Los Angeles Valley College Debuts New Student Center

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/30/2016)
Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) in Valley Glen recently debuted its new 66,000-square-foot, two-story Monarch Student Center, which is intended to provide a home-away-from-home for students on campus. Designed by Irvine, Calif.-based LPA Inc., the new Monarch Student Center replaces the previous student center located on the same site. The earlier building was very small, outdated and lacked several student amenities, according to Steve Flanagan, principal at LPA Inc., and was demolished to make way for the new Monarch Student Center and a parking structure. The new facility includes a bookstore, dining hall, student health center and student lounge.
 

The Gold Standard in Program Management: Part 1

By Christopher S. Dunlavey
(06/30/2016)
Across the nation, school districts from big cities to outer suburbs face massive and growing needs for capital investment in their facilities. To varying degrees, they are recognizing and responding to these concerns by planning for bond issues, applying for state funding and developing facility master plans. Most districts are only partly aware, however, of the scale and complexity of the challenges they face in implementing these programs successfully.
 

DoDEA-Europe Rethinks School Renovation, Replacement Plan

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/28/2016)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Department of Defense Education Activity-Europe (DoDEA-Europe), part of the Alexandria-headquartered DoDEA that serves school-age children of military employees, is re-evaluating part of a 2010 plan to renovate or replace roughly 70 percent of its worldwide schools by 2021 in response to military personnel or infrastructure changes in Europe.
 

Window Films and Screens: A School Safety Alternative

By Anthony J. Van Gorp
(06/28/2016)
Consultants of the Crown Point, Ind.-based Van Gorp Group recently attended the Indiana Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) conference held in French Lick, Ind., May 11-13, where many attendees were pricing bullet resistant glass for their school entryways. Van Gorp Group is dedicated to protecting children and schools, but also to providing cost effective security alternatives. As a risk management/security company, we specialize in neutralizing threats and protecting people, property and identifying risk.
 

Renovation Gives An Atlanta Middle School New Life

By Lindsey Coulter
(06/21/2016)
Renovation and expansion projects provide great opportunities to breathe new life into an aging institution. The recent renovation and expansion of Ralph J. Bunche Middle School, part of Atlanta Public Schools, added more space for a growing student body and brought the facility into the 21st century.
 

Arts Center Creates Cultural Hub in Southern Utah

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/21/2016)
The new Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts in Cedar City will officially make its debut with a dedication on July 7. The center is the new home of the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF) and Southern Utah University’s (SUU) Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA).
 

Science on Display

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/14/2016)
A transparent and open design helped the new 100,000-square-foot life sciences building at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles showcase its science education. Opened in time for the university’s first day of classes last fall, the $110 million building features several ways for visitors to get a glimpse of the school’s research and curriculum in action.
 

SUNY’s Fredonia Campus Enhances Residence Halls


(06/14/2016)
The State University of New York (SUNY) College at Fredonia campus is currently upgrading three of its residence halls to preserve the halls’ historical aesthetic while also increasing their energy efficiency.
 

Q&A: Best Practices for Building on an Active School Campus

By Lindsey Coulter
(06/07/2016)
Conducting both small- and large-scale projects on an active school or university campus is a delicate process. Project teams must consider student, faculty, parent and visitor safety from all angles, while also ensuring the security of the project site itself. Successfully planned and executed projects can not only enhance the facility, but can have a positive impact on education as well, giving students an opportunity to participate in the construction process.
 

2016 Project to Watch Update

By Layne Gudenkauf
(06/07/2016)
Moses Brown School, a college preparatory school located in Providence, is currently constructing a 25,295-square-foot facility that will serve as the hub of academic, artistic, social and spiritual life on the school’s campus. With an estimated completion date in late 2016, the Woodman Family Community and Performance Center, a School Construction News 2016 Project to Watch, will replace the school’s current 150-year-old Alumni Hall and provide a venue for school events and shows, and serve as a gathering place for students and families.