School Construction Bond Debated in California

The decision to place a statewide school construction bond, known as Assembly Bill (AB) 2235, on the November ballot is still up for debate as Gov. Jerry Brown still has not said whether or not he will terminate the proposal before allowing Californians to vote on it.

Wine Program Gets Boost from Noted Magazine

The Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation, the charitable arm of Wine Spectator magazine, is making a substantial investment in the future of viticulture with a $3 million gift to Sonoma State University.

L.A. City College Recognized for Design Excellence

The new Los Angeles City College (LACC) Student Union has received a 2014 Design Award at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards. Presented by the Los Angeles Business Council, the awards celebrate the region’s new and innovative architectural achievements.

Cradle to Cradle Report Highlights Certification Benefits

The Cradle to Cradle Certified Program, which was integrated into the new LEED Version 4 rating system, may be the next rating system for product manufacturing companies in the school construction market to consider.

UC San Diego’s MESOM Lab Earns LEED Platinum

The Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling (MESOM) Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego’s (UC San Diego) received LEED Platinum certification after opening last year. Designed by THA Architecture of Portland, Ore., and constructed by Rudolph and Sletten, headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., the MESOM Laboratory joins the David Keeling Apartments as the second LEED Platinum building on the UC San Diego campus.

SDSU Demonstrates Sustainable Design with New Complex

By Jessie Fetterling
Construction on the newly renovated Storm and Nasatir Halls complex at San Diego State University (SDSU) was completed in time for the spring semester, with a grand opening celebration held on Feb. 21. The $73 million project included a 100,000-square-foot renovation and 35,000-square-foot expansion of the existing complex, built in 1957. The design incorporated both energy-efficient and security measures that helped improve the complexes past deficiencies.

CSU San Marcos Opens New Student Union

California State University San Marcos officially welcomed students to its new University Student Union (USU) on April 15, marking the end of a nearly two-year construction process. The student union was designed to serve as the “heartbeat” of the southern California campus and the new base of student services and activities. The school honored the building’s completion with two weeks of cultural events and activities.

Sundt Selected for UC Santa Barbara Project

The University of California, Santa Barbara has selected Sundt Construction Inc. to build the school’s new $38.5 million Henley Hall Institute for Energy Efficiency. Sundt’s Irvine, Calif. location will serve as construction manager at risk for the 53,000-square-foot project.

College of the Desert’s Applied Sciences Complex Underway

Construction of the new Applied Sciences Complex at the College of the Desert–Palm Desert Campus began in February. Designed by Los Angeles-based HGA Architects and Engineers, the project includes construction of a 22,700-square-foot Applied Sciences Building and the renovation of the 2,700-square foot Agricultural Sciences Building.

UCSD Opens Collaborative Biomedical Research Facility

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) recently opened a new $113 million Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility in La Jolla. The 196,000-square-foot building was designed to encourage collaboration between scientists in the region and worldwide.