Construction Begins on Revolutionary X-Ray Laser

Construction began on April 4 to upgrade a revolutionary X-ray laser, known as Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park.

Utah Prepares for Construction of Second Medical School

Construction begins this week on the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Southern Utah, which will be the second campus for the Colorado-based medical school.

High Altitude Colorado School Earns Honors

Lake County High School in Leadville recently earned its project team a National Excellence in Construction Eagle Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in the Institutional $10 million to $25 million project category.

Biola University Breaks Ground on New Science Building

Construction broke ground on the new 91,000-square-foot Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health at Biola University in La Mirada on March 22.

EDexpo 2016 Marks Education Market Association’s 100th Year

Earlier this month in Las Vegas, the Education Market Association hosted EDexpo 2016 for dealers and suppliers in the educational products marketplace.

Elk Grove Unified School District Seeks Construction Funds

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 to Complete 12 Construction Projects

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 Creates STEM Acronym for Design

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.

HGA Unveils Zero Energy 7x7x7 Plan for LATTC

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.

New Schools, New Future for Ignacio School District

By Stuart Coppedge, AIA, LEED AP
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.