2016 Project to Watch Update: University of Massachusetts Celebrates Project Milestone

The $55 million, 76,000-square-foot expansion of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST), a 2016 Project to Watch, reached a major construction milestone on Sept. 26. The university officially celebrated the facility’s topping out in a celebration attended by students, faculty, staff and state and local officials.

New York Harbor School Center Emphasizes Marine Sciences

The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) and New York-based architectural firm John Ciardullo, P.C. (JC) recently completed the Marine and Science Technology (MAST) Center at the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School. The school is located on Governors Island, a 172-acre island located approximately 800 yards from the southern tip of Manhattan Island, and allows high school students interested in aquaculture and marine sciences to expand their studies.

Q&A: Trends In Wellness Facility Design

By Lindsey Coulter
National architecture firm SmithGroupJJR has a history designing both traditional recreation and athletics facilities as well as cutting edge wellness facilities. Its portfolio currently includes a new 92,000-square-foot student wellness center for the University of Colorado Denver, which will open in January of 2018; a hybrid recreation and wellness center at the University of Houston Clear Lake (to open in fall 2018) that includes general student recreation and wellness spaces in addition to labs and classrooms for the health and human performance department; and an outdoor recreation planning and implementation project for the University of Arkansas Fayetteville being phased through 2019.

Riverhead High School Integrates Community in Expansion

An expansion and renovation of Riverhead High School was recently completed as part of a $78.3 million bond issue-financed expansion, renovation and infrastructure improvement program at the Riverhead Central School District (CSD) — all of which is designed by Patchogue, N.Y.-based BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers (BBS). As the district’s flagship facility, the school was designed to represent the renewal of the Riverhead area — known as the gateway to the Hamptons and the North Fork Wine Region — by bridging the gap between education and the community.

A4LE Announces School Planning and Architectural Award Winners

On Sept. 12, the Scottsdale-based Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) announced the winners of its 2016 Exhibition of School Planning & Architectural Awards. Winners represent three different continents and span the entire education spectrum.