Schools Get High Marks for LED Lighting Upgrades

By Jim Ouellette and Ryan Berlin
(12/07/2016)
In today’s fast-paced operating environment, the smart use of resources is a must for successful organizations, particularly schools, which are typically under pressure to balance rising costs with ever-tightening budgets. The good news is that easy opportunities to impact the bottom line probably exist right in your school’s lighting system. With lighting costs accounting for as much as 30 to 40 percent of the average school’s total energy expenses, lighting upgrades involving high-performing and energy-efficient LED retrofits can be a quick-to-implement means of improving your school’s lighting quality and performance while significantly reducing operating costs.
 

Q&A: 3-D Printing in the Classroom

By Jessie Fetterling
(11/29/2016)
One of the most popular classroom technologies to date is the 3-D printer. The device helps transform the classroom experience from a passive one to an active one by helping students visualize abstract concepts through printing 3-D objects on the spot. As the technology begins to spread across U.S. classrooms, School Construction News spoke with Eric Langhorst, an eighth-grade teacher at Discovery Middle School in Liberty, about his experience using the Dremel 3D Idea Builder and how it has shaped his classroom curriculums.
 

Penn’s Pennovation Center Raises the Innovation Bar

By Jessie Fetterling
(12/07/2016)
The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) in Philadelphia held a grand opening event on Oct. 28 for its new 58,000-square-foot innovation lab, cleverly dubbed Pennovation Center. Previously owned by DuPont, the building was transformed into a combination of wet labs, co-working areas and social spaces. These key design elements were created to serve three purposes: to make the facility a catalyst for learning, an incubator for commerce and a beacon for the community.
 

Natural Light in Sports and Recreation Spaces: Part 2

By Del Williams
(11/29/2016)
Artificial lighting cannot compare with the aesthetics and sustainable design of bright natural daylight in indoor gyms, sports arenas and recreational spaces. Daylighting not only enhances the function and beauty of these venues for students, athletes and spectators, but it also makes viewing clearer and colors truer. Functionally, studies have shown that such daylight exposure can also enhance health, energy and mood. Yet too often participants and spectators at these venues find themselves under harsh, artificial electric or fluorescent lighting with minimal exposure to natural light.
 

Harvard University Debuts Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab


(11/23/2016)
Harvard University hosted a formal dedication ceremony on Nov. 3 to officially open the new Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab in Allston. The two-story, 15,000-square-foot facility is the newest component of Harvard's growing innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, creating much-needed space for life science ventures.