University of Houston Athletics Awaits Development Facility

By Jessie Fetterling
(10/16/2014)
The University of Houston Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will soon be able to take advantage of the new Houston Basketball Development Facility, designed by Kansas City, Mo.-based DLR Group and Houston-based Page, which will provide a new space for student athletes to practice, train and study for classes. Austin, Texas-based Austin Commercial, serving as the construction manager, began construction in September on the $25 million facility, which is scheduled for completion in August 2015.

Construction, Design Firms to Foot Stadium Repair Bill


(10/16/2014)
Structural repairs will begin soon on the Allen Independent School District’s (Allen ISD) two-year-old Eagle Stadium, which has been closed since May 2014 due to extensive cracking across the facility’s concourse level. The stadium was completed by McKinney, Texas-based general contractor Pogue Construction and architecture and engineering firm PBK based in Houston, in 2012 at a cost of $60 million.

Destroyed Joplin School Comes Full Circle


(10/08/2014)
Leveled by an EF-5 tornado in May 2011, the city of Joplin celebrated a milestone on Oct. 3, 2014 with the completion of the city’s new high school. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan attended the school’s ribbon cutting ceremony and festivities, which marked a crucial step in the community’s recovery and reconstruction process.

Baylor Residence Halls Undergo Transformation

By Jessie Fetterling
(10/08/2014)
Baylor University is completely upgrading its student housing offerings, with a plan to renovate 10 residence halls over the next eight years. South Russell Hall is the first to undergo the transformation and was completed in August at a cost of $8.5 million.

Sustainable School Celebrates Topping Out


(10/01/2014)
Construction crews recently topped out the new Martin Luther King Jr. School in Cambridge, Mass. The 169,000-square-foot school has been designed to target Net Zero energy consumption, and will serve an estimated 740 students.

Jacksonville Debuts New College of Health Sciences Building

By Jessie Fetterling
(10/01/2014)
A dedication of the new 30,000-square-foot College of Health Sciences (CHS) building at Jacksonville University was held on Sept. 4. The project is a major part of a larger, $20 million, phased plan to expand the college’s facilities, programs, equipment and faculty to meet growing demand.

CMU Celebrates Bioscience Building Groundbreaking


(09/24/2014)
At $95 million, Central Michigan University’s (CMU) new state-of-the-art Biosciences Building in Mt. Pleasant is an investment in both the school’s future and the future of modern science and medicine. With unique facilities to support Alzheimer’s research to preserving the Great Lakes, the facility may very well be the catalyst for breakthroughs across the scientific spectrum.

University of Louisville Debuts Collegiate Soccer Stadium

By Jessie Fetterling
(09/24/2014)
The men’s and women’s soccer teams played their first game in the newly constructed Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium (or simply Lynn Stadium) on Aug. 29 in Louisville. The stadium is the largest collegiate soccer venue in the country, and it took about 15 months to complete. The Estopinal Group designed the stadium, which features natural grass and seating for more than 5,300 people, while Abel Construction served as the general contractor. Both companies are locally based.

Acquisition to Reestablish Sports Design Powerhouse


(09/17/2014)
Global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm HOK, headquartered in St. Louis, recently acquired sports, athletics and recreation design firm 360 Architecture of Kansas City. Expected to be finalized by the end of October, the acquisition aims to reestablish HOK as a sports and recreation design leader and will give the firm a greater presence in the region.

AIA Selects 11 Projects for 2014 Design Awards


(09/17/2014)
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) selected 11 educational and cultural facilities for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The CAE Design Excellence Award honors educational facilities that not only serve as exceptional examples of learning environments, but also further their individual clients’ missions, goals and educational programs.