School Construction

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 

October 23, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Post-recession slump suggests a settling in at a “normal” level similar to the mid aughts.

To accommodate rises in its national stature and enrollment, UC Merced has embarked on an ambitious four-year expansion program that will add new academic, housing, and student-life facilities to its enlarged campus. Image: University of California, Merced

October 19, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its growth strategy includes adding 1.2 million sf of space for teaching, housing, and research. ...

Photo: Michelle McLoughlin, Reuters

August 04, 2016 | Mary Ellen Godin, Reuters

The new Sandy Hook Elementary School has been carefully designed with state-of-the-art safety mea...

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LEx Labs prototype classroom, Huckabee

LEx Labs prototype classroom, a joint venture of design firm Huckabee, Baylor University, and an education service center. Photo courtesy Huckabee

August 01, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Space flexibility is critical to classroom design. Spaces have to be adaptable, even allowing for...

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Charleston Catholic School, KSQ Design

Charleston (S.C.) Catholic School Upper School Addition and Sacred Heart Church Renovation, designed by KSQ Design. Photo courtesy KSQ Design

August 01, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Gilbane, Balfour Beatty, and Core Construction head Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking...

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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


August 01, 2016 | BD+C Staff

AECOM, Jacobs, and STV top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest...

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Riverhead (N.Y.) High School, BBS Architects

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

August 01, 2016 | BD+C Staff

DLR Group, Stantec, and Huckabee top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’...

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UC Merced's campus will greatly expand over the next four years, as the state's Board of Regents has approved a design and construction plan that would allow the 11-year-old university to increase its enrollment by nearly 50%. Image: Courtesy UC Merced

July 22, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The state’s Board of Regents has approved a $1.34 billion plan that would add nearly 1.2 million...

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Construction in Tempe, Ariz. Photo: lunita lu/Creative Commons.

July 11, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Legislature accused of ignoring 1994 ruling ordering state to pick up some of the costs.


Florida clamps down on school construction spending

Melbourne (Fla.) High School. Photo: Scapler/Wikimedia Commons.

May 03, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Critics fear rules will hamper ability to build schools with desired features.


National report on school buildings reports $46 billion annual funding shortfall

Photo: Pasco County Schools/Creative Commons.

March 28, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Millions of students said to be learning in obsolete facilities.


Renderings courtesy Grimshaw, BVN

February 04, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The design of the high-rise is based on the template of Schools-within-Schools (SWIS), a system t...

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SCIENCE + TECHNOLOGY SECTOR GIANTS: HDR, Jensen Hughes, Skanska top S+T firm rankings

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Innovation Accelerator in Wauwatosa, Wis., was conceived as a place where business and industry meets academic research to launch intellectual property. On the Building Team: UWM Real Estate Foundation (developer), Eppstein Uhen Architects (architect), and Miron Construction (GC). Photo: C&N Photography, courtesy Eppstein Uhen Architects

September 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest S+T sector design and construction firms, as reported in...

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Gehry unveils plan for Children's Institute, Inc. campus in LA

Model of the Children's Institute Watts Campus, designed by Frank Gehry. Images courtesy Gehry Partners

September 14, 2015 | Children's Institute, Inc.

The new facility, which will have rooms for counseling, afterschool activities, and youth program...

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California Legislature expands design-build for schools

Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona, Calif. Photo: Carol Highsmith/Wikimedia Commons

September 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Also okays design-build for public works projects over $1 million

Innovation districts + tech clusters: How the ‘open innovation’ era is revitalizing urban cores

The explosive demand for tech office space in and around metropolitan areas has led to creative redevelopment opportunities for Building Teams. The Playa Jefferson complex in Playa Vista, Calif., remade a series of nondescript, low-rise office buildings into state-of-the-art tech space for mature and startup companies. Photo: Benny Chan Fotoworks, courtesy Gensler

August 26, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

In the race for highly coveted tech companies and startups, cities, institutions, and developers...

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K-12 SCHOOL SECTOR GIANTS: To succeed, school design must replicate real-world environments

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

August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Whether new or reconstructed, schools must meet new demands that emanate from the real world and...

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UNIVERSITY SECTOR GIANTS: Collaboration, creativity, technology—hallmarks of today’s campus facilities

The $50 million Oakland University Engineering Center, in Rochester, Mich., was completed last August by Walbridge (CM at risk). The five-story, 149,879-sf facility, designed by SmithGroupJJR, pulls together functions that were scattered over four buildings. The center provides instructional and R&D space for the university’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. Photo: Jason Robinson Photography, LLC 

August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

At a time when competition for the cream of the student/faculty crop is intensifying, colleges an...

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K - 12 Schools, college, Brighton, architecture, Rem Koolhaas, OMA

The project has been described as the biggest construction project in the school’s 170-year history. Renderings courtesy OMA

July 28, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Designs for what will be the biggest construction project in the school’s 170-year history featur...

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New document addresses school safety and security

Image: Pixabay

June 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

In an effort to balance security and fire safety features within codes, standards and planning, N...

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BD+C special report: What it takes to build 21st-Century Schools

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 

March 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

How the latest design, construction, and teaching concepts are being implemented in the next gene...

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Nevada moves to suspend prevailing wage rules on school projects

Photo: Stan Shebs via Wikimedia Common

March 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Nevada Senate approved a bill that would suspend prevailing wage rules on school projects....

Are energy management systems too complex for school facility staffs?

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March 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

When school districts demand the latest and greatest, they need to think about how those choices...

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Should your next school project include a safe room?

Wrestling room doubles as safe room at a Wichita, Kan., school. Photo: FEMA

February 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Many school districts continue to resist mandating the inclusion of safe rooms or storm shelters...

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Construction funding still scarce for many school districts

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

February 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Many districts are struggling to have new construction and renovation keep pace with student popu...

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D.C.'s Dunbar High School is world's highest-scoring LEED school, earns 91% of base credits

Natural light floods the interior spaces. All photos: copyright Joseph Romeo

February 26, 2015 | Perkins Eastman

The 280,000-sf school achieved 91 points, out of 100 base points possible for LEED, making it the...

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Polish architect designs modular ‘kids city’ kindergarten using shipping container frames

The complex will be filled with terraces and gardens where children can learn basic biology. All renderings courtesy Adam Wiercinski Architecture.

February 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Forget the retrofit of a shipping container into a building for one moment. Designboom showcases...

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Penn strengthens campus security by reviving its surrounding neighborhood

Security experts contend that camera surveillance loses its effectiveness if the images are not continuously monitored, as shown here in the University of Pennsylvania’s public safety command center. Penn is experimenting with using cameras to remotely identify people entering buildings. Photo: John Caulfield, BD+C

February 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

In 1996, the University of Pennsylvania’s sprawling campus in Philadelphia was in the grip of an...

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BD+C exclusive: How security is influencing campus design and construction

For the University of California–San Diego’s Health Sciences 2 Research Laboratory Building, ZGF Architects used a mix of lighting techniques to enhance safety. Occupancy sensors control lighting use in labs and offices. The ground-floor lobby is on a timer so that it can be illuminated at night. Photo: Nick Merrick © Hedrich Blessing

February 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Campus crime—whether real or perceived—presents Building Teams with more opportunities for early-...

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Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo: Mike Buck

Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo: Mike Buck

February 05, 2015 | Bruner Foundation

Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, S.C., and the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Downtown Market are amo...

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