Student-Housing Project to Fill Void for Pittsburgh Universities


(08/18/2016)
Construction began Aug. 2 on a student-housing community that will serve the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), both of which are located in Pittsburgh. The building is expected to house a mix of both graduate and undergraduate students from both universities.
 

Choosing the Right Education Technology to Support Active Learning

By Chad Lewis
(08/18/2016)
Providing students with a 21st century education and fostering skills like collaboration and critical thinking is causing a shift away from the traditional classroom. This change includes not only designing the physical layout of the space to maximize student engagement and learning, but it also encompasses choosing educational technology that seamlessly aids in enhancing teacher instruction.
 

2016 Project to Watch: Innovate ABQ Campus

By Lindsey Coulter
(08/16/2016)
University of New Mexico Albuquerque officials and local leaders broke ground July 12 on what will eventually be the 160,000-square-foot, six-story Lobo Rainforest Building. The groundbreaking marks the beginning of Phase I of the four-phase, seven-acre InnovateABQ campus project, envisioned to be a multi-dimensional, integrated work, live and play community.
 

Missouri State’s $123 Million in Construction Projects on Track


(08/16/2016)
Missouri State University’s (MSU) main Springfield campus is in various planning, design and construction phases for $123 million worth of construction projects. Several smaller projects will wrap up in time for the start of fall classes next week, while some larger projects have yet to break ground.
 

A Harmonious Blend: Santa Maria Joint High School Transforms

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/09/2016)
Like most school districts across the nation, the Santa Maria Joint High School District wanted to bring its high school up to 21st century standards — not only to provide a contemporary learning environment, but also to help improve maintenance and operations. Following a significant transformation, Santa Maria High School in Santa Maria, Calif., now stands as a prime example of how the latest technologies and design techniques can modernize a school, while still maintaining its historic significance in the community — all for about $11.5 million.
 

3 Low Cost Resources For Greening Your School

By Lindsey Coulter
(08/09/2016)
For schools and universities with already limited budgets, developing and implementing significant sustainability measures can seem daunting. While steps such as instituting campus-wide recycling programs, turning off classroom lights and unplugging computers and devices can have a positive impact, schools looking to make more substantial commitments to sustainability on a budget can easily tap into a wealth of free resources and grant- supported programs. From wind turbine funding to energy efficiency software, here are three cost-effective ways to improve school sustainability inside and out.
 

Deferred School Maintenance: Pay Now or Pay More Later

By Scott Leopold
(08/02/2016)
Deferred maintenance in K-12 schools has become a $271 billion problem, according to the 2016 State of our Schools: America’s K-12 Facilities report released by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, the 21st Century School Fund and the National Council on School Facilities. Adding lifecycle costs brings the estimate up to $542 billion. The report focuses on 20 years of school facility investments nationwide and the funding needed to make up for annual investment shortfalls in essential repairs and upgrades. Only three states’ average spending levels meet or exceed the standards for investment: Texas, Florida and Georgia.
 

Troy University to Build Cultural Arts Park


(08/02/2016)
Troy University will soon be home to 200 life-sized Chinese terra cotta warrior statues from Shannxi, China. The replica Terra Cotta Army collection is one of the key elements to make up the university’s new Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park, which will serve as a cultural arts centerpiece to help build the relationship between the university and the community.
 

Central Michigan University Adds Green Roof to Bioscience Building


(07/26/2016)
Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant recently completed the installation of a new 6,700-square-foot green roof on its new, soon-to-be-completed Biosciences Building, where students and staff will conduct both health and environmental research.
 

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to Build Science Building


(07/26/2016)
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) is targeting a 2018 completion for its new $75 million chemistry biology building after breaking ground on May 5.