Q&A: Franklin High Delivers More Student-Centered Spaces


(05/19/2016)
FRANKLIN, Wis. — Franklin High School debuted a new Performing Arts Center in March 2015. As part of the construction project, the school also decided to renovate the interiors to provide better functionality for the students and staff as well as enhance safety and security.
 

Window Film: A Necessary Safety Measure for Schools

By Michael Mancini
(05/19/2016)
A school is meant to be a safe place for students to learn. In light of recent tragic events in our nation’s schools, school leaders and construction managers are now forced to consider a wide range of solutions to improve the safety of their facilities. While security initiatives such as video surveillance and door security systems are important to incorporate into any school’s design, there’s one often overlooked measure: window film.
 

University of Cincinnati to Renovate Fifth Third Arena


(05/17/2016)
The University of Cincinnati (UC) recently signed New York-headquartered Skanska USA and locally based joint partner Megen Construction to a nearly $70 million contract to renovate Fifth Third Arena. Construction is set to begin next month and is slated for completion in November 2018.
 

Addition to Queens School Designed to Blend in Seamlessly


(05/17/2016)
A number of New York state and local officials recently celebrated the beginning of construction on the new P.S./I.S. 49 (Dorothy Bonawit Kole School) addition in Queens. New York City Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley, New York State Assembly Member Margaret M. Markey and Principal Thomas Carty were just a few of those who joined faculty members and students to mark the facility’s May 13 ground breaking.
 

Chapman University Constructing Center for Science & Technology


(05/11/2016)
Construction broke ground in late April on the 140,000-square-foot Center for Science and Technology at Chapman University in Orange. The $130 million home to the Schmid College of Science and Technology was designed by Los Angeles-based AC Martin Partners Inc., and is being constructed by Pasadena, Calif.-based C.W. Driver Companies.
 

New Addition Honors Joliet High School’s Gothic Design


(05/11/2016)
Joliet Central High School students are nearing the end of their first semester enjoying a new 43,000-square-foot addition. The building was unveiled at a grand opening celebration earlier this year that drew a standing-room-only crowd of more than 1,500 students, parents, teachers, administrators and elected officials.
 

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.