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Schools In Focus: Talking Campus Security with Mitch McKinley

Podcast

Schools In Focus: Bringing Learning to the Great Outdoors

On this episode of Schools in Focus, our guest is Brad Pittam, president of the International Play Equipment Manufacturer’s Association, or IPEMA.

New Construction

LSU Health Shreveport, Perkins&Will to Collaborate on Dual Projects

LSU Health Shreveport and the Houston Studio of architecture and design firm Perkins&Will have announced design details about two upcoming projects for the academic medical center located in Shreveport, La.

Jeff Livingston, Spiezle Architectural Group

Staffing

Spiezle Architectural Group Hires New Director of Campus Architecture

Architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, and planning firm Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc., recently announced that Jeff B. Livingston, RA, NCARB will join the firm as its new Director of Campus Architecture.

Campus Renovations

University of Kentucky Names Upcoming Outdoor Development Project

The University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., recently announced that its upcoming Rose Street Development Park Project will be named the Alumni Commons.

Maple River K12 School

New Construction

Southern Minnesota Gains New K–12 School

The Maple River School District in Mapleton, Minn., recently finished construction on a new, $63-million K–12 school. The new facility covers 200,000 square feet and will serve students in the rural communities of Amboy, Good Thunder, Mapleton and Minnesota Lake, according to a news release.

Sustainability

Virginia School District Set to Save $3.1M in Energy, Operating Costs

Fredericksburg City Public Schools in Fredericksburg, Va., recently partnered with facility solutions provider ABM on the creation of an Energy Performance Contracting program. The solution will save the district an estimated $3.1 million in energy and operating costs over the next fifteen years, according to a news release.

Campus Security

Michigan School District Selects Gun-Detection Security Solution

A Michigan school district recently selected an AI-based gun detection platform to combat the recent rise in active shooter events, according to a press release.

Florida Polytechnic University Applied Research Center

New Construction

Florida Polytechnic University Debuts New Applied Research Center

Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Fla., recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new, $47-million Applied Research Center. The facility measures in at more than 90,000 square feet, according to a university news release, and it houses amenities like research and teaching laboratories, student design space, faculty offices and conference rooms, and study spaces.

New Construction

Wisconsin Medical School Breaks Ground on Cancer Research Facility

The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wis., recently broke ground on a 150,000-square-foot cancer research facility that will be the first of its kind in both the city of Milwaukee and in eastern Wisconsin, according to a news release. The MCW Cancer Research Building will centralize the college’s 700 cancer-related researchers and 135 lab spaces currently spread across its campus into a single location.

New Construction

Construction Delays Opening of MSU’s John Goodman Amphitheater

Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., recently announced that the opening of its new John Goodman Amphitheater has been delayed until late October. The project was originally expected to be completed by early summer, in time for the beginning of the 60th season of the university’s Tent Theatre program.



STEM Education

PA District Opens Middle School eSports Arena

Duquesne City School District in Pennsylvania has formally opened an eSports arena on its K–8 campus in the Pittsburgh area. The space, designed for use by middle schoolers, will also double as a computer science/makerspace lab.

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Campus Audio

In Modern Learning Environments, Instructional Audio Isn’t Optional

The secret is out: One of the best ways to boost student achievement is to ensure your students can clearly hear their teacher and classmates.

Campus Technology

OSU Develops College Application Online Toolkit

Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., recently announced that it has launched an online toolkit to help students around the world complete the college application process. The resource, AXS Companion, launched on Sept. 1 and is available free of charge, according to a university news release.

Campus Renovations

Brown University Completes Dining Hall Renovations

Brown University in Providence, R.I., recently completed a $3-million renovation of one of its campus dining facilities, according to university news.

Campus Renovations

Truman State University to Renovate Historic Building into Student Success Center

Construction will begin soon on the campus of Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., to convert a historic building into a Student Success Center. A renovation project was announced in February 2022 with construction scheduled to begin in August. A recent local news story reports that construction is on track and that university officials have been conducting meetings with architects during the summer and into the fall.

Campus Sustainability

Twenty North Carolina Schools Receive Solar Educational Package

Nonprofit organization NC GreenPower recently announced the recipients of its 2022 Solar+ Schools grant program. The program provides K–12 schools across North Carolina with the funds to establish a 5-kW solar energy system on campus, according to a news release.

Valley Christian Student Union

Campus Amenities

What Goes into a Great Student Union Space?

