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Funding

UNT-Frisco Receives $3M Gift to Launch Campus Career Center

The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, recently announced that it has received a $3-million gift that will go toward student scholarships and building out the university’s branch campus—Frisco Landing—in Frisco, Texas.

New Construction

William & Mary Begins 10-Year, $700M Campus Improvement Plan

The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., recently announced that construction has begun on a ten-year project that will lead to the replacement or renovation of 80% of on-campus residences, according to college news.

Campus Technology

Gladewater ISD Selects Smart Board for Ease of Use

If you’re purchasing a smart board for your school, you’re in luck. There are plenty of options out there. However, in my own purchasing experience as director of technology for Gladewater ISD, it came apparent rather quickly what interactive displays features meaningfully made a difference among competing smart boards.

Architects

New Educational Learning Designer Joins DLR Group

Design firm DLR Group recently announced that it has hired a new educational learning designer, according to a news release. Former teacher and K–12 administrator Dr. Tim Shimp will offer his experience from the trenches to help provide high-impact, innovative, and engaging learning environments out of the firm’s Chicago office.

Campus Renovations

Illinois Junior High Plans Expansion into Full Middle School

A junior high school in Illinois recently announced that construction has begun to expand its facility into a full-service, modern middle school, according to a news release.

Awards

Auburn University Culinary Science Center Receives Construction Excellence Award

Program management firm HPM recently announced that one of its recent projects—the Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Science Center at Auburn University—has been recognized by the South Atlantic Chapter of Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) as a 2023 Project Achievement Award winner.

Campus Renovations

Lehigh University Selects Construction Firm for $70M Building Renovation

Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn., recently announced that it has selected a construction and development firm for a $70-million renovation project on campus, according to local news. Skanska will spearhead the redevelopment of Clayton University Center, a two-year project that will involve revamping its facilities while also preserving historic elements and nuances of the building.

Campus Technology

Mesa Community College (MCC) Improves Remote Education with Audio Capture Technologies

Classroom technologies are vital to help today’s educators engage students, provide hybrid learning opportunities and enhance familiarity with new tools commonly deployed in modern work environments.

Campus Technology

Modernizing Vocational Education with Technology

Vocational and career training programs are among the most expensive educational programs to launch and operate. Among those, programs for the skilled trades such as electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and refrigeration have traditionally had the greatest equipment and operational costs, as well as requiring the largest amount of space.

Sustainability

California District’s Solar Portfolio Wins Environment + Energy Leader Award

A 5.67 MW Solar Portfolio by DSD Renewables that is currently in use by the San Bernardino City Unified School District in California recently won the Top Project of the Year Award in the 2023 Environment + Energy Leader Awards program, according to a news release.



New Construction

Georgia District Plans K–12 Complex

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) recently updated the public on the construction of a new K–12 Multi-School Campus in Garden City, Ga., according to local news. The facility will have the capacity for about 2,400 students and will welcome students from Groves High School, Mercer Middle School, and Gould Elementary School.

New Construction

Rhode Island District Breaks Ground on New Elementary School

Cranston Public Schools in Cranston, R.I., recently broke ground on a brand-new building for Gladstone Elementary School, according to a press release. The district partnered with architecture firm Finegold Alexander for the 100,000-square-foot facility that will consolidate two local elementary schools—Gladstone and Arlington Elementary School.

New Construction

University of Delaware Tops Off Newest Academic Building

The University of Delaware in Newark, Del., recently celebrated a “topping off” ceremony for its latest academic building—a 131,000-square-foot facility for the College of Arts and Sciences, currently known as “Building X,” according to local news.

New Construction

St. Louis Community College Construction Projects Continue

St. Louis Community College in Missouri recently celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Center for Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) at its Florissant Valley Campus, according to a college news release. The building will be the campus’ first new addition since 2011.

Construction Funding

University of La Verne Secures $8.5M in State Funding for Construction

The University of La Verne in La Verne, Calif., will receive $8.5 million in state funding to go toward the construction of a new facility for the College of Health and Community Well-Being in Ontario, Calif., according to a news release. The funds were part of Senator Susan Rubio’s 2023–24 budget for District 22 and were approved last week by California Governor Gavin Newsom.

New Construction

Texas K–12 District Selects Program Manager for Bond Program

The Splendora Independent School District near Houston, Texas, recently announced that it has selected a program manager for a series of construction projects approved by voters in 2022 through a $201-million bond, according to a news release.

Sustainability

Net Zero Design for Schools to Combat Rising Energy Costs

Achieving net zero is not an easy feat. The current state of educational institutions is more aptly described as approaching net zero.

