UCLA Converts South Tower into Research Lab Space


(05/04/2016)
The fourth and final phase of the South Tower Seismic Renovation project for the Center for the Health Sciences (CHS) complex at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is currently underway, and is scheduled for completion in June 2017.
 

New 21st Century High School for East Baton Rouge

By Jerry Hebert AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, and David Hebert AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
(05/04/2016)
As school officials like to say, Lee Magnet High School, part of the East Baton Rouge Parish Schools system in Louisiana, is a school like no other. From its approach to learning to its collegiate-styled campus, Lee Magnet High School is poised to become both a showpiece for the district and a launch pad for a new generation of student entrepreneurs.
 

Pennsylvania School Funding Bill Takes Effect


(04/26/2016)
Legislation that directs the distribution of an additional $200 million to Pennsylvania’s public school districts — and authorizes up to $2.5 billion in borrowing for the state’s share of school construction costs — took effect Monday, reported the Associated Press. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf originally sought $400 million in additional school funding (a 7 percent increase to $6.1 billion), but Republican lawmakers approved only half of the request to avoid tax increases.
 

BelovED Community Charter School to Build New Middle School


(04/26/2016)
BelovED Community Charter School recently acquired a half-acre site in Jersey City for the soon-to-be-constructed BelovED Middle School. The new 40,000-square-foot, four-story middle school will serve 240 students in grades six through nine. Architectural and planning firm Urbahn Architects, with offices in New York and Newark, N.J., is serving as the project’s architect.
 

Otter Valley High School Invests in Energy Savings


(04/20/2016)
Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon will soon complete major building improvements paid for by significantly trimming the school’s energy costs. The improvements will benefit more than 550 students in grades seven through 12 as well as faculty, staff, parents and visitors. All upgrades will be completed by the end of summer or early fall 2016.
 

Q&A: Lake Mills Elementary Participates in LEED v4

By Jessie Fetterling
(04/20/2016)
Construction on the 95,000-square-foot Lake Mills Elementary for the Lake Mills Area School District (LMASD) in Wisconsin was completed in September 2014. It is one of only 122 projects participating in the LEED v4 beta program, which involved an extra level of detail in order to incorporate strict energy-reduction strategies and incorporate a more holistic approach to green design and construction.
 

Q&A: STEM Environments Support Learning for All Ages

By Jessie Fetterling
(04/07/2016)
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) environments are becoming more and more prevalent on K-12 campuses, with interiors carefully designed to support an innovative curriculum.
 

Sonoma County Junior College District to Overhaul Campus Facilities


(04/07/2016)
The Santa Rosa-based Sonoma County Junior College District (SCJCD) will soon undergo sweeping facilities upgrades. The 100-year-old district is partnering with the joint-venture team of international architecture, planning, design and consulting firm Gensler and Santa Rosa-based education industry master planning, design and construction administration firm Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (Gensler+QKA) to complete a new master plan.
 

Construction Begins on Revolutionary X-Ray Laser


(04/05/2016)
Construction began on April 4 to upgrade a revolutionary X-ray laser, known as Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park.
 

Vanderbilt Stadium Upgrades Enhance Fan Experience, Energy Efficiency


(04/05/2016)
For more than a decade, Vanderbilt University in Nashville has had one of the nation’s most successful baseball programs. As such, the university’s baseball games are popular and its stadium, Hawkins Field, is expected to perform well.