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Campus Amenities

University Installs Microphone Array Ceiling Tiles

Michigan Technological University (MTU) in Houghton, Mich., recently announced that it has outfitted two of its on-campus spaces with ClearOne BMA 360 Beamforming Microphone Array Ceiling Tiles.

Marquette University Business School

New Construction

Marquette $60M Business School on Track to Open Dec. 2022

Milwaukee's Marquette University is on track to complete construction of a new, $60-million business school in a year. According to the institution, the facility is the largest donor-funded one in its history.

New Construction

Penn State Unveils New Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building

Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pa., recently celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new academic building on its campus. University officials, students, faculty and staff gathered on Wednesday, Dec. 1, to commemorate the opening of the new Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building.

New Construction

Mississippi College to Convert Former Junior High into Arts Complex

Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., has announced that it will convert a former junior high school facility into a fine arts building. The college acquired the Clinton Junior High School building in 2010.

Education News

A4LE Names President of New England Chapter

Regan Shields Ives, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP, Principal and K–12 Educational studio leader with Finegold Alexander Architects, was recently named the President of the New England chapter of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE).

New Construction

Wisconsin District Completes $35M Middle School

The Burlington Area School District in Burlington, Wis., recently announced that construction is complete on a new middle school. Karcher Middle School covers about 145,000 square feet and has a capacity of more than 700 students grades six through eight.

Learn Live Collection Taking Steps

Campus Amenities

Mohawk Group Expands Popular Carpeting Collection

Flooring solutions company Mohawk Group recently announced that it is expanding its Learn & Live Collection with the addition of Taking Steps, made up of three versatile 24” x 24” modular carpet styles.

New Construction

S.C. District Breaks Ground on New Middle School

Officials from Spartanburg School District Five in Duncan, S.C., gathered recently to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new middle school. The construction work began about four weeks after local voters passed a $295 million bond referendum to meet the needs of rising enrollment in the district’s schools.

New Construction

UNC Charlotte Resumes Construction of New Residence Hall

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte announced recently that construction has restarted on a new, six-story residence hall called Moore Hall. The project was delayed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saint Francis University Sensory Room

Healthy Schools

Saint Francis University Debuts Sensory Room

Saint Francis University in Loretto, Penn., recently debuted a sensory room as space for students with neurodiverse sensory needs. A news release calls Saint Francis one of a “handful of universities” in the U.S. with a specifically dedicated such space.

New Construction

Dallas Christian School Announces Completion of WeCreation Center

St. Philip’s School and Community Center in Dallas, Texas, recently celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly renovated WeCreation Center. The Center, designed by Jeffrey Hill, AIA, Director at SBLM Architects, consists of 3,000 square feet of flexible space available for collaborative nonprofits, business, individuals and more.

LPA new middle school in Northeast Austin

Campus Design

LPA Reveals Design for Austin-Area Middle School

LPA recently released the design for a new middle school in the Austin Independent School District (AISD) in Austin, Texas. The school will serve the northeast part of the city including Mueller, a new urbanist development built on the grounds of the city’s former airport.

Passive House Sierra Grande School

Campus Design

Future-Proofing Educational Facilities: The Passive House Design Solution

High-performing, energy-efficient school facilities can serve a foundational role in uplifting students, staff and the greater community over the long term. The good news is that the solution for some facilities—depending on size, location and available resources—might be born out of the strategic implementation of a concept originating nearly 50 years ago: Passive House.

Cypress College ribbon-cutting ceremony

New Construction

Cypress College Opens Two New Facilities

Cypress College in Cypress, Calif., recently celebrated the grand opening of two new facilities: the Veterans Resource Center and the Science, Engineering and Math (SEM) building.

Professional Education

Kimball International Wins Award from Women in Healthcare

Furnishings company Kimball International recently received the Outstanding Organization Award from Women in Healthcare.

Orbital Reef space station rendering

Campus Research

Arizona State Envisions Office Park in Space

The ultimate coworking space for digital nomads is on the drawing board. Working alongside others, Arizona State University is developing a space station that acts as a business park.

New Construction

Pawtucket Elementary School Celebrates Topping Out Ceremony

Officials gathered recently to celebrate the topping out of a new STEAM elementary school in Pawtucket, R.I.

Lake City Community School

Campus Design

RTA Architects Wins Planning and Design Award from A4LE

Colorado-based architectural and interior design firm RTA Architects announced recently that it has received the LEsolutions Planning and Design Award from the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE).

MiEN Company

Campus Amenities

New Table Design Serves as Multi-Student Workstation with Storage

A Michigan furniture company has introduced a new kind of table for classrooms. The MiEN Company's KIO Tinker table is a 360-degree mobile bookcase that serves as a workstation for up to four students.

Campus Safety

GSU Launches Graduate Certificate Program in Trustworthy AI Systems

Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga., recently launched a Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (Ai) Systems graduate certificate program.

Campus Safety

Vector Launches K–12 Environmental Health, Safety Incident Management System

Vector Solutions, a training and software solutions provider, recently announced the launch of an incident management system for K–12 schools designed to help districts keep track of health and safety incidents, hazards and trends.

Hand Sanitizer Storage Poses Safety Problems

The widespread use of hand sanitizing stations requires educational institutions to keep a bulk supply of hand sanitizing fluid on hand. And finding a location on campus to keep gallons of hand sanitizing fluid has proved to be a logistical challenge from a fire and life safety inspections perspective.