We thought a collegiate-like student union would be a great addition to our high school. Not only would it give students a flexible, collaborative place to come study, mingle and spend time, but it would also set the tone for what they can expect on a college campus.

New Construction

Architecture Firm Celebrates Project Completions for New School Year

VLK Architects recently announced that it has completed a series of projects on a wide variety of K–12 campuses in Texas in time for the new school year.

New Construction

University of Maine Opens New Engineering, Design Center

The University of Maine in Orono, Maine, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new E. James and Eileen P. Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center (Ferland EEDC) on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Campus Amenities

Arizona State University, LACCD Collaborate on Transfer Pathways Program

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) recently announced a partnership with Arizona State University (ASU) to create MyPath2ASU, an online program that provides LACCD students with a method of transferring to the latter school to earn a four-year degree.

New Construction

Construction Delays First Day of Classes at Nebraska Elementary School

Ada Robinson Elementary School in Lincoln, Neb., had its first day of school on Monday, August 29—two weeks later than planned.

Daytona State College Deltona Campus Building 2

New Construction

Daytona State College Deltona Campus Breaks Ground on Second Building

The Daytona State College (DSC) Deltona Campus in Deltona, Fla., recently broke ground on the campus’ second building. Currently known as Building 2, the facility will serve as a multi-disciplinary laboratory and academic space to house classrooms and workforce training labs.

Campus Technology

OptiMA, Inc. Partners with Newline Interactive for Interactive Display Boards

Visual communication solutions provider OptiMA, Inc. recently announced a partnership with Newline Interactive to provide Newline’s interactive display boards through OptiMA’s online store, MyWhiteboards.com, according to a news release.

Roofing

Garland Company Wins Contract from Equalis Group

Roofing and building envelope solutions provider The Garland Company recently announced that it has been awarded a contract from The Cooperative Council of Governments (CCOG), an Equalis Group Lead Agency, according to a news release.

Schools In Focus: Talking Campus Security with Mitch McKinley

Podcast

Schools In Focus: Beyond the Bare Minimum

In this episode of Schools in Focus, we’ll be talking about indoor air quality in schools. Our guests are Mike Wolf, Director of Regulatory Business Development, and Tyler Mancl, Principal Application Engineer, both with Greenheck.

New Construction

University of Rochester to Expand Laser Lab

The University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., recently announced that ground has been broken on a $42-million expansion to its Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

SMCC Science Complex

New Construction

Arizona Community College Readies New Science Complex

Construction is complete on a $13.6-million Science Complex at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Ariz., according to a recent press release. The complex includes the total renovation of two existing buildings and new construction of a 19,000-square-foot Physical and Life Science Building.

Hybrid Learning

Reimagining Learning Environments Through Technology Design in a Hybrid World

As life makes its recovery in a “post-COVID” era, it has inevitably become a hybrid of in-person and virtual interactivity. When budgeting allows, it is critical that learning spaces are designed to become more flexible as technology is now integrated in our lives more than ever.

New Construction

Kentucky District Opens New Elementary School

Bowling Green Independent Schools in Bowling Green, Ky., recently celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new elementary facility, Rich Pond Elementary School.

Weymouth Chapman Middle School

New Construction

New, $163M Middle School to Open in Massachusetts

A new middle school in Weymouth, Mass., is ready to welcome students for the new academic year. Maria Weston Chapman Middle School covers 252,000 square feet and will play home to more than 1,400 students sixth- through eighth-graders, according to a press release.

New Construction

UConn Board of Trustees Approves New Residence Hall

The Board of Trustees for the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., recently approved the construction of a new residence hall in south campus.

New Construction

Failed Inspection Delays Opening of New Elementary School

The grand opening of a new elementary school for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Ky., has been postponed after the facility failed to pass a Louisville Metro government inspection last week, according to a district press release.

Campus Lighting

Brightline Debuts Fluorescent-to-LED Conversion Kit

Video lighting systems solutions provider Brightline recently announced the debut of a retrofit package that lets users upgrade Brightline S1.2 or S1.4 fluorescent studio fixtures to LED fixtures.

Healthy Schools

Modine Launches K–12 IAQ Improvement Campaign

HVAC industry solutions provider Modine Manufacturing Company recently announced a new resource to help K–12 facilities managers monitor their school’s IAQ (indoor air quality) needs.

