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Campus Security

Suspect in Pa. School Shooting Turns Himself In

A suspect involved in a shooting at Erie High School in Erie, Pa., on Tuesday, April 5, turned himself into the Erie Police Department on Wednesday, April 6, according to national news.

Campus Technology

Tech Companies Partner to Bring Cellular Coverage to Schools

Two tech companies—Athonet, which offers private network technology solutions, and BearCom, a wireless integrator—recently announced that they are partnering to bring private cellular coverage including LTE, 5G and CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) to North American schools.

Building Interiors

Serge Ferrari Group Debuts Building Skin for Interiors

Serge Ferrari Group, a manufacturer of flexible composite membranes, recently launched a lightweight and durable building skin intended for indoor spaces.

New Construction

CU Denver Selects Design Firm for New STEM Building

The University of Colorado Denver recently selected architecture firm SmithGroup to design its new engineering, design and computing building.

New Construction

UT-Austin Breaks Ground on Grad Student Housing

The University of Texas at Austin recently began construction on a graduate student housing development in the Blackland neighborhood in East Austin, according to a news release.

Campus Sustainability

Indiana High School Installs Solar Farm

Shakamak High School in Jasonville, Ind., recently installed a solar farm that is projected to save the school more than $1 million across the next 12 years, according to local news.

Healthy Schools

Schools See Vital Protections with Antimicrobial Copper

As the pandemic continues to affect the status of education, challenging school districts to develop plans that protect the need to learn, antimicrobial copper can play an effective role in a lasting strategy to combat the spread of infection.

New Construction

DFW-Area District Plans New Middle School

The Richardson Independent School District in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex recently approved a budget for the construction of a new middle school. The district’s board of trustees voted on April 11 to approve $81 million toward the construction of the new Lake Highlands Middle School.

Campus Renovations

Illinois High School to See $93.2M Renovation Project

Officials from Springfield School District 186 in Springfield, Ill., gathered last week to break ground on renovations to Lanphier High School. The project comes with a price tag of $93.2 million and is expected for completion by December 2023.

Bristol Aggie Lab

Campus Design

Hands-On Learning Spaces: 5 Lessons from Career Tech

The expanding importance of STEM education and project-based learning requires a rethinking of the traditional school planning and design process. A practical way to start is to adopt a broader, non-traditional mindset - especially during a school project’s conceptual phases.

Overly Tall Wood Acoustic Door

Campus Amenities

Overly Door Company Introduces Taller Option

Overly Door Company in Greensburg, Pa., recently announced that it has introduced a larger version of its Wood Acoustic Door.

New Construction

Texas District Breaks Ground on New Elementary School

The Bushland Independent School District in Bushland, Texas—located near Amarillo, in the state’s panhandle—recently broke ground on a new elementary school.

OSU Reser Stadium Rendering

Campus Design

Oregon State University Reveals Stadium Redesign

The Reser Stadium Expansion at Oregon State University (OSU) will transform the stadium into a best-in-class football facility with year-round amenities accessible by all students, athletes, faculty and staff. SRG Partnership, in collaboration with Populous, and design-build partner Hoffman Construction are leading the project which puts the fan experience front and center.

New Construction

Maryland to See New $180M High School

Montgomery County Public Schools recently approved design plans for a new, $180-million high school in Gaithersburg, Md.

Indoor Air Quality

Spring Cleaning Your Facility: Understanding Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality technology is complicated, mostly because you can't see it. There remains a lot of confusion about expectations of these devices and what they truly are (and aren’t) capable of. Here’s what you want to consider before installing these devices in your facility.

New Construction

Howard University Announces $785M Construction, Renovation Plan

Howard University in Washington, D.C., recently announced plans for a $785-million construction initiative that will involve building three new academic halls and renovating multiple existing structures around campus.

New Construction

Calif. Community College Breaks Ground on STEM Education Facility

The Mt. San Jacinto Community College District recently broke ground on a new STEM Education building for its San Jacinto Campus in San Jacinto, Calif.

Campus Technology

Sharp NEC Display Solutions Debuts New Installation Projector

Projector and display solutions company Sharp NEC Display Solutions recently announced the introduction of a new professional installation projector, the PX2201UL.

Fremont Union High School District District Office and Adult School Building

New Construction

California District Completes District Office, Adult School Building

The Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD) in Sunnyvale, Calif., recently saw the completion of a new District Office and Adult School Building for the district.

Campus Renovations

Transforming a Dormant Computer Lab into an Engaging, Modern Learning Space

One school's plan to give each student a laptop not only eliminated the need for computer labs, but it also freed up physical space in its media center to repurpose a fairly large lab.

Campus Safety

Mental Health, COVID Safety Top Concerns for Higher Ed in the Coming Year

New research finds that, in higher education, student and faculty/staff mental health are high up on the list of safety concerns, although COVID–19 safety measures remain the top concern.

