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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.