Q&A: ARO Shares Insight on New Riverdale Country School Design

By Lindsey Coulter
(02/11/2016)
When officials at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx decided to replace the school’s 18,000-square-foot Perkins Building, they sought the guidance of New York-based Architecture Research Office (ARO). ARO designed what will soon be the school’s new Upper Learning Building, which will provide myriad teaching, learning and administrative spaces as well as key connections to the outdoors.
 

Mid-Century Designs Influence Orange Coast’s Interdisciplinary Complex

By Jessie Fetterling
(02/11/2016)
Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, recently debuted a new Interdisciplinary Complex (IDC), designed to incorporate mid-century design techniques from the original surrounding campus. The 91,037-square-foot, three-story building houses classrooms, labs and faculty offices for the college’s Mathematics, Business and Computing programs.
 

Florida International University Pedestrian Bridge to Link Campus, Community


(02/10/2016)
Proving that infrastructure projects can sometimes impact a campus just as much as the construction of a new learning facility, Florida International University (FIU) in Sweetwater will soon add a pedestrian bridge, parking garage, and new sidewalks and plazas to its campus. The new additions are part of FUI’s UniversityCity Prosperity Project, which focuses on creating better transportation links between the university’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC) and the surrounding community.
 

Dalton State Celebrates Mashburn Hall Topping Out


(02/09/2016)
Earlier this month, a ceremony was held to celebrate the topping out of (or placement of the final beam on) a new residence hall scheduled to open in time for the fall 2016 semester at Dalton State College in Dalton. The $12 million Mashburn Hall will be the first residence hall in the Roadrunner Place Complex, and is being built thanks to a public-private partnership between the University System of Georgia (USG) and Corvias Campus Living.
 

New $96.5 million Ole Miss Basketball Arena Hosts First Game


(02/02/2016)
The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels played their first game against Alabama in the new $96.5 million The Pavilion at Ole Miss on Jan. 7. The new multi-purpose facility is home to both the men’s and women’s basketball programs and will serve as a venue for graduation ceremonies, concerts and other university events.
 

New Charter Oak School to Incorporate IB Learning Principles

By Jessie Fetterling
(02/02/2016)
The new Charter Oak International Academy in West Hartford is on schedule to debut in time for the 2016-2017 school year. Designed by the Stamford, Conn., office of Perkins Eastman, the project will address two goals for West Hartford Public Schools: To expand both public school Pre-K instruction and magnet school enrollment at Charter Oak to meet the state of Connecticut’s mandated racial balance goals, according to Chip Ward, director of finance and planning for the school district. Once completed, Charter Oak will admit 80 students per grade from Pre-K through fifth grade to serve a total of 560 students.
 

Bristol Community College to Debut Net-Zero Facility

By Jessie Fetterling
(01/21/2016)
Boston-based Sasaki designed the John J. Sbrega Health and Science Building, which is scheduled to debut at Bristol Community College in Fall River in April 2016. The primary goal of the project was to create a state-of-the-art laboratory facility for science and health science, unifying pure and applied disciplines under one roof.
 

FETC Announces 2016 STEM Excellence Award Winners


(01/21/2016)
Winners of the 2016 Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) STEM Excellence Awards were announced at the annual event in Orlando on Jan. 14. The awards honor excellence and innovation in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the primary, middle and high school levels. Finalists were evaluated based on their use of interdisciplinary curriculum, collaboration, design, problem solving and various STEM offerings.
 

Cardiff University Selects Architect for $110 Million Project


(01/20/2016)
Cardiff University in Cardiff is making good on plans to invest roughly £300 million (more than $425 million) in cutting edge new research and teaching facilities. The university announced its ambitious plan to construct four new facilities, together forming a new Innovation Campus, in October 2014, and recently selected an architect to design a key component of the complex.
 

University of Iowa to Debut Several Projects After 2008 Flood


(01/20/2016)
This year, the University of Iowa (UI) will finally cap years of construction work on several major projects, three of which are valued at $400 million and were funded by FEMA to replace buildings destroyed by the 2008 flood. The three projects are slated for completion mid-year and include the Hancher Auditorium, the Art Building and the Voxman Music Building.