Industry News

OM Seating Plot Twist

Campus Amenities

OM Seating’s Plot Twist Solution Gathers Accolades

The Plot Twist—a mobile, rotating pouf featuring a variety of customizations—has recently received a number of awards across the educational, healthcare, and commercial verticals, according to a news release from its manufacturer, OM Seating.

New Construction

Tufts University to Build New Residence Hall

Tufts University in Boston, Mass., recently announced that a new undergraduate residence hall for juniors and seniors is in the planning stages, according to a university news release.

Fordham University Student Center

Facility Focus

Fordham University Completes Renovations to Father McShane Student Center

The long-standing partnership between Fordham University and locally headquartered design firm HLW is deeply entwined with New York's architectural legacy. Its latest collaboration––the university's new center for student life––celebrates that history through a masterful bridging of old and new programs and aesthetics.


University of Pittsburgh to Build 20MW Solar Farm

The University of Pittsburgh recently began construction on a 20-megawatt solar farm that, once complete, will provide 100 percent of its electricity to the campus for the next twenty years, according to a university news release.

Professional Development

PBLWorks Opens Registration for Professional Development Conference

PBLWorks recently opened registration for PBL World 2023, a professional development conference focused on Project Based Learning, scheduled from June 26–29, 2023, in Napa Valley, Calif.

New Construction

San Diego Unified School District Opens New Elementary School

The San Diego Unified School District recently celebrated the grand opening of a new elementary school in Mission Valley, Calif.

New Construction

DIGroup Selected as Design Architect for New NYC PreK–5 School

The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) recently selected DIGroup Architecture as the design architect for a new PreK–5 school to be built in the Bronx borough of New York City, N.Y.

Alamo Colleges District

Campus Renovations

Alamo Colleges District Selects Program Management Services Provider

The Alamo Colleges District in San Antonio, Texas, recently announced that it has selected program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) to provide its services for a $270-million renovation project across various facilities.

Campus Amenities

Wesleyan University Installs Boiler that Converts Lost Heat into Electricity

Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., recently installed a new heating system in one of its residence halls that also generates free electricity, according to a news release.

New Construction

University of Vermont Opens New Medical Research Facility

The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., recently celebrated the grand opening of a new medical research building as part of the Larner College of Medicine. The Firestone Medical Research Building covers 62,650 square feet and will feature amenities like flexible research lab space, lab support, administrative space, core space for circulation, and more. It will also play home to multidisciplinary research teams in fields like lung disease, cancer, cardiovascular health, and brain health, according to a university news release.


EMU Selects Builders for 'Welcome Home 2025' Initiative

Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich., recently announced that it will partner with Gilbane Building Company, Clark Construction, and AVB Inc. for the three-year, $200-million campus renovation project, according to a news release. The “Welcome Home 2025” initiative consists of the new construction of two new residence halls, as well as renovations to all other campus dorms to improve amenities like HVAC, restrooms, and technology upgrades.

Lincoln School Retrofitted Exterior

Building Blueprints

Retrofitting An Old Target Store into a New School Campus

Studies show that retrofitting existing school buildings is both cheaper and greener, but what happens when a school district runs out of space for a growing student body?

New Construction

University of Memphis Breaks Ground on STEM Facility

The University of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn., recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new STEM Research and Classroom Building, according to university news. The two-story building comes with a price tag of $41 million, will cover 65,000 square feet, and is scheduled for completion in early 2024.

New Construction

Florida Polytechnic, IFF Lay Groundwork for Citrus Innovation Center

Representatives from Florida Polytechnic University and IFF recently gathered to celebrate laying the foundation for a new Citrus Innovation Center on the university’s campus in Lakeland, Fla.

VERVE West Lafayette Rendering

New Construction

Subtext Breaks Ground on Off-Campus Student Housing at Purdue University

Student housing development firm Subtext and Brinkmann Constructors recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a seven-story student housing development two blocks away from the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

New Construction

Texas District Breaks Ground on $140M Replacement High School

The Waco Independent School District in Waco, Texas, recently broke ground on a replacement facility for Waco High School.

Healthy Schools

ABM, S.C. District Partner on Energy Performance Contracting Program

Facility solutions provider ABM recently announced that it has initiated an Energy Performance Contracting Program with the Abbeville County School District (ACSD) in South Carolina. A news release reports that the solution will modernize facility infrastructure in all the district’s schools and save the district about $4.9 million in energy and operating costs over the next 15 years.

Campus Modernization

Five Ways to Turn an Existing Media Center into a Multipurpose, Collaborative Space

Our pre-K through eighth-grade Catholic parish school was built in 2001, so it’s still considered fairly “young” as far as educational institutions go. With education evolving at the speed of light over the last two decades, we simply can’t afford to rest on our laurels—even if those laurels are younger than those of most other schools.

New Construction

Wisconsin Tech School Breaks Ground on Public Safety Education Center

Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, Wis., held a groundbreaking ceremony this week for its new Public Safety Education Center, according to local news. The facility is the final piece of the ongoing Public Safety + Transportation Complex project, the result of a $32-million referendum that local voters passed in November 2020.

Campus Renovations

Princeton Theological Seminary Restores 1800s-Era Residence Hall

Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J., recently completed the restoration of the second-oldest residence hall on campus, according to a news release. The college partnered with Voith & Mactavish Architects LLP (VMA) to modernize Brown Hall, built in 1864.