Campus Safety

Balancing Safety and Sustainability to Upgrade School Infrastructure

School infrastructure has faced significant challenges over the past few years. As administrators look forward, they are faced with the difficult challenge of ensuring their building infrastructure encompasses both short-term safety and long-term priorities while instilling public confidence.

SAC Science Lab

Facility Focus

Top 4 Science Lab Design Factors

College science labs are evolving as teaching and learning methods change. This adaptation includes increasing flexibility and the inclusion of both horizontal and vertical learning surfaces. Although student lab workstations are a critical component of any teaching lab, there are other factors that are just as important. O’Connell Robertson recently put these design criteria into practice while working on the new Alamo Colleges District San Antonio College (SAC) Science Lab Building.

Stony Brook University UNITI Multicultural Center

Campus Renovations

Stony Brook University Opens New Cultural Center

Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y., recently celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new-and-improved UNITI Cultural Center.

Sacred Heart University Martire Family Arena

Campus Amenities

Sacred Heart University Hockey Arena to Install Smart Windows

Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., announced recently that it will install Smart Windows by View, Inc., at its new Martire Family Arena, currently under construction. Designers wanted to include natural light as part of the rink’s design but were worried that the associated heat would melt the ice.

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

EDSpaces 2021

EDSpaces 2021 Roundup: Highlights from Pittsburgh

I spent last week in Pittsburgh, Penn., for the 2021 EDSpaces conference, put on by the Education Market Association. After the COVID-19 pandemic forced the 2020 event into the virtual space, the 2021 event marked the return of the in-person gathering—in style.

Education News

Central Texas A4LE Chapter Selects 2021-2022 President

FGM Architects (FGMA) in Austin, Texas, recently announced that Design Principal Rebecca Richter, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP, RID has been selected as the 2021-2022 President of the A4LE (Association for Learning Environments), Central Texas Chapter.

Magnolia Speech School groundbreaking

New Construction

Magnolia Speech School Breaks Ground on New Facility

The Magnolia Speech School in Jackson, Miss., held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Oct. 22, for a new facility. According to a press release, the 30,000-square-foot facility will be designed to accommodate the needs of children with hearing loss and communication disorders.

EDSpaces 2021

Can't-Miss Sessions and Workshops at EDspaces 2021

EDspaces 2021 is fast approaching! This year’s conference is scheduled from Wednesday, Nov. 3, to Friday, Nov. 5, in Pittsburgh, Penn. After the 2020 event shifted to a digital format during the pandemic, this year’s gathering marks the return to an in-person celebration of the educational facilities market.

Campus Sustainability

Winona State University Begins $12.3M Sustainability Project

Winona State University in Winona, Minn., announced this week that it is partnering with construction and energy services firm McKinstry for a $12.3-million sustainability and solar energy project.

Bolin Hall at Midwestern State University

Campus Funding

Midwestern State to Update Science Building with Texas Funding

A Texas university has received nearly $45 million for capital projects from the state. Midwestern State University will use its allocation to update a science building and do infrastructure upgrades across the campus.

Tulane University School of Architecture

Campus Renovations

Tulane School of Architecture Primed for Major Makeover

The 113-year-old building housing the Tulane University School of Architecture will have its façades, structure, stairs and interior spaces restored over the next two years. The work on Richardson Memorial Hall, originally built in 1908, will begin in early spring 2022, with a goal of reopening in fall 2023.

Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Kent State University

New Construction

Kent State to Build New College of Business Admin

Kent State University recently approved construction of a new $74 million, 145,000-square-foot building to house its College of Business Administration. It will be named after the individual who has made the largest donation Kent has ever received.

Fairborz Maseeh Hall

Campus Renovation

Portland State University Brings Outdated Hub into Modern Era

The task: Transform the outdated, fortress-like 1960s Neuberger Hall (currently named Fariborz Maseeh Hall) on the campus of Portland State University in Portland, Ore., into a modern, interactive, light-filled academic hub.

Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park Museum at Rowan University

New Construction

Rowan U to Build $73M Fossil Park Museum

A New Jersey university has just broken ground on the site of a new museum that is intended to explore the ancient natural past of the area while consuming net-zero energy.

New Construction

Silicon Valley Debuts New Elementary School

A new elementary school recently opened in Foster City, Calif., as part of the San Mateo-Foster City School District (SMFCSD). Beach Park Elementary School lies in the Silicon Valley area, about halfway between San Jose and San Francisco, Calif.

Williams Field High School Field House

New Construction

Phoenix-Area High School Gets New Athletics Field House

Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) recently announced the completion of a new, 14,524-square-foot replacement field house on the campus of Williams Field High School (WFHS) in Gilbert, Ariz.

school construction


Bond Funding Produces Thousands of Construction Opportunities

School districts throughout the U.S. are on the verge of letting large construction projects with new funding from citizen-supported bond elections. Some school districts already have secured their funding, and others will ask voters to approve bond packages in November and December.

Armstrong Tectum Create Direct Attach Panels

Campus Amenities

Armstrong Introduces Direct-Attach Ceiling, Wall Panels

Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions recently introduced its Tectum Create! Direct-Attach line of ceiling and wall panels. The textured panels come in a variety of standard and custom designs to add flair and aesthetics to any space.