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K-12 Schools

Average age of U.S. school buildings is just under 50 years

The average age of a main instructional school building in the United States is 49 years, according to a survey by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). About 38% of schools were built before 1970. Roughly half of the schools surveyed have undergone a major building renovation or addition.


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Sep 30, 2010

Luxury hotels lead industry in green accommodations

Results from the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s 2010 Lodging Survey showed that luxury and upper-upscale hotels are most likely to feature green amenities and earn green certifications. Results were tallied from 8,800 respondents, for a very respectable 18% response rate. Questions focused on 14 green-related categories, including allergy-free rooms, water-saving programs, energy management systems, recycling programs, green certification, and green renovation.

Sep 24, 2010

PPG to help inaugurate Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC)

PITTSBURGH, Sept 23, 2010 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) will participate in a ceremony Sept. 27 to…
Sep 22, 2010

Michael Van Valkenburg Assoc. wins St. Louis Gateway Arch design competition

Landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh and a multidisciplinary team of experts in “urban renewal, preservation, commemoration, social connections and ecological restoration” have been picked for the planning phase of The City+The Arch+The River 2015 International Design Competition.

Sep 21, 2010

Forecast: Existing buildings to earn 50% of green building certifications

A new report from Pike Research forecasts that by 2020, nearly half the green building certifications will be for existing buildings—accounting for 25 billion sf. The study, “Green Building Certification Programs,” analyzed current market and regulatory conditions related to green building certification programs, and found that green building remain robust during the recession and that certifications for existing buildings are an increasing area of focus.
Sep 16, 2010

Gehry’s Santa Monica Place gets a wave of changes

Omniplan, in association with Jerde Partnership, created an updated design for Santa Monica Place, a shopping mall designed by Frank Gehry in 1980.

Sep 13, 2010

Campus housing fosters community connection

A 600,000-sf complex on the University of Washington's Seattle campus will include four residence halls for 1,650 students and a 100-seat cafe, 8,000-sf grocery store, and conference center with 200-seat auditorium for both student and community use.

Sep 13, 2010

Second Time Around

A Building Team preserves the historic facade of a Broadway theater en route to creating the first green playhouse on the Great White Way.

Sep 13, 2010

Palos Community Hospital plans upgrades, expansion

A laboratory, pharmacy, critical care unit, perioperative services, and 192 new patient beds are part of Palos (Ill.) Community Hospital's 617,500-sf expansion and renovation.

Sep 13, 2010

Luxury hotel and residences planned for Osaka

The first InterContinental hotel in Osaka and the first InterContinental residences in Japan are…
Sep 13, 2010

China's largest single-phase hospital planned for Shanghai

RTKL's Los Angles office is designing the Shanghai Changzheng New Pudong Hospital, which will be the largest new hospital built in China in a single phase.

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