Architect Q&A: Mastering the Master Plan

By Lindsey Coulter
Master planning is critical to the long-term success of a school or university campus, and helps ensure all facilities are operating effectively and efficiently. Today, many architecture and planning firms list master planning among their specialties, and School Construction News spoke with representatives of two leading companies to learn more about their unique approaches to planning attractive, yet highly functional, campuses.

HGA Unveils Zero Energy 7x7x7 Plan for LATTC

A month after launching the 7x7x7: Design, Energy, Water school and university sustainability initiative, the California Division of the State Architect (DSA) got a first glimpse at how the initiative could soon impact school sustainability efforts. The initiative engaged seven experienced architecture firms to develop seven case studies in sustainable school design for seven representative school campuses. On Feb. 23, the DSA hosted the first architect presentations.

Maryland Capital Budget Includes University Construction Projects

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s recent $4.5 billion capital budget approval includes $314 million for new or continuing construction projects at universities in the state. One of the largest funding allocations, $162.8 million, will help support construction of the new Fisher College of Science and Mathematics building at Towson University in Towson.

New Schools, New Future for Ignacio School District

By Stuart Coppedge, AIA, LEED AP
The small town of Ignacio is located in the Southwestern region of Colorado, approximately 325 miles from Denver, and is surrounded by the 1,000-square-mile Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The location of the school district has made its population tri-cultural, including Southern Ute, Hispanic and Anglo heritages.

Wichita State on Track for Innovation Campus Debut

The new 116,000-square-foot Experiential Engineering Building and 90,000-square-foot Airbus North Engineering Center at Wichita State University are on track to debut this fall. Together, they will be the first buildings to open on the university’s 150-acre Innovation Campus, designed to enhance applied learning and research at the school.