Campus Technology

ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management Selects Display Technology Partner

The Arizona State University Thunderbird School of Global Management recently announced that it has selected products from visualization technology provider Planar to install in its new global headquarters in Phoenix, Ariz.

New Construction

Construction Begins on New Baltimore-Area High School

Baltimore County officials recently gathered to celebrate a groundbreaking ceremony for a replacement high school facility in Lansdowne, Md. The new Lansdowne High School comes with an estimated price tag of $156 million and will cover 318,461 square feet, according to local news.

Campus Security

Allegion Debuts K–12 Safety and Security Video Series

As part of Safe Schools Week, which runs from Oct. 16–22, security products and solutions provider Allegion has launched a new video series to provide K–12 administrators with resources regarding security, safety and funding.

New Construction

WIU Secures $119M in State Funding for Arts Center

After more than ten years of waiting, construction has finally begun on a new Center for Performing Arts (CPA) on the campus of Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.

Lehigh University Health | Science | Technology Building

New Construction

HGA Completes STEM Building at Lehigh University

Design firm HGA recently finished construction on a new STEM-oriented building for Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn. The Health | Science | Technology (HST) building is located in the northeast corner of campus and plays home to the university’s new College of Health, according to a press release.

Campus Amenities

Kimball International to Open New Boston Showroom

Furnishings provider Kimball International recently announced that it has found a new home for its showroom in Boston, Mass.

North Star Elementary School

New Construction

Kraus-Anderson Completes Three Schools for Minnesota District

Construction management firm Kraus-Anderson recently announced that it has finished construction on three projects for the White Bear Lake School District in White Bear Lake, Minn. According to a news release, the three schools are North Star Elementary, Birch Lake Elementary, and Lakeaires Elementary.

Campus Renovations

University of Utah to Expand Applied Sciences Building

The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, is set to begin construction on renovations and additions to its applied sciences building. Work will start in early October and consist of renovating 40,000 square feet inside the William Stewart Building for Applied Sciences, as well as building a 100,000-square-foot addition on the building’s west side.

Campus Renovations

UT-Austin Board of Regents Announces Campus Landmark Renovation

The University of Texas System Board of Regents recently announced that it will provide a $26-million lead investment toward the restoration and renovation of the UT Tower at the UT-Austin campus.

New Construction

UNC-Chapel Hill Breaks Ground on New Business School

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, located in Chapel Hill, N.C., recently broke ground on a new $150-million business school. The future Steven D. Bell Hall will play home to the Kenan-Flagler Business School to modernize its facilities and allow the school to accommodate about 50% more undergraduate students, according to university news.

Campus Amenities

Solatube Debuts SolaMaster Round Ceiling Fixtures

Tubular Daylighting Device (TDD) manufacturer Solatube International, Inc. recently introduced the newest addition to its SolaMaster product line. The Round Ceiling Fixture features a minimal ceiling intrusion that is almost flush with the ceiling itself, offering a clean, modern way to add daylighting into installation spaces.

New Construction

Alabama Elementary School Breaks Ground on Replacement Facility

Hartselle City Schools in Hartselle, Ala., recently broke ground on a replacement facility for the oldest school in its district. The new Crestline Elementary School will cover about 105,000 square feet, cost about $36 million, and is scheduled for completion in time for the beginning of the 2024–25 school year, according to local news.

Campus Technology

Educational Market Has “Mounted” a Huge Upgrade in A/V Technology—and the Devices to Support It

As the technology has advanced, both the elementary and secondary educational markets have sought to upgrade classrooms to keep pace with the changing technology. Of course, as the newest flatscreens, most advanced computer monitors, and cutting-edge interactive panels made their way into the classroom, there was an accompanying need to mount them.

Landscape Design

Smith College, MNLA Partner for 20-Year Landscape Master Plan

Smith College in Northampton, Mass., recently partnered with landscape architecture firm MNLA to complete a 20-year landscape master plan for its 147-acre campus.

New Construction

St. Mary’s College Opens New Performing Arts Building

St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s City, Maryland, recently debuted its new performing arts center to the public. The college held a daylong celebration on Saturday, Sept. 24, in honor of the new Nancy R. and Norton T. Dodge Performing Arts Center.

Case Study

University of Virginia Partners with BenchPro on Studio Space

The University of Virginia School of Architecture (UVA) is providing students with a new and improved design education environment which includes a 24,000 square foot renovation project as well as model making spaces.

West Feliciana High School Freshman Academy

Campus Renovations

Louisiana High School Opens New CTE Center

A Louisiana high school recently completed a series of construction and renovation projects with the ribbon-cutting for its new Career Technical Education Center.

indoor Air Quality

Poppy Health Releases Results of Pilot Study Regarding Indoor Air Safety Monitoring

Air monitoring systems provider Poppy Health recently released the results of a pilot study that it conducted alongside Primary.Health to test indoor air at California K–12 schools, according to a news release.

New Construction

LSU Health Shreveport, Perkins&Will to Collaborate on Dual Projects

LSU Health Shreveport and the Houston Studio of architecture and design firm Perkins&Will have announced design details about two upcoming projects for the academic medical center located in Shreveport, La.

Jeff Livingston, Spiezle Architectural Group


Spiezle Architectural Group Hires New Director of Campus Architecture

Architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, and planning firm Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc., recently announced that Jeff B. Livingston, RA, NCARB will join the firm as its new Director of Campus Architecture.