The Thacher School walk through area with study nook

Evidence-Based Design

Opening the Doors to Evidence-Based Design In Ojai, California

In 2021, the Thacher School, located in Ojai, Calif., opened the doors to its project-based learning hub. The space was designed to support a multidisciplinary learning environment with collaborative common areas and classrooms that provide greater flexibility in their use.

STEM education project-based learning workshop space

Project-Based Learning

Hands-On Learning Spaces: 5 Lessons From Career Tech

The expanding importance of STEM education and project-based learning requires a rethinking of the traditional school planning and design process. A practical way to start is to adopt a broader, non-traditional mindset, especially during a school project’s conceptual phases.

Fountain Inn High School advanced manufacturing space

Building Blueprints

Partnerships to Pipeline: A New Model for High Schools

Many comprehensive high schools around the country integrate career and technical education programs into their curriculum. Advanced manufacturing differs from traditional career and technical education programs in that it focuses specifically on technology and innovation to improve products and processes. Traditionally in school planning, career and technical spaces have been located far away from core academic classes.

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A/V Technology

Transforming Classrooms into Active Learning Environments

Mark Hess, principal at Mary Helen Guest Elementary School in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District in Walled Lake, Mich., recently led the school through a new remodel that included transforming classrooms into active learning environments.

castle inside classroom area

Project-Based Learning

Ohio District Builds $52 Million Campus through Partnerships with Local Community, University

Before being selected as the new superintendent, I was intrigued by their PRIME initiative, which stands for Partnership for Rural Innovative Models of Education. The more I learned, the more I wanted to be part of it. PRIME is the name that was given to an innovative PK–16 approach to education to consolidate our smaller rural schools into a larger PreK–12 school on the Kent State University – Geauga campus. The idea was to create more opportunities for our students while creating a more robust feeder system into the Kent State University system, the Auburn Career Center for technical skills, and University Hospitals for a new healthcare track for high-school students.

School Bus

Transportation

How School Districts Can Use Unprecedented Federal Funding to Transition to Electric Buses

Amid economic concerns like rising gas prices and inflation impacting American communities and resources, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is bringing a bright spot to school districts across the country. The agency recently announced a new $5 billion fund, available immediately, to purchase clean school bus fleets and lessen reliance on diesel fuel.

elementary students using ClassVR

A/V Technology

A Picture Is Worth More Than A Thousand Words

Imagine being transported to the deepest regions of space, or the nucleus of a cell, or the interior of a human heart. Imagine visiting the Great Wall of China, or Victorian-era London, or the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Reading about them is one thing; seeing them all around you is something else entirely. One educational virtual reality solution from Avantis Systems aims to provide students with experiences that they—or anyone—would never be able to see in real life.

The University of Saint Joseph exterior at dusk

Facility Focus

University Of Saint Joseph Expands O'Connell Athletic Center

The University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Conn., engaged JCJ Architecture to renovate and expand the school’s existing O’Connell Athletic Center into a flexible, multi-sport arena and venue to accommodate existing and new university programs.

college students basement apartment living area

Campus Technology

An Escape Room for Building Digital Skills

At Pennsylvania's Northampton Community College, students are engaging with cutting-edge technologies in a basement "apartment" designed to boost digital literacy and job skills.

Editor's Note

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

It’s the dog days of summer, and there’s not a lot going on in the world of education—on the surface.

The Mapleton Arts Center exterior entrance

Theaters/Performing Arts

All The World's A Stage

Given the history of performing arts excellence in Mapleton, the district has committed to investing even more heavily in these programs by planting a legacy performing arts center to serve as a district-wide icon. Named The Mapleton Arts Center (The MAC), the building supports nearly 1,000 students across the district involved in Mapleton’s performing arts programs.

student pulling a gun out of a backpack

Campus Safety

Sitting Ducks Are For Carnivals—Not Schools

What can be done to keep kids safe and make them feel safe while at school? As an administrator, this is the most important question you will ever need to answer. That’s because if the next Uvalde or Parkland or Sandy Hook happens on your watch, you will have to face many more uncomfortable questions, and you may be haunted by excruciating regrets. It all hinges on what you do now.

Jill Ackers VS America

Staffing

VS America Names New Education Director

Furniture solutions company VS America recently announced that it has named Jill Ackers as its new Education Director, responsible for the company’s educational planning and professional development.

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

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.