Pennsylvania School Funding Bill Takes Effect

Legislation that directs the distribution of an additional $200 million to Pennsylvania’s public school districts — and authorizes up to $2.5 billion in borrowing for the state’s share of school construction costs — took effect Monday, reported the Associated Press. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf originally sought $400 million in additional school funding (a 7 percent increase to $6.1 billion), but Republican lawmakers approved only half of the request to avoid tax increases.

Q&A: Lake Mills Elementary Participates in LEED v4

By Jessie Fetterling
Construction on the 95,000-square-foot Lake Mills Elementary for the Lake Mills Area School District (LMASD) in Wisconsin was completed in September 2014. It is one of only 122 projects participating in the LEED v4 beta program, which involved an extra level of detail in order to incorporate strict energy-reduction strategies and incorporate a more holistic approach to green design and construction.

BelovED Community Charter School to Build New Middle School

BelovED Community Charter School recently acquired a half-acre site in Jersey City for the soon-to-be-constructed BelovED Middle School. The new 40,000-square-foot, four-story middle school will serve 240 students in grades six through nine. Architectural and planning firm Urbahn Architects, with offices in New York and Newark, N.J., is serving as the project’s architect.

Otter Valley High School Invests in Energy Savings

Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon will soon complete major building improvements paid for by significantly trimming the school’s energy costs. The improvements will benefit more than 550 students in grades seven through 12 as well as faculty, staff, parents and visitors. All upgrades will be completed by the end of summer or early fall 2016.

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.