A4LE Announces School Planning and Architectural Award Winners


(09/20/2016)
On Sept. 12, the Scottsdale-based Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) announced the winners of its 2016 Exhibition of School Planning & Architectural Awards. Winners represent three different continents and span the entire education spectrum.
 

Riverhead High School Integrates Community in Expansion


(09/20/2016)
An expansion and renovation of Riverhead High School was recently completed as part of a $78.3 million bond issue-financed expansion, renovation and infrastructure improvement program at the Riverhead Central School District (CSD) — all of which is designed by Patchogue, N.Y.-based BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers (BBS). As the district’s flagship facility, the school was designed to represent the renewal of the Riverhead area — known as the gateway to the Hamptons and the North Fork Wine Region — by bridging the gap between education and the community.
 

University of Manchester Project Wins Architecture Award


(09/13/2016)
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) recently honored the University of Manchester’s new £61 million ($81.2 million) National Graphene Institute with its National Award. The award is recognized as the most rigorous and prestigious commendation for new facilities in the United Kingdom, according to a statement by global consulting, design, construction, and operations firm CH2M, which provided technical architecture, building services engineering, information and communications technology services, process engineering, cleanroom and laboratory design, and client side monitoring during construction.
 

Thomas Edison Prep Opens Tornado-Safe Collegiate Center

By Jessie Fetterling
(09/13/2016)
Thomas Edison Preparatory High School in Tulsa announced the official opening of its new Collegiate Center just in time for the 2016-2017 school year. The 18,884-square-foot addition provides new spaces for Tulsa Public Schools students participating in advanced placement (AP) and other higher-education courses, and two of the new multipurpose rooms can double as FEMA-361 safe rooms in the event of a tornado.
 

UCSB Debuts $58.5 Million Library Renovation


(09/07/2016)
The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) unveiled a $58.5 million renovation to Davidson Library in August. The upgrades were designed to enhance teaching, learning and research at the university as well as accommodate the growing student population.
 

Kihei High School: A 2016 Project to Watch


(09/07/2016)
Despite a January 2016 groundbreaking ceremony for the much-anticipated Kihei High School in Maui, Hawaii Department of Education officials told members of the Maui County Council Planning Committee in August that grading and infrastructure on the project site may not begin for another two years. This timeline would push the school’s opening back to 2022, two years later than originally anticipated.
 

Student-Housing Project to Fill Void for Pittsburgh Universities


(08/18/2016)
Construction began Aug. 2 on a student-housing community that will serve the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), both of which are located in Pittsburgh. The building is expected to house a mix of both graduate and undergraduate students from both universities.
 

Choosing the Right Education Technology to Support Active Learning

By Chad Lewis
(08/18/2016)
Providing students with a 21st century education and fostering skills like collaboration and critical thinking is causing a shift away from the traditional classroom. This change includes not only designing the physical layout of the space to maximize student engagement and learning, but it also encompasses choosing educational technology that seamlessly aids in enhancing teacher instruction.
 

2016 Project to Watch: Innovate ABQ Campus

By Lindsey Coulter
(08/16/2016)
University of New Mexico Albuquerque officials and local leaders broke ground July 12 on what will eventually be the 160,000-square-foot, six-story Lobo Rainforest Building. The groundbreaking marks the beginning of Phase I of the four-phase, seven-acre InnovateABQ campus project, envisioned to be a multi-dimensional, integrated work, live and play community.
 

Missouri State’s $123 Million in Construction Projects on Track


(08/16/2016)
Missouri State University’s (MSU) main Springfield campus is in various planning, design and construction phases for $123 million worth of construction projects. Several smaller projects will wrap up in time for the start of fall classes next week, while some larger projects have yet to break ground.