DePaul’s Theatre School Achieves LEED Gold

By Jessie Fetterling
(02/26/2014)
The Theatre School at DePaul University achieved LEED Gold certification earlier this month, becoming Chicago’s first performing arts building to achieve that level of certification. The 165,000-square-foot Theatre School debuted in time for the 2013-2014 school year. The facility has been in development since 2001, but the school had needed a proper facility for decades, said John Culbert, dean of the Theatre School.

Construction Begins on Las Cruces High School


(02/26/2014)
The first phase of renovations to Las Cruces High School is now underway. The $36 million construction project will revitalize numerous facilities across the 60-year-old campus, and include two new structures. Work on the high school, which is one of the state’s most populated, will include the addition of several new parking lots and athletic fields, as well as a new student drop-off/pick-up zone for parents. However, a 156,000-square-foot addition will have the greatest impact on the campus.

Joplin Schools Rebuilt on Same Site

By Jessie Fetterling
(02/13/2014)
The linked campus of Soaring Heights Elementary and East Middle School opened in Joplin in early January. Both schools needed to be rebuilt after they were struck by the May 2011 tornado that devastated the Joplin community and killed 161 people. In total, 10 buildings in the Joplin School District were damaged due to the tornado.

San Mateo Theater Debuts as Multipurpose Educational Space

By Jessie Fetterling
(02/13/2014)
Twenty-first century performing arts theaters serve more than just performing arts functions in today’s schools. Students and staff — as well as the rest of the community — use them for everything from presentations to video projections to discussion forums. As a result, the theater’s multipurpose role is affecting the way architects design performing arts spaces. T

Fifth Living Building Announced at Smith College


(02/12/2014)
The 2,300-square-foot Bechtel Environmental Classroom at Smith College in Whately recently became the world’s fifth living building and New England’s first under the Living Building Challenge. Amherst, Mass.-based Coldham & Hartman Architects served as the architect on the project, while Deerfield, Mass.-based Scapes Builders was the contractor.