Undergoes $5M Renovation Project

Fruitland Park Elementary School in Fruitland Park, Fla., recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a $5-million facilities upgrade project, according to a news release. The district partnered with D&A Construction Group, designer Schenkel & Shultz, civil engineer Klima Weeks, and Matern Professional Engineering to upgrade the school with modern technology and improved efficiencies.



Staffing

K–12 Architecture and Design Firm Appoints New CEO

Texas-based architectural planning and design firm PBK recently announced that it has found a new CEO in Eric Dinges, according to a news release. PBK Founder and Executive Chairman Dan Boggio will remain with the firm in an advisory role and continue to serve on its board of directors.

New Construction

Prairie View A&M University Debuts New Academic Building

Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, recently opened a new, three-story Engineering Classroom and Research Building (EnCARB), according to a news release. The 106,000-square-foot facility provides academic, research, and technical space for the university’s Roy G. Perry College of Engineering.

Cleaning & Maintenance

APM Steam Provides Heat Exchanger Assessment, Testing Services for Higher Education Facilities

APM Steam recently released a press release emphasizing its Heat Exchanger Assessment and Testing Services for the maintenance of steam systems at colleges and universities. The comprehensive exam is intended to enhance energy efficiency, operational integrity, and safety in facility steam systems.

Awards

School Specialty Launches $50,000 K–12 School Makeover Sweepstakes

Comprehensive K–12 learning environment solutions provider School Specialty recently launched its first-ever $50,000 School Makeover Sweepstakes, according to a news release. One grand-prize winner will receive a school makeover, while ten first-prize winners will get professional development packages worth up to $6,500.

Awards

Spaces4Learning Announces Results of 2024 Readers’ Choice Awards

You voted, we tallied! Spaces4Learning is proud to announce the results of the 2024 Readers’ Choice Award program. The program allows our audience to honor the best product development achievements of manufacturers and suppliers whose products and services are noteworthy in K–12 and higher-education environments.

Maintenance & Operations

TAMIU Partners with Greystar for Residence Hall Management

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) in Laredo, Texas, recently announced a partnership with Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC, for Greystar to manage its Office of Housing and Residence Life, according to a news release. Greystar will take over the operations for the university’s two student housing communities, University Village and the Residential Learning Community.

Campus Renovations

Colburn School in Los Angeles Breaks Ground on Campus Expansion

The Colburn School in Los Angeles, Calif., recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 100,000-square-foot expansion designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, according to a news release. The Colburn School is a music and dance education and performance institute that offers services to people of all ages, from 7-month-olds to adults.

Construction Brief

Spaces4Learning Launches 2024 Facilities and Construction Brief Survey

Spaces4Learning recently launched its 2024 Facilities and Construction Brief Survey, an annual report on the previous year’s construction projects at K–12 and higher education institutions nationwide. The data gathered is essential to creating an accurate industry report that offers a snapshot of current trends in school facilities with minimal time commitment.

Campus Amenities

Zurn Elkay Water Solutions Launches Bottle Filling Station with Smart Capabilities

Zurn Elkay Water Solutions recently announced the launch of Smart Filling Bottle Stations, the latest addition to its ezH20 Bottle Filling Station line of products. In addition to providing fresh and filtered water, the units allow facility managers to track a variety of use statistics across each one.

Campus Renovations

Skanska USA Completes Two K–12 Projects for Florida School District

Construction and development firm Skanska USA recently announced that it has completed two projects for Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Fla., according to a news release. The projects include a $47-million campus conversion at Collins PK–8 School and a $12-million upgrade to the athletic complex at Chamberlain High School.

New Construction

Texas K–12 District Breaks Ground on New Elementary School

The Elgin Independent School District in Elgin, Texas, recently celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for a new district elementary school, according to a news release. Trinity Ranch Elementary will serve about 800 students in grades PreK–5 and has an estimated completion date of August 2025.

Campus Operations

Marist College Selects DLR Group to Design New Campus Master Plan

Integrated design firm DLR Group recently announced that it will partner with Marist College to design a new campus-wide master plan for its campus in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., according to a news release. The plan will serve as a blueprint for the Marist 100 initiative, a strategic plan that aligns with the college’s centennial celebration in 2029.

New Construction

Texas A&M University-Central Texas Breaks Ground on New Operational Facility

Texas A&M University-Central Texas (TAMUCT) recently broke ground on a new operational facility for its campus in Killeen, Texas, according to a news release. The Centralized Operational Reliability and Efficiency (CORE) facility will measure in at 36,000 square feet, will cost an estimated $50 million, and has an estimated completion date of spring 2026.

New Construction

NC State Completes Phase 4 of New Greek Housing Area

North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., recently announced the completion of three new residential facilities in its new Greek Village, according to a news release. They add a capacity of 279 beds and about 100,000 square feet of living space across three different models. The university partnered with a design team from KWK Architects/Jenkins • Peer Architects on the project.

Campus Renovations

University of Kentucky Starts Renovations on 120-Year-Old Facility

The University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., recently launched a renovation project to restore the historic Scovell Hall, originally built in 1903. The comprehensive rebuild has an estimated completion date of 2026 and will preserve the structure’s north and west entrances. The new facility will cover about 92,000 square feet and play home to administrative services for the university’s Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE), according to a news release.

