Prairie View A&M Breaks Ground on Ag Business Building

Construction has begun on the new Agriculture & Business Multipurpose Classroom Building at Prairie View A&M University. Plans were finalized in August 2013, and crews broke ground on the 96,000-square-foot facility shortly after the New Year.

Enid Public Schools Reaches School Construction Completion

School construction related to Enid Public Schools’ capital improvement project is near completion. Four years ago, voters approved a $99 million bond issue, and nine businesses and individuals gave an additional $3.4 million so that Enid Public Schools could renovate its schools. Atlanta-based Carter and Associates was contracted to assist with strategic master planning of the project and managing the work.

Joplin Schools Rebuilt on Same Site

By Jessie Fetterling
The linked campus of Soaring Heights Elementary and East Middle School opened in Joplin in early January. Both schools needed to be rebuilt after they were struck by the May 2011 tornado that devastated the Joplin community and killed 161 people. In total, 10 buildings in the Joplin School District were damaged due to the tornado.

Q&A: TCU’s New Residence Hall Enhances Student Community

By Jessie Fetterling
Texas Christian University (TCU) debuted a new residence hall, designed by Tulsa, Okla.-based KSQ Architects, in December. The two-building residence hall, known as Marion and Clark Halls, offers 400 suite-style student beds designed for sophomores. Common areas, study lounges and baking kitchens are included to build community within the LEED Gold-certified space.

Joplin High School Project Nears Completion

Construction on Joplin High School and the Franklin Technology Center is about 55 to 65 percent complete, Mike Johnson, facilities director, told Four States Home Page.

SLC Schools See Big Return on Conservation Efforts

Three Salt Lake City public high schools have saved more than $50,000 in energy costs thanks to the district’s Go Green Earn Green Energy Challenge.

Expanded Kindergarten, Continued Litigation Define Kansas Education Landscape

Following a sweeping 2012 income tax cut and a period of education funding austerity that has stressed the Kansas public school system, Gov. Sam Brownback announced in December plans for a five-year, $80 million investment in full-day kindergarten.

School Design Standards Soar in Springfield

When it opens in the fall of 2015, Springfield’s Sherwood Elementary will likely set the standard for new school construction in the city. Designed in a flexible and energy-efficient manner, the school will also be the first in the district to house a local chapter of the Boys & Girls Club.

Innovative Interior Products Awarded at EdSpaces

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) announced the first Annual 2013 EdSpaces Innovation Award winner earlier this month at the 2013 EdSpaces trade show in San Antonio.

Salt Lake Community College Unveils Media Center

Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) debuted its new Center for Arts and Media (CAM) in early November at South City Campus in Salt Lake City. The new 130,000-square-foot center houses SLCC programs, such as journalism, television broadcast production, music technology, and recording and visual arts, for about 9,000 students.