CO Architects Take on UT Austin Master Plan

By Lindsey Coulter
Texas — The University of Texas Austin (UT Austin) campus is an historic site full of historic buildings. Though the original 40-acre campus has been expanded over the years, the university developed a well-intentioned master plan and building guidelines that would help preserve the character and integrity of its 1930s-era structures.

Sloan Helps New Orleans School Go Green

By Mike Gipson
New Orleans’ Benjamin Franklin High School, a selective charter school adjacent to the University of New Orleans, is known for its educational excellence and national ranking. However, the achievements of Franklin students are not limited to the classroom.

University of Arkansas Builds Up Athletics, Academics

By Lindsey Coulter
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.

Dallas Business School Designed for Connectivity

By Jessie Fetterling
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.

KSU to Add National Biosafety Facility

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

University of Iowa Approves 1,000-Bed Residence Hall

Plans for an 800-bed residence hall approved by the University of Iowa Board of Regents in September 2014 were updated in February, increasing the building’s capacity to house more than 1,000 students.

Q&A: Arkansas University Readies New Visual Arts Building

By Jessie Fetterling
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.

Austin School Earns Green Building Award

The new Sally and Mack Brown Rise School in Austin was recently awarded an Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) 4-Star rating.

Wyoming Facilities Director Builds More than Schools

By Anthony Hughes
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.

UTSA Opens Teaching Lab for Construction Science

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Department of Construction Science (part of the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning) opened a new multipurpose teaching and research facility, funded by a donation from locally based Bartlett Cocke General Contractors.