Campus Security

The Beauty of Hardened Glass

Glass has long been a favorite material of architects and designers, and there are many good reasons why. Along with the benefits of glass in K–12 design, however, come greater concerns today about its security and safety—especially with the increase in active shootings on school campuses.

Campus Security

Texas Education Agency Sets Security Window Film Mandate

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently announced that all school districts in the state will be required to install security window film on glass doors and windows by August 2023.

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.

EXTECH skylight system

Campus Facilities

EXTECH Provides Skylight System to Calif. Middle School

EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc. has provided skylight systems for the new Spring Hill School middle school campus in Sonoma County, Petaluma, Calif. The campus opened its doors to students for the first time for the 2019-20 school year.

COVID-19 and Schools

In Prep for Re-Entry, Boston Schools Invest in Window Repair, Replacements

Throughout the month of March, Boston Public Schools is expanding the number of students it brings back into classrooms for in-person instruction.

The new Billerica Memorial High School, in the historic town of Billerica (just north of Boston), emphasizes a flexible learning environment and serves as a community resource. Inside, skylights and large windows create an open and bright environment.

New School Construction

Modern HS with Skylights Upgrades Historic Mass. Town

The new Billerica Memorial High School, in the historic town of Billerica (just north of Boston), emphasizes a flexible learning environment and serves as a community resource.

Safe & Secure Schools

Pennsylvania SD Adds Bullet-Resistant Glass to New School Plans

The Wilkes-Barre Area School District approved an upgrade to safety measures for a new high school still under construction.

School Safety

MI Districts Add Vinyl to Windows for Security and Cooling

Two school systems in Michigan are turning to window-sized graphics for safety, security and environmental benefit. Addison Community Schools and Hudson Area Schools have both turned to sign company Insignia Graphics to design, produce and install perforated vinyl on windows in their buildings.

science lab

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

Science on Display

Creative design can solve the conflict between having an open research lab with natural light and views where passersby can see and be excited about the research being done and safeguarding sensitive or proprietary information.

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

The Light Gets In

Draper custom motorized shade system

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Solving Glare and Heat Gain

Safety & Security

Bulletproof Glass

Be careful, assumptions aren't the same as realities.

Dynamic Glass

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Creating Dynamic Spaces with Dynamic Glass

Colorado State University

Impact on Learning

Colorado State University

Transparency in buildings

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

A Sense of Place

Making schools more transparent builds a communal environment.

Trends in Green

Reducing Peak Energy Demand

One cost-effective solution for reducing energy costs provides additional positive results.

University of Scranton

Facility Focus (Science, Research, Stem)

University of Scranton

exterior and interior of campus buildings

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

The Finished Product

Today's options for building exteriors vary widely from traditional brick. An expanded palette of materials offers vivid color and texture choices to architects and designers.

Dry Comfortable Schools

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Keeping Schools Dry And Comfortable

It takes more than bricks, mortar and roofing materials to keep the heat (or cold) in and the rain out. Here's a look at what you need to know.

Window Film 101

Darrell Smith, executive director of the International Window Film Association, speaks with College Planning & Management concerning the uses and benefits of window film for new and existing campus facilities.