Campus Spending

Gordian Report: Investments in Higher Education Facilities Up 26%

Data-driven solutions provider Gordian recently released its latest State of Facilities in Higher Education report, which revealed that higher-education institutions ramped up their reinvestment in facilities by more than 26% year-over-year during 2023, according to a news release.

Staffing

Construction Services Firm Hires New Senior Project Manager

KAI 360 Construction Services recently announced that it has hired a new Senior Project Manager for its office in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, according to a news release. Wenguel Yohannes, AIA, NOMA, will oversee building design and construction program management initiatives across the lifespan of a project while maintaining both high-quality standards and client satisfaction.

New Construction

Massachusetts Elementary School Enters Final Stage of Construction

Studio G Architects recently announced that a new elementary school in Groton, Mass., has reached the final stage of construction. Florence Roche Elementary School (FRES) will cover about 110,000 square feet and was designed to embody the district’s educational pedagogy of Universal Design for Learning.

Staffing

HMC Architects Appoints Three New Higher Education Leaders

HMC Architects recently announced the appointment of three new higher education leaders for its practice in California, according to a news release. James Sink, AIA, LEED AP, DBIA will serve as the firm’s new higher education practice leader, while Christina Mannion and Eric Skiba will serve as Principals-in-Charge.

Campus Technology

Austin Peay State University Debuts New EdTech Studio

Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 11 to celebrate the opening of a new EdTech Studio on its campus. The space within the Eriksson College of Education will offer technological training for pre-service teachers through the use of virtual reality.

New Construction

Georgia Tech Breaks Ground on High-Tech Athlete Performance Center

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) recently broke ground on a new athletic center for its campus in Atlanta, Ga., according to a news release. The Thomas A. Fanning Student-Athlete Performance Center will measure in at 100,000 square feet and include facilities for strength and conditioning, sports medicine, mental health services, nutrition, and meeting and office space.

Campus Amenities

Workplace Solutions Company Receives Cooperative Purchasing Contract

Workplace solutions company Fellowes recently announced that it has been awarded a cooperative purchasing agreement with government organization Sourcewell. A news release reports that Fellowes was presented with the contract in the “Furniture Solutions with Related Accessories and Services” category after a rigorous submission process that resulted in contracts meeting or exceeding local procurement requirements.

Campus Technology

Arkansas K–12 District to Upgrade Digital Scoreboards

Springdale Public Schools in Springdale, Ark., recently announced a new partnership that will bring seven new digital displays to the district. Digital Scoreboards will provide six outdoor displays and one indoor display to upgrade both athletic experiences and educational opportunities for students, according to a news release.

Campus Funding

Boston Montessori School to Purchase New Building

The Kingsley Montessori School in Boston, Mass., will soon purchase a new building with the help of a $25-million, tax-exempt bond from MassDevelopment & Rockland Trust, according to a news release. The school has leased the space located at 26 Exeter Street since 2005, which currently plays home to the Kindergarten Entry and Elementary programs.

Classroom Furniture

Whitney Brothers Launches Play Vehicle for Young Learners

Children’s furniture manufacturer Whitney Brothers recently announced the release of a new play vehicle for young children. The Imagination Truck can be reconfigured as a food truck, an ice cream van, a mail delivery truck, and more to provide options for imaginative role play, according to a news release.

Maintenance & Operations

APM Steam to Offer Steam Trap Surveys to Colleges and Universities

American Plant Maintenance (APM Steam) recently announced the launch of steam trap survey services, which a news release reports can document the operational status of and provide repair recommendations for steam traps in a facility’s steam system. The survey can increase operational integrity, energy efficiency, and safety in a steam distribution system.

New Construction

Fullerton College Breaks Ground on Two New Buildings

Fullerton College in Fullerton, Calif., recently announced that it has broken ground on two new buildings for its campus, according to a news release. The Maintenance and Operations Building and the Chapman Newell Instructional Building will cover a combined total of 29,713 square feet. The college is partnering with Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects for the project’s design and BNBuilders for its construction.

Campus Renovations

California Junior High School Completes Conversion to Middle School

The Fremont Unified School District in Fremont, California, recently finished a multi-phase conversion to Thornton Middle School that will increase the school’s student population by almost 50 percent with the addition of sixth-grade students, according to a news release. The district partnered with Quattrocchi Kwok Architects and Blach Construction for the project that totaled 45,000 square feet of new construction and 57,000 square feet of renovation and modernization.

Healthy Schools

Two Illinois Public Schools Gain Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Systems

IAQ monitoring systems solutions provider Attune and the Illinois Chapter of ASHRAE recently partnered to provide new equipment to two K–12 public schools in Western Springs, Ill. Forest Hills Elementary School and McClure Junior High received Attune IAQ monitoring systems as part of an ASHRAE sustainability research project that began in February 2024.

Sustainability

California K–12 District Debuts 17.5-MW Solar Energy, Storage Portfolio

The Fresno Unified School District in Fresno, Calif., recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new 17.5-MW, district-wide solar energy and storage portfolio, according to a news release. The district partnered with ForeFront Power, a developer and asset manager of large-scale solar energy projects, to develop the project.