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New Construction

Nebraska to Open Boys Town Education Center

The village of Boys Town, Neb., recently announced that the Boys Town Education Center has opened its doors to students in time for the fall 2023 semester, a news release reports. The town is a National Historic Landmark and serves as the headquarters of Boys Town, one of the largest non-profit childcare organizations in the U.S.

New Construction

DFW-Area K–12 District Breaks Ground on New STEAM Academy

Last week, the Waxahachie Independent School District near Dallas, Texas, held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new STEAM school, according to a news release. The Wilemon STEAM Academy will have space for about 800 students in grades K–5 and was designed by VLK Architects.

Campus Audio

Whitman College Aquatic Facility Adopts Atmosphere Audio Control System

Located in the heart of Washington state’s wine country, Whitman College in Walla Walla boasts an impressive academic record and an even more outstanding array of state-of-the-art facilities to attract and retain students and faculty.

New Construction

Longwood University Completes Work on Joan Perry Brock Center

Longwood University in Farmville, Va., recently announced that construction work is complete on the Joan Perry Brock Center, according to a news release. The arena and convocation center measures in at 72,000 square feet, has a seating capacity of 3,020, and will play home to the university’s basketball program.

New Construction

Colorado K–12 District Breaks Ground on New High School

The Boulder Valley School District in Boulder, Colo., recently broke ground on a new facility for New Vista High School, according to local news.

Campus Renovations

San Diego Neighborhood Debuts New TK–12 Campus

Integrated design firm DLR Group recently announced the completion of the Logan Memorial Education Campus in the Logan Heights area of San Diego, Calif., according to a news release.

Healthy Schools

Surviving Extreme Heat in K–12 School Facilities

Extreme heat is becoming more and more of a problem during the early and late weeks of the school year. To prevent hot temperatures and poor air quality from being an issue for K–12 facilities, it’s important for school leaders to be proactive in their preparation.

New Construction

Chaffey College to Build New Library Learning Commons

Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., recently announced a construction initiative that will replace its existing library with a new Library Learning Commons, according to a news release.

Cybersecurity

University of Tulsa Launches Oklahoma Cyber Innovation Institute

The University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Okla., recently announced the launch of the Oklahoma Cyber Innovation Institute, which will focus on research to identify, test, and develop new cyber-workforce and cybersecurity solutions, according to a news release.

Campus Parking

University of Kentucky Introduces UK Parking MobilePay

The University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., recently launched a new service to help the community pay for parking at meters and visitor lots around campus, according to a university news release.



Campus Security

Michigan K–12 District Adopts Gun Detection Solution

Adrian Public Schools in Lenawee County, Mich., recently announced that it has deployed ZeroEyes’ AI gun detection solution to protect students, faculty, and staff against the backdrop of a rise in active shooter events, according to a news release.

Staffing

Wold Architects & Engineers Adds Three to Leadership Team

Wold Architects & Engineers recently announced that it has promoted three of its staff members, according to a news release.

New Construction

University of Southern Maine Opens First On-Campus Dorm

The University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine, recently celebrated the opening of its first on-campus residence hall and a new parking garage, according to local news.

New Construction

Ryan Companies Announces Slate of Charter School Projects Across Southeastern U.S.

Commercial real estate solutions provider Ryan Companies U.S., Inc., recently announced that it has completed four charter schools in the southeastern United States in time for the 2023–24 academic year.

New Construction

Texas K–12 District Debuts Two New Schools for New School Year

The Manor Independent School District in Manor, Texas, recently celebrated two ribbon-cutting ceremonies for two new schools opening just in time for the 2023–24 academic year, according to a news release.

New Construction

University of Alabama at Birmingham Breaks Ground on New Engineering School

The University of Alabama at Birmingham recently announced that it celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for the new home for its School of Engineering, according to a university news release.

Campus Renovations

Minnesota Middle School Begins $24M Renovation, Addition Project

Construction firm Kraus-Anderson recently announced that work has begun on a $24-million renovation project for Central Middle School in White Bear Lake, Minn., according to a news release.

Faculty Housing

Classy Move: Using Excess School Land to Build Faculty Housing

By championing affordable housing development for teachers, school districts can take a major step forward in ensuring the hiring and retention of the best faculty possible.

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.