The Philadelphia school system is currently facing a budget shortfall of roughly $304 million. In October, this intimidating figure prompted two city council members to propose selling advertising space on the district’s buses and facilities as a way to help defray mounting operational costs.
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) debuted its new Center for Arts and Media (CAM) in early November at South City Campus in Salt Lake City. The new 130,000-square-foot center houses SLCC programs, such as journalism, television broadcast production, music technology, and recording and visual arts, for about 9,000 students.
Duke University’s School of Medicine recently announced that the new Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center is the first building to achieve LEED Gold certification on the medical center campus in Durham.
Syracuse University law students and faculty will soon enjoy a new, state-of-the-art facility intended to revolutionize legal education. The 200,000-square-foot Dineen Hall will provide a cohesive teaching, research and learning space bringing the law program to a new level.
As the innovative Brooklyn Prospect Charter School continues to grow, new facilities have been developed to keep pace with expansion and demand. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme school, along with designer Loci Architecture, recently celebrated the opening of several new learning spaces in both BPCS locations.
Plans to equip 650,000 Los Angeles Unified School District students, teachers and principals with iPads, is now delayed. The Los Angeles County School Board continues to disagree on issues such as contracts, web security and curriculum, and has voted to temporarily scale back the iPad initiative.
COFXFOWLE Architects, a joint venture between Los Angeles-based CO Architects and New York-based FXFOWLE, designed a seven-story building for the nursing school at the Columbia University Medical Center campus in New York. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-summer 2014, with a two-year construction schedule that will allow the building to open in September 2016.