Spending on Construction Put in Place has almost completely recovered from the hit it took during the recession. But spending in the Education sector continues to be well below its latest peak. Image: JLL
Post-recession slump suggests a settling in at a “normal” level similar to the mid aughts.
The two-story, 44,000-sf Central Middle School in San Carlos, Calif., is the first school to be constructed using Folia, a K-12 concept that leans on pre-engineering to provide greater design flexibility and customization, as well as quicker delivery (in under a year) and lower overall costs than traditional building methods. The concept is the brainchild of Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, Blach Construction, and structural engineer Gregory P. Luth and Associates. The firms have been refining the system for five years. Image: Tomasz Biernacki, Pechara Studio.
The Folia system uses pre-engineered components to deliver school buildings at 20% less cost. ...
A roll-up emergency department, next-gen telemedicine center, and biophilic cooling pods are amon...read more
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The new Sandy Hook Elementary School has been carefully designed with state-of-the-art safety mea...read more
LEx Labs prototype classroom, a joint venture of design firm Huckabee, Baylor University, and an education service center. Photo courtesy Huckabee
Space flexibility is critical to classroom design. Spaces have to be adaptable, even allowing for...read more
Charleston (S.C.) Catholic School Upper School Addition and Sacred Heart Church Renovation, designed by KSQ Design. Photo courtesy KSQ Design
Gilbane, Balfour Beatty, and Core Construction head Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking...read more
The 18,884-sf Collegiate Center addition to Thomas Edison Prepatory High School, Tulsa, Okla., has a floating cantilever study lounge. Two multipurpose rooms double as FEMA-361 safe rooms that can each protect up to 600 persons from winds up to 240 mph. The $4.4 million addition provides 15 distinct spaces. KSQ Design led the Building Team, with the assistance of Wallace Engineering (SE), AEG Engineering, and Crossland Construction (GC). Photo courtesy KSQ Design
AECOM, Jacobs, and STV top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest...read more
Recently completed Riverhead (N.Y.) High School expansion was one of the projects within the school district’s $78 million capital program where BBS Architects implemented the “Bridge” design concept. By improving and expanding schools built between the 1930s and the 1960s, the architects created a vibrant secondary downtown that serves–or bridges–the entire community. The thoughtful design was the catalyst that attracted new restaurants, and shopping and entertainment venues to an area that was formerly a sleepy crossroads. Photo: Tom Sibley/Wilk Marketing Communications
DLR Group, Stantec, and Huckabee top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’...read more
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The Academy for Global Citizenship’s new purpose-built structure, located in the Garfield Ridge n...read more
Westin hotel and transit center at Denver International Airport, Denver. Photo courtesy Gensler
Technology is running wild in Gensler’s 2016 forecast, as things like virtual reality, "smart" bu...read more
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The design of the high-rise is based on the template of Schools-within-Schools (SWIS), a system t...read more
This AIA CES Discovery course discusses the six elements of an EIFS wall assembly; common EIFS fa...read more
The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground is the first net-zero energy school in New York City. Rendering by SOM/Courtesy of the SCA
The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground will produce 662,500...read more
Intrinsic School, Chicago, combines STEM and humanities in podlike settings. The Intrinsic charter system was founded by CEO Melissa Zaikos. The Building Team: Wheeler Kearns Architects (designer), Enspect Engineering (SE), Wolff Landscape Architect, and Clune Construction (GC). Photo: Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing
Whether new or reconstructed, schools must meet new demands that emanate from the real world and...read more
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Despite the adverse weather conditions that curtailed design and construction activity in the fir...read more
Design highlights include a “living room” setting with flexible furniture. Photos courtesy LPA, Inc.
The school is located on the sixth and seventh floors of a downtown public library and embraces f...read more
In an effort to balance security and fire safety features within codes, standards and planning, N...read more
The addition at Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium integrates with the existing campus in one continuous flow. Photo: Jens Lindhe
By placing parts of the new building beneath the football fields, the students are able to walk t...read more
Clear fire-rated glazing transfers daylight. Image courtesy of TGP.
Clear fire-rated glazing helps create a light-filled, safe space for student athletes and spectat...read more
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The bill would suspend 70% cost reimbursement from state to localities.
The Vanderbilt Medical Center at One Hundred Oaks Mall transformed a former 1960s-era indoor shopping mall in Nashville, Tenn., into a mixed-use medical office center for Vanderbilt University. Photo courtesy Vanderbilt University
Approximately one-third of the country’s 1,200 enclosed malls are dead or dying. The good news is...read more
Students use a quiet zone at Falcon Virtual Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., a $1.2 million adaptive reuse of an aging manufacturing warehouse. Home-schooled students, working students, and transitional students can use spaces within the facility when they need to work together on projects or seek instructional support from teachers. DLR Group designed and planned the 20,000-sf facility for 400 students of Falcon School District 49. Photo: ©Ed LaCasse
How the latest design, construction, and teaching concepts are being implemented in the next gene...read more
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The Nevada Senate approved a bill that would suspend prevailing wage rules on school projects....
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When school districts demand the latest and greatest, they need to think about how those choices...read more
Wrestling room doubles as safe room at a Wichita, Kan., school. Photo: FEMA
Many school districts continue to resist mandating the inclusion of safe rooms or storm shelters...read more
The 11th high school in Houston’s Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District will be part of a 179-acre, 592,000-sf “educational village” that eventually will include middle and elementary schools. The project is one of dozens of new K-12 campuses being planned throughout Texas to keep up with the population growth. Rendering: PBK Architects, courtesy Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Many districts are struggling to have new construction and renovation keep pace with student popu...read more
Natural light floods the interior spaces. All photos: copyright Joseph Romeo
The 280,000-sf school achieved 91 points, out of 100 base points possible for LEED, making it the...read more
The complex will be filled with terraces and gardens where children can learn basic biology. All renderings courtesy Adam Wiercinski Architecture.
Forget the retrofit of a shipping container into a building for one moment. Designboom showcases...read more
Construction consultant FMI foresees—with some caveats—continuing growth in the office, lodging,...read more
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