America’s First Solar Town Breaks Ground

One of the greenest communities in America, located east of Fort Meyers on the banks of the Coloosahatchