St. Johns County’s Newest K–8 Schools Help with Wayfinding

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/21/2014)
Several students in St. Johns County started school on Aug. 18 in new K–8 schools: Patriot Oaks Academy and Valley Ridge Academy. Construction began early last year on both schools, which together cost more than $21 million.

Renovation Breathes New Life into Methuen School


(08/21/2014)
Not long ago, the future of Massachusetts’ Methuen High School was in jeopardy. Although the school’s original 1970s-era building was well designed and solidly built, the antiquated open classroom design did not provide an optimal learning environment.

Central Oregon Community College Enhances Tech Programs

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/20/2014)
Students returning to the Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Redmond Campus this fall can expect the latest in technology with the grand opening of the Redmond Technology Education Center on Sept. 16. The 34,000-square-foot building houses technology-centered programs that will help students gain skill sets required in today’s tech world.

ASU Names Stadium Design, Construction Team


(08/20/2014)
On August 7, Arizona State University announced the architecture and construction firms that will help bring the new Sun Devil Stadium to fruition. The $162-million project will include numerous partners, as well as a complete reconstruction of the lower stadium bowl, and new concessions, restrooms and luxury suites.

Virginia Study Highlights School Safety Perceptions


(08/13/2014)
A report released by the University of Virginia Curry School of Education shows a majority of Virginia high school students feel both safe and supported in their schools. The Virginia Secondary School Climate Survey, developed by a team of researchers led by professor Dewey Cornell Ph.D., was administered to 48,027 students in grades nine through 12, as well as 13,455 teachers.

Perkins+Will Earns Accolades for FIU Science Complex Design

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/13/2014)
Opened in March 2013, the Florida International University (FIU) Science Classroom Complex has since received accolades for its sustainable design. The latest: It was one of two education projects designed by Miami-based Perkins+Will to be honored by the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects at the 2014 AIA Florida Honor & Design Awards in July. The other was the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Research Building.

Florida Firm Designs 21st Century Schools


(08/06/2014)
SchenkelShultz Architecture, is helping the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) build 21st century schools for 21st century learners. The Florida-based firm is currently designing more than 1.5 million square feet of high performance, 21st Century Schools for the DoDEA in both the United States and Europe, helping the department to modernize its sprawling educational infrastructure.

Blending the Lines: New Views on Indoor and Outdoor Learning Spaces

By James Matson, AIA
(08/06/2014)
Traditionally, higher education has focused on a lecture format, with the professor standing in front of a class of students. While the lecture hall format still exists, the higher education model is evolving into a more dynamic, interactive experience as colleges reimagine their approach to classroom learning amid evolving student needs and changing communication technology.

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.