Los Angeles Valley College Debuts New Student Center

By Jessie Fetterling
Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) in Valley Glen recently debuted its new 66,000-square-foot, two-story Monarch Student Center, which is intended to provide a home-away-from-home for students on campus. Designed by Irvine, Calif.-based LPA Inc., the new Monarch Student Center replaces the previous student center located on the same site. The earlier building was very small, outdated and lacked several student amenities, according to Steve Flanagan, principal at LPA Inc., and was demolished to make way for the new Monarch Student Center and a parking structure. The new facility includes a bookstore, dining hall, student health center and student lounge.

California State University, Fullerton Integrates Solar Power

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) and San Jose, Calif.-headquartered SunPower Corp. announced June 28 that construction is now underway on a 4-megawatt SunPower solar power system at three university parking areas.

Stanford University Gears Up for Construction Projects

During the Stanford University Board of Trustees’ June meeting, members reviewed and discussed the progress of campus construction projects.

CWU Students Construct Buddy Benches for Local School

Construction management students at Central Washington University (CWU) are trying to encourage friendship on the playground with their latest project: the buddy bench.

Silicon Valley School Integrates Sustainable Modular Classrooms

San Martin/Gwinn Elementary School in San Martin, located in California's Silicon Valley and part of the Morgan Hill Unified School District, recently installed the nation's first and only prefabricated classroom to be pre-verified by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS).

UCLA Converts South Tower into Research Lab Space

The fourth and final phase of the South Tower Seismic Renovation project for the Center for the Health Sciences (CHS) complex at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is currently underway, and is scheduled for completion in June 2017.

Los Angeles Harbor College Science Complex Earns Architecture Award

Los Angeles Harbor College Science Complex recently received a Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Honor Award in the Architecture for a New Building category.

Q&A: STEM Environments Support Learning for All Ages

By Jessie Fetterling
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) environments are becoming more and more prevalent on K-12 campuses, with interiors carefully designed to support an innovative curriculum.

Sonoma County Junior College District to Overhaul Campus Facilities

The Santa Rosa-based Sonoma County Junior College District (SCJCD) will soon undergo sweeping facilities upgrades. The 100-year-old district is partnering with the joint-venture team of international architecture, planning, design and consulting firm Gensler and Santa Rosa-based education industry master planning, design and construction administration firm Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (Gensler+QKA) to complete a new master plan.

A4LE Calls for James D. MacConnell Award Entrants

The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) is seeking entrants for the 2016 James D. MacConnell Award, which recognizes an outstanding, comprehensive planning process that results in educational facilities serving the needs of students, staff and the community as well as helping facilitate student achievement.