Historic Chicopee High School Undergoes Upgrade

By Jessie Fetterling
(07/24/2014)
A groundbreaking ceremony for the roughly $38 million renovation of the old Chicopee High School was held on July 22. The more-than-110-year-old building will undergo significant changes to convert the building into a middle school and bring the antiquated facility up to 21st century standards.

Educational Heritage Shines in New Student Center


(07/24/2014)
North Carolina State University (NC State) was founded in two areas of study: agricultural, earth-based sciences and technology-driven mechanical arts. To honor this twofold heritage, Duda|Paine Architects has designed a new student union that reflects the institution’s dual origins and provides a new cultural hub for students.

Hamilton College Arts Building Prepares for Debut

By Jessie Fetterling
(07/23/2014)
The new 81,000-square-foot Kevin and Karen Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts at Hamilton College in Clinton will open later this summer, with an official dedication scheduled for Oct. 10. The new arts building will consolidate all of the theater, studio arts and digital media departments into one concentrated space.

Overcrowding Audit Highlights Major Problem for NYC Schools


(07/23/2014)
Nearly one in three New York City public schools experienced overcrowding during the 2012 school year, an issue neither documented nor tracked by the city’s Department of Education, according to an audit released by city Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.

Report Highlights School Safety Gains, Losses


(07/09/2014)
The Indicators of School Crime and Safety for 2013 was released in June, highlighting a number of safety and security issues at the nation’s schools. The report is the result of a long-standing collaboration between researchers from the American Institutes for Research, National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics, and is intended to serve as a reference for developing effective programs and policies aimed at violence and school crime prevention.

Harvard Refreshes Anthropology Department Library

By Jessie Fetterling
(07/09/2014)
Harvard students and staff moved into the newly renovated Tozzer Anthropology Building in Cambridge in May, about one and a half years after construction broke ground on the project. The renovated facility replaces the Tozzer Library in an effort to combine the social anthropology and anthropology archaeology programs at the school.

Montgomery College Expands in Life Sciences Field

By Jessie Fetterling
(07/02/2014)
When Montgomery College students come back to the Germantown campus this fall, a new 140,000-square-foot Bioscience Education Center will be waiting for them. as part of a plan to advance the Montgomery County area in the technology and life science industries. The $87.9 million project was supported by the state of Maryland and Montgomery County as part of their goals to advance the area in the technology and life sciences industries.

L.A. City College Recognized for Design Excellence


(07/02/2014)
The new Los Angeles City College (LACC) Student Union has received a 2014 Design Award at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards. Presented by the Los Angeles Business Council, the awards celebrate the region’s new and innovative architectural achievements.

MDC’s Academic Support Center Touts Student-Driven Design

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/25/2014)
The new Academic Support Center at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Kendall Campus received LEED Gold certification last fall after opening for use in January 2013. The facility not only touts two outdoor learning spaces and an inherently green central atrium space, it also serves as a learning tool for students to understand the impact they make on the environment.

DePaul Building Wins Construction Award


(06/25/2014)
The Chicago Building Congress (CBC) and Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) International recently recognized the DePaul University Theatre School in Chicago, Ill. 2014 with a CBC/COAA Owners’ Choice Award.