In December, the University of Cincinnati (UC) became the first public university in the country to issue Green Bonds for new construction. Then, the school began issuing the Series 2014C bonds to support the majority of costs related to the $35 million renovation of Scioto Hall.
Western Michigan University (WMU) was one of 10 institutions and individuals honored on Dec. 17 by the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Center for Green Schools, which hosts an annual awards program to recognize the best environmental efforts in schools and universities across the country.
Clemson University recently began construction on its largest building project to date. The 650,000-square-foot Douthit Hills project will include seven housing facilities for more than 1,730 students — all of which will be interconnected by outdoor spaces that align with Clemson’s Tillman Hall landmark.
High graduation and college acceptance rates, along with a progressive curriculum infused with science and the arts, have made New York City’s Beacon High School quite popular. Less than two decades after opening on the city’s Upper West Side, the school maintained a population of 1,200 students, though it was designed for just 827.
A number of universities across Texas are seeking funding for multi-million construction and renovation projects in the coming legislative session, adding up to approximately $3 billion in funding requests.
A new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) building will debut on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie later this spring. The 100,000-square-foot Enzi STEM Facility will replace existing facilities on campus, which have become outdated.
A multi-agency, farm-to-school initiative that started at the College of Charleston will go statewide in early 2015 with funding by grants from Boeing. The program, already available in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, will now include counties across the state as more schools adopt wellness policies. This will mean a rise in school gardens as well as farm kitchens, which cost about $50,000 each to build.
The new 248,000-square-foot Plymouth South High School in Plymouth, Mass. will soar above the surrounding community when it is completed in 2017. The project recently received approval from the Town of Plymouth Zoning Board of Appeals to exceed the community’s established building height limits, further clearing the way for construction.