Tackling Capital Planning One Problem at a Time

By Nadine Chin-Santos
When school administrations prepare a capital plan, the task is anything but simple. It’s extremely difficult to determine and prioritize the complex needs of aging facilities, especially with tight budgets and processes involving internal and external stakeholders.

Ensuring a Successful Campus Construction Project

By Stuart Meurer
A modern student center, a high-tech science wing, a classroom filled with natural light — these are the features that make each school or university campus distinctive. Just as graduation is achieved through a long process of study and hard work, the facilities inhabiting a campus are the result of a long process of master planning, fundraising and construction.

The K-12 Capital Improvement Outlook

By Lindsey Coulter
When the Great Recession hit in late 2007, nearly every sector and industry — including K-12 schools — felt the impact. Today, however, an increasing number of school districts nationwide are again seeking voter approval for improvement and construction bonds.

Missouri State Undergoes 20 Construction Projects

More than 20 major construction projects are underway to improve the Missouri State University (MSU) campus in Springfield. In the past three years, the school has seen a number of major improvements, including those made to its athletic and recreation facilities completed last year, and this summer is no different.

Illinois District Invests in Water Efficiency

Plumbing fixtures may not be the first thing on school districts’ minds when it comes to providing a world-class education, but they’re a critical element for keeping schools running smoothly.

SUNY’s Farmingdale State College Debuts Business School

By Jessie Fetterling
Farmingdale State College recently debuted a new $26.7 million School of Business building, which will serve 2,200 students and 40 professors of the growing undergraduate business program.

ADA Requirements for Hearing Impaired Students

By Jeff Elliot
Designing and outfitting schools to accommodate students of varying physical abilities is nothing new, and most school architects and builders are well aware of the building requirements outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

TCU Opens Dining Hall in Worth Hills Village

Tulsa, Okla.-based KSQ Architects continues to expand sustainable design on the Texas Christian University (TCU) campus in Fort Worth. The now-open Multipurpose Dining Hall is the fourth building in the three-phase Worth Hills Village project and the fourth KSQ project in development to receive LEED Gold certification.

Shining a Light on Campus Security

By Michael Zuidema
From the more-recent reports of violence at Penn State University and the University of Virginia to the not-so-distant horrors of Virginia Tech, educational institutions continue to learn just how important it is to have comprehensive security and safety policies.

Q&A: Cal Poly Pomona Opens Safe & Secure Rec Center

Cal Poly Pomona celebrated its new Bronco Recreation and Intramural Center (BRIC) late last year. Designed by Irvine, Calif.-based LPA Inc., the 120,000-square-foot, three-story recreation center has quickly become a central hub for student activity on the Cal Poly Pomona campus. In fact, the school reported that the recreation center encourages students to remain on campus longer, meet and mingle with peers, and relieve stress in a healthy way.