University of Arkansas to Improve Student-Athlete Services

By Lindsey Coulter
(03/26/2015)
A new building designed to support the University of Arkansas’ 460 student athletes will soon debut on the school’s Fayetteville campus. The new 55,000-square-foot Student Athlete Success Center will balance academic support spaces with facilities to help improve students’ health and athletic performance.

University of Dallas Business School Designed for Connectivity

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/26/2015)
The Dallas office of Perkins+Will designed the University of Dallas (UD) business school’s new SB Hall with five overarching qualities in mind. The 45,575-square-foot facility needed to be UD branded, technology rich, bright and airy, welcoming and inviting, and sustainable — all of which encourage student connectivity.

The New School to Consolidate Arts Programs

By Lindsey Coulter
(03/25/2015)
New York’s renowned university, The New School, is strengthening its performing arts programs and capacity with an extensive renovation to its 105,000-square-foot Arnhold Building, located in Manhattan. The move will help consolidate The New School’s currently far-flung campus and bring several performing arts programs under one roof.

Construction to Begin on KSU’s National Biosafety Facility


(03/25/2015)
Construction on the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) at Kansas State University in Manhattan will likely begin in May, and is scheduled to take about five years. NBAF will be the country’s foremost animal disease research facility, and will study emerging, high-consequence livestock diseases that threaten animal and human health

Peaceful Oasis Built for Stanford University


(03/18/2015)
The Windhover Contemplative Center, which was completed in October 2014, stands in stark contrast to the rest of the bustling Stanford University Campus in Stanford, Calif. Designed by Aidlin Darling Design of San Francisco, the center serves as a spiritual retreat for students, faculty and staff, and is designed to promote personal renewal and wellbeing.

Q&A: Arkansas University Readies New Visual Arts Building

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/18/2015)
A new visual arts building will greet art students at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith this fall when construction on the project is completed. The three-story, 58,000-square-foot building is the first project of the school’s master plan, unveiled last fall. CDI Contractors is serving as the construction manager on the project, while WER Architects is serving as the designer; both companies are located in Little Rock, Ark.

Nevada School Construction Bill Signed into Law


(03/11/2015)
Gov. Brian Sandoval signed an emergency bill just hours after it passed through the state Assembly last Wednesday permitting the construction of more Nevada schools.

Flexible Learning Spaces Foster Project-based Learning

By Justin Dent and Dr. Heather Cruz
(03/11/2015)
When the vision for Sunset Heights Elementary in the Peoria Unified School District began to take shape, it was clear the school would be different. The administration’s goal was to support, inspire and motivate students as they acquire knowledge and master skills as part of a community of learners.

Q&A: Learning Beyond the Classroom

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/03/2015)
Today, learning occurs everywhere, which is why architects have started designing both formal and informal educational spaces to include the collaborative, high-tech learning features that stu-dents require outside of the traditional classroom. Residence halls, dining halls and even outdoor courtyards now incorporate learning environments that allow millennials to blend their work life with their private life, preparing them for a future in today’s workforce.

Wyoming Facilities Director Builds More than Schools

By Anthony Hughes
(03/03/2015)
The Wyoming State Legislature established the School Facilities Department (SFD) in 2002 to oversee construction of K-12 schools throughout the state. Since then, Wyoming has built more than 75 new schools and spent an estimated $3.5 billion on the construction, renovation and maintenance of its educational facilities.