Schools Get High Marks for LED Lighting Upgrades

By Jim Ouellette and Ryan Berlin
(12/07/2016)
In today’s fast-paced operating environment, the smart use of resources is a must for successful organizations, particularly schools, which are typically under pressure to balance rising costs with ever-tightening budgets. The good news is that easy opportunities to impact the bottom line probably exist right in your school’s lighting system. With lighting costs accounting for as much as 30 to 40 percent of the average school’s total energy expenses, lighting upgrades involving high-performing and energy-efficient LED retrofits can be a quick-to-implement means of improving your school’s lighting quality and performance while significantly reducing operating costs.
 

Penn’s Pennovation Center Raises the Innovation Bar

By Jessie Fetterling
(12/07/2016)
The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) in Philadelphia held a grand opening event on Oct. 28 for its new 58,000-square-foot innovation lab, cleverly dubbed Pennovation Center. Previously owned by DuPont, the building was transformed into a combination of wet labs, co-working areas and social spaces. These key design elements were created to serve three purposes: to make the facility a catalyst for learning, an incubator for commerce and a beacon for the community.
 

Natural Light in Sports and Recreation Spaces: Part 2

By Del Williams
(11/29/2016)
Artificial lighting cannot compare with the aesthetics and sustainable design of bright natural daylight in indoor gyms, sports arenas and recreational spaces. Daylighting not only enhances the function and beauty of these venues for students, athletes and spectators, but it also makes viewing clearer and colors truer. Functionally, studies have shown that such daylight exposure can also enhance health, energy and mood. Yet too often participants and spectators at these venues find themselves under harsh, artificial electric or fluorescent lighting with minimal exposure to natural light.
 

Q&A: 3-D Printing in the Classroom

By Jessie Fetterling
(11/29/2016)
One of the most popular classroom technologies to date is the 3-D printer. The device helps transform the classroom experience from a passive one to an active one by helping students visualize abstract concepts through printing 3-D objects on the spot. As the technology begins to spread across U.S. classrooms, School Construction News spoke with Eric Langhorst, an eighth-grade teacher at Discovery Middle School in Liberty, about his experience using the Dremel 3D Idea Builder and how it has shaped his classroom curriculums.
 

Natural Light in Sports and Recreation Spaces: Part 1

By Del Williams
(11/23/2016)
Artificial lighting cannot compare with the aesthetics and sustainable design of bright natural daylight in indoor gyms, sports arenas and recreational spaces. Daylighting not only enhances the function and beauty of these venues for students, athletes and spectators, but it also makes viewing clearer and colors truer. Functionally, studies have shown that such daylight exposure can also enhance health, energy and mood. Yet too often participants and spectators at these venues find themselves under harsh, artificial electric or fluorescent lighting with minimal exposure to natural light.
 

Harvard University Debuts Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab


(11/23/2016)
Harvard University hosted a formal dedication ceremony on Nov. 3 to officially open the new Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab in Allston. The two-story, 15,000-square-foot facility is the newest component of Harvard's growing innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, creating much-needed space for life science ventures.
 

Conferences and Community

By Lindsey Coulter
(11/15/2016)
Attending industry events and conferences is a fantastic way to learn about emerging school and university design and construction trends, celebrate award-winning projects, and check out the latest and greatest education products. School Construction News attended both the Association for Learning Environments’ (A4LE) LearningSCAPES conference in Philadelphia in September as well as October’s EDspaces conference, organized by the Education Market Association, in order to keep a finger on the pulse of the industry and speak to educators and A/E/C professionals about their experiences.
 

Kentucky School Reaps Benefits of Innovative HVAC System


(11/15/2016)
Clark County Public Schools in Winchester recently improved upon its existing chilled beam energy-saving system by conducting retrofits on the Robert D. Campbell Junior High School HVAC system. The 43-year-old school building was relieved of its 1970s-era unit ventilators and now features chilled beams and dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS). While neither are new technologies, Campbell is the first known building in the world to use smart, plug-and-play controllable chilled beam pump modules (CCBPM).
 

Saddleback College’s Sciences Building Inspires Learning Everywhere

By Jessie Fetterling
(11/02/2016)
The $55 million Sciences Building recently debuted at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo as part of a large-scale renovation to boost the college’s environmental sustainability as well as its overall learning experience.
 

Adopting the Right Educational Technology

By Brady O. Bruce
(11/02/2016)
While the 2016-2017 school year has long since started, there’s always time to add technology to classrooms to keep them up-to-date and to improve student engagement. As students become more and more immersed in technology outside of the classroom, teachers are increasingly hard-pressed to retain student attention with more traditional and non-interactive equipment such as desktop computers and whiteboards. When adding new technology to any classroom, easy implementation, flexibility and future-proofing are key.