Crisis Communications

Use of Anonymous Reporting Tools Declines in K–12

In a new report about crisis communications, a full quarter (25%) of respondents who work in K–12 reported that their students do not have a means of reporting tips anonymously. This at a time when concerns about violence on campus are dramatically up.

School Safety

COVID No Longer Dominates Concerns in K–12 Schools

New research finds that COVID–19 safety measures are no longer the top concern among K–12 school administrators and staff. While it's still one important issue, the top concern for the coming year is student mental health.

Policy & Funding

White House Launches Clean Air in Buildings Challenge

The White House launched a new program Thursday, calling on schools, colleges and universities to work to improve indoor air quality. In conjunction with the launch, the Environmental Protection Agency also released new guidelines for best practices for improving indoor air quality and reducing the spread of COVID-19 further.

Biola University Bardwell Hall

Campus Renovations

Biola University Dedicates Renovated Building to Art Department

In the fall of 2021, Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. dedicated a completely transformed and remodeled Bardwell Hall as the new home for the visual arts — moving the art department from its former home at the fringes of campus to a vibrant facility right at the core.

New Construction

Providence College Plans $54M Residence Hall

Providence College in Providence, R.I., has developed plans to build a $54-million, six-story residence hall that could potentially open in September 2023.

Kent State University Crawford Hall groundbreaking

New Construction

Kent State Breaks Ground on Business College’s Future Home

Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, recently broke ground on a new facility for the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

Campus Expansion

Iowa High School Breaks Ground on New Music Wing

Keokuk High School in Keokuk, Iowa, recently began construction on a new wing to provide additional space to the fine arts department.

Campus Renovation

Fla. Elementary School to Add Middle School Expansion

The Polk County School Board in Davenport, Fla., recently approved funding to expand the campus of Bella Citta Elementary School to add a middle school.

Manor Early College High School Rendering

New Construction

Manor ISD Breaks Ground on New High School

Officials from the Manor Independent School District in Manor, Texas, recently broke ground on a new high school facility. The upcoming Early College High School will cover about 85,000 square feet and provide a “collegiate atmosphere” to a capacity of about 800 students, according to a press release.

New Construction

High Point University Announces $400M Academic Expansion

Officials at High Point University in High Point, N.C., recently announced a $400-million academic expansion to include four new schools, including a law school. The announcement came on the heels of the university receiving three gifts from three totaling $100 million within the last month.

New Construction

TCU Announces New Medical Campus in Fort Worth

Texas Christian University recently announced that it will be building a new campus for the TCU School of Medicine in the Fort Worth Medical District in Fort Worth, Texas.


Boise State Announces Partnership with Stellar Cyber

Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, recently announced a partnership with Stellar Cyber to adopt a new cybersecurity program for one of its institutes.

Marquette Wellness Recreation Center

New Construction

Marquette University Announces Renovated Wellness and Recreation Facility

Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., recently revealed plans for a major renovation to the Helfaer Tennis Stadium and Recreation Center. The building will be reimagined as the Wellness + Recreation facility, and it will unite the school’s fitness and recreation services with its counseling center and medical clinic under one roof.

Campus Renovations

Two Montessori Schools to Merge in Lansing, Mich.

Local news reports that the Lansing School District in Lansing, Mich., will be merging its two Montessori schools into one building starting next year.

Campus Transportation

Zum Debuts Electric School Buses in Two Calif. Districts

Modern student transportation solutions company Zum announced recently that it has deployed its first batch of electric school buses. The six LionC electric school buses, manufactured by Lion Electric, are already serving students in the San Francisco Unified School District and the Oakland Unified School District, according to a press release.

Menifee Valley Middle School

New Construction

C.W. Driver Completes $38M Middle School Reconstruction

Builder C.W. Driver Companies recently announced the completion of a $38-million reconstruction project for Menifee Valley Middle School in Menifee, Calif. The project involved converting more than 71,000 square feet of the campus into a magnet school for visual and performing arts.

New Construction

Baylor University Construction Accident Injures Two

During the construction of Baylor University’s new Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center, two workers fell 35 feet after a scaffolding collapse and were taken to the hospital on Wednesday, March 2, in Waco, Texas, according to local authorities.

Campus Renovation

Williams College Plans Expansion of Campus Diversity Center

Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., will start construction this summer on a $27.5-million expansion to its campus diversity center.

New Construction

Texas District Awards Construction Contract for New Elementary School

The Friendswood Independent School District in Friendswood, Texas, is ready to begin construction on a new elementary school nearly two years after the original bond was approved. The district’s board of trustees selected Satterfield & Pontikes Construction as the project’s construction manager at its board workshop meeting on Monday, Feb. 28.