Troy University to Build Cultural Arts Park

Troy University will soon be home to 200 life-sized Chinese terra cotta warrior statues from Shannxi, China. The replica Terra Cotta Army collection is one of the key elements to make up the university’s new Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park, which will serve as a cultural arts centerpiece to help build the relationship between the university and the community.

Deferred School Maintenance: Pay Now or Pay More Later

By Scott Leopold
Deferred maintenance in K-12 schools has become a $271 billion problem, according to the 2016 State of our Schools: America’s K-12 Facilities report released by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, the 21st Century School Fund and the National Council on School Facilities. Adding lifecycle costs brings the estimate up to $542 billion. The report focuses on 20 years of school facility investments nationwide and the funding needed to make up for annual investment shortfalls in essential repairs and upgrades. Only three states’ average spending levels meet or exceed the standards for investment: Texas, Florida and Georgia.

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to Build Science Building

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) is targeting a 2018 completion for its new $75 million chemistry biology building after breaking ground on May 5.

Central Michigan University Adds Green Roof to Bioscience Building

Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant recently completed the installation of a new 6,700-square-foot green roof on its new, soon-to-be-completed Biosciences Building, where students and staff will conduct both health and environmental research.

The Gold Standard in Program Management: Part 2

By Christopher S. Dunlavey, FAIA
Across the nation, school districts from big cities to outer suburbs face massive and growing needs for capital investment in their facilities. To varying degrees, they are recognizing and responding to these concerns by planning for bond issues, applying for state funding and developing facility master plans. Most districts are only partly aware, however, of the scale and complexity of the challenges they face in implementing these programs successfully.