Q&A: Learning Beyond the Classroom

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/03/2015)
Today, learning occurs everywhere, which is why architects have started designing both formal and informal educational spaces to include the collaborative, high-tech learning features that stu-dents require outside of the traditional classroom. Residence halls, dining halls and even outdoor courtyards now incorporate learning environments that allow millennials to blend their work life with their private life, preparing them for a future in today’s workforce.

Wyoming Facilities Director Builds More than Schools

By Anthony Hughes
(03/03/2015)
The Wyoming State Legislature established the School Facilities Department (SFD) in 2002 to oversee construction of K-12 schools throughout the state. Since then, Wyoming has built more than 75 new schools and spent an estimated $3.5 billion on the construction, renovation and maintenance of its educational facilities.

Brookwood School Turns Construction into Education


(02/25/2015)
A nearly 21,500-square-foot renovation and expansion of the Brookwood School in Manchester, Mass. was completed in late 2014 after just 18 months of construction. The project wrapped up three months ahead of schedule and came in under budget.

Jackson College Construction Attracts More Students

By Jessie Fetterling
(02/25/2015)
Construction is underway on a new dormitory at Jackson College, while renovations at the school’s Bert Walker Hall are scheduled to start in May. Ground was broken in September 2014 on Campus View 3, the third student dormitory at the school’s central campus, and work is scheduled for completion in August.

University of Florida Residence to Support Entrepreneurs

By Lindsey Coulter
(02/12/2015)
Construction on the University of Florida’s (UF) new 97,000-square-foot Infinity Hall marked an important milestone on Jan. 30 when the structure reached its full height. The construction team of Brasfield & Gorrie of Jacksonville, Fla., celebrated the event alongside school officials with a topping-out ceremony.

University of Illinois Launches Major Solar Project

By Jessie Fetterling
(02/12/2015)
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will soon be home to one of the largest on-site university solar arrays in the country, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency statistics. Construction of a 5.87-megawatt (MW) solar farm will begin this spring, with substantial completion scheduled for fall 2015.

Colorado School Consolidates All Grade Levels

By Lindsey Coulter
(02/11/2015)
Otis School District, located in northeastern Colorado near the Kansas and Nebraska borders, started 2015 off in a big way. In early January, the district celebrated the completion of the new 70,000-square-foot school building that will serve generations of PK-12 Otis Bulldogs.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Adds Residence Hall

By Jessie Fetterling
(02/11/2015)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) 89,000-square-foot Faraday Hall, a residence hall across from Gateway Park, the university’s 11-acre life sciences-based campus, opened to students in fall 2013.

Northwestern’s Kellogg School to Debut in 2016

By Jessie Fetterling
(02/03/2015)
Construction on Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management building is well underway after breaking ground in November 2013. The five-story, 415,000-square-foot building will serve as a global hub for the school, and is slated for completion in late 2016.

Maryland School Completed on Tight Schedule


(02/03/2015)
Monarch Global Academy Contract School opened in October 2014, bringing the globally minded International Baccalaureate curriculum to nearly 500 students. The school is expected to accept as many as 740 students by the fall 2015 semester and was built to alleviate overcrowding at Maryland City, Brock Bridge and Jessup elementary schools, which had been forced to rely on portable classrooms.