First Domed School Gym in California Nears Completion

Wasuma Elementary School in Ahwahnee is now home to the first domed school building in California. The dome-shaped gymnasium serves the Wasuma Elementary Wildcats and was considered something of a funding feat.

Microsoft Donates $10 Million to University of Washington Project

Microsoft, headquartered in Redmond, Wash., recently donated $10 million to the development of the new University of Washington (UW) Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) building in Seattle, with hopes that the facility will help to double the number of computer science and engineering degrees awarded by the university annually.

Q&A: Cal Poly Pomona Opens Safe & Secure Rec Center

Cal Poly Pomona celebrated its new Bronco Recreation and Intramural Center (BRIC) late last year. Designed by Irvine, Calif.-based LPA Inc., the 120,000-square-foot, three-story recreation center has quickly become a central hub for student activity on the Cal Poly Pomona campus. In fact, the school reported that the recreation center encourages students to remain on campus longer, meet and mingle with peers, and relieve stress in a healthy way.

Portland’s Collaborative Life Sciences Building Earns Recognition

The 650,000-square-foot Collaborative Life Sciences Building & Skourtes Tower (CLSB) — which combines the research of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Oregon State University and Portland University into one location — recently earned three industry awards for its sustainable design.

New Homestead High Addition Improves Connectivity

By Lindsey Coulter
Students, staff, district officials, parents and project team members gathered last month for the unveiling of Homestead High School’s new student quad in Cupertino. The ribbon-cutting event offered those gathered a first glimpse at the new quad, which includes a cafeteria building, three new science classrooms and repurposed outdoor spaces.

UCSD’s New Dining Concept Incorporates Interactivity

By Jessie Fetterling
The University of California San Diego (UCSD) debuted its latest student dining facility at Revelle College last December to keep up with the evolution of student dining trends. Today’s students want healthier food choices and a more interactive food experience. As such, locally based Studio E Architects designed the $12.1 million 64 degrees dining concept to provide a new kind of dining experience that puts the act of cooking and the natural beauty of food on display.

Cal Poly Pomona Addresses Parking Shortage with New Structure

As the enrollment at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) has grown, so has its need for additional parking spaces. With a campus population of 20,000 students, faculty and staff — and growing — university administrators elected to construct a new $34 million, 1,800-space parking garage.

San Jose State Completes New Student Health Center

By Jessie Fetterling
Construction on the new San Jose State University Student Health & Counseling Center (SHC) was completed in April. The three-story, 53,000-square-foot building will now house the university’s student health center, counseling services and wellness center.

San Diego’s New Urban Discovery Academy to Debut

Construction on the Urban Discovery Academy, a K-8 charter school in San Diego’s East Village, is scheduled for completion in July. The academy will hopefully help attract more families to the urban neighborhood.

Charlie Cart Helps Schools Teach Healthy Habits

Three California school districts recently began testing the latest tool to help students learn about healthy cooking and eating: the Charlie Cart.