A4LE Announces School Planning and Architectural Award Winners

On Sept. 12, the Scottsdale-based Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) announced the winners of its 2016 Exhibition of School Planning & Architectural Awards. Winners represent three different continents and span the entire education spectrum.

Thomas Edison Prep Opens Tornado-Safe Collegiate Center

By Jessie Fetterling
Thomas Edison Preparatory High School in Tulsa announced the official opening of its new Collegiate Center just in time for the 2016-2017 school year. The 18,884-square-foot addition provides new spaces for Tulsa Public Schools students participating in advanced placement (AP) and other higher-education courses, and two of the new multipurpose rooms can double as FEMA-361 safe rooms in the event of a tornado.

Winter Construction to Complete Six Georgia School Projects

Winter Construction, based in Atlanta, is completing six, K-12 school projects in Georgia before the end of 2016.

New Texas Elementary Named for Freed Slave, School Founder

More than 125 years after Newton Isaac Collins Sr. first established a school in the area now occupied by the Del Valle Independent School District (DVISD), district leaders have named its newest elementary in his honor.

5 Phoenix-Area School Construction Projects Greet Returning Students

With the start of the 2016-17 school year, students at several Phoenix-area schools are heading back to newly constructed buildings, according to The Arizona Republic. Here’s a roundup of five major school construction projects helping to change the face of local education for the 2016-2017 school year:

2016 Project to Watch: Innovate ABQ Campus

By Lindsey Coulter
University of New Mexico Albuquerque officials and local leaders broke ground July 12 on what will eventually be the 160,000-square-foot, six-story Lobo Rainforest Building. The groundbreaking marks the beginning of Phase I of the four-phase, seven-acre InnovateABQ campus project, envisioned to be a multi-dimensional, integrated work, live and play community.

Sheldon ISD Invests $285 Million in New Construction, Upgrades

The Sheldon Independent School District (Sheldon ISD) located in unincorporated northeast Harris County will soon embark on a $285 million bond program.

Katy ISD Breaks Ground on New Elementary School

Katy Independent School District (Katy ISD) broke ground June 7 on the new Robert and Felice Bryant Elementary in Katy, Texas.

Arts Center Creates Cultural Hub in Southern Utah

By Jessie Fetterling
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).

Boise State Boosts Campus Security with Safety App

In an effort to increase campus security, Boise State University has adopted a new safety app.