Elk Grove Unified School District in Sacramento is currently seeking $450 million in bond sales to upgrade its aging schools, and possibly to build several new ones, according to the Sacramento Bee. The district outlined its plans in a February 2016 facilities master plan document, and hopes voters will approve the bond on a ballot that will also include a $9 billion statewide initiative for K-12 campuses and community colleges.
Grand Canyon University is currently on track to complete 12 construction projects at its Phoenix campus and office complex.
Among the $180 million in construction projects is a new engineering building, recording studio, three new freshman residence halls (to create a community called The Grove) and a new administration building located in the middle of campus, just a few steps away from the Student Union.
Rachlin Partners, an architecture firm based in Culver City, is helping transform the traditional school model into a 21st century learning space, where teachers and staff can advance the ideas of collaboration and project-based learning.
A month after launching the 7x7x7: Design, Energy, Water school and university sustainability initiative, the California Division of the State Architect (DSA) got a first glimpse at how the initiative could soon impact school sustainability efforts. The initiative engaged seven experienced architecture firms to develop seven case studies in sustainable school design for seven representative school campuses. On Feb. 23, the DSA hosted the first architect presentations.
The small town of Ignacio is located in the Southwestern region of Colorado, approximately 325 miles from Denver, and is surrounded by the 1,000-square-mile Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The location of the school district has made its population tri-cultural, including Southern Ute, Hispanic and Anglo heritages.
Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, recently debuted a new Interdisciplinary Complex (IDC), designed to incorporate mid-century design techniques from the original surrounding campus. The 91,037-square-foot, three-story building houses classrooms, labs and faculty offices for the college’s Mathematics, Business and Computing programs.
Los Angeles Harbor College’s new Science Complex recently received LEED Platinum certification, the highest level of certification for sustainable design awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).