New Construction

Kentucky District Delays Start of School Following Construction Delays

The Hopkins County Board of Education in Madisonville, Ky., recently announced that it will push back the start date of the 2023–24 academic year based on construction delays at a new elementary school, according to local news.

Awards

Spaces4Learning Announces 2023 New Product Award Winners

Spaces4Learning has announced the winners of its 2023 New Product Awards!

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Campus Technology

Temple University Hybrid Learning Technology

The Fox School of Business at Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn., recently adopted solutions from ClearOne to provide educators with easy-to-use classroom systems that improve remote learner experiences and usability.

New Construction

Carson-Newman University Starts Construction on Residence Hall

On the campus of Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn., construction on a new residence hall has officially begun. Local news reports that the housing facility, West Campus Commons, marks the largest construction project in university history.

Campus Technology

Florida K–12 District Selects Solution for Student Device Inventory Management

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) in Miami, Fla., recently selected workflow management program Incident IQ as a solution for managing its inventory of student devices and for help-desk ticketing, according to a press release.

Awards

Avantis Education Wins Tech & Learning Best of Show Award at ISTELive 23

Virtual reality technology company Avantis Education has announced that its online platform Eduverse recently won a Tech & Learning Best of Show award at ISTELive 23, according to a news release.

Novara LED Fixture

Campus Amenities

Wenger Launches LED Light Fixture

Music and theater education solutions company Wenger Corporation recently announced the launch of the Novara LED light fixture, according to a news release.

New Construction

Tennessee K–12 District Breaks Ground on New Administrative Building

The Franklin Special School District (FSSD) in Franklin, Tenn., recently announced that construction has begun on a new Central Office Building for the district.

Flooring

Flooring Innovations Offer Eco-Friendly and Durable Options

Renewing and maintaining school floors is friendly on the budget and environment.

Architects

LAN Welcomes New Program Manager

Planning, engineering, and program management services firm LAN recently announced that it has welcomed a new Program Manager to its team.

New Construction

Case Western Reserve University Selects Architect for New Science Building

Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, recently announced that it has selected a designer for a new construction project on campus, according to a news release.

New Construction

Tennessee University Starts Construction on New Engineering Facility

Middle Tennessee State University recently announced that construction of a new Applied Engineering Building has begun on its campus in Murfreesboro, Tenn., according to a news release.

Campus Renovations

Kraus-Anderson Begins $3.5M Addition, Renovation for Minnesota High School

Construction firm Kraus-Anderson recently began a $3.5-million addition and renovation project for Jackson County Central Schools in Jackson, Minn.

New Construction

Texas K–12 District Breaks Ground on Tenth Elementary School

The Waxahachie Independent School District near Dallas, Texas, recently celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for the district’s tenth elementary school, according to a news release.

New Construction

UC San Diego Starts Construction on 2,400-Bed Residential Complex

Local news reports that the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) will soon break ground on the Ridge Walk North Living and Learning Neighborhood, a four-building complex that will provide additional academic and residential facilities.

New Construction

Texas A&M Breaks Ground on New Campus in Fort Worth

The Texas A&M University System recently announced that it has broken ground on the first building of its new urban research campus in Fort Worth, Texas.

New Construction

Laredo ISD Provides Updates on $100M in District Construction Projects

The Board of Trustees for the Laredo Independent School District in Laredo, Texas, recently received updates on a series of district construction projects totaling about $100 million, according to local news.

Sustainability

University of California Signs Wind-Energy Contract

Local news reports that a renewable energy powerline in New Mexico recently received federal approval. The wind farm has already signed contracts with its first two customers—including the University of California, according to the Carlsbad Current Argus.

Construction Funding

Baltimore, Md., to Receive $80M in State Grants for School Construction

Local news reports that Baltimore County in Maryland will receive $80 million in state grants to support school construction projects in progress, according to Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewki.

Campus Renovations

Kraus-Anderson Starts Construction on 3 Schools for Wisconsin K–12 District

Construction management firm Kraus-Anderson recently announced that it has begun a series of renovation and addition projects for three schools in the Grantsburg School District in Grantsburg, Wis., according to a news release.

New Construction

Aurora University Completes Residence Hall for Neurodiverse Students

Aurora University in Aurora, Ill., recently completed construction on a new campus residence hall geared toward students on the autism spectrum, according to a news release.

Campus Renovations

Bryant University Expands Campus with Property Donation

Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., recently announced plans to expand its campus after a real estate donation from nearby Fidelity Investments, according to a news release.

New Construction

Texas K–12 District Opens Natatorium at Local YMCA

The Crowley Independent School District in Fort Worth, Texas, recently celebrated a grand opening for the CISD Natatorium at the Ryan Family YMCA, according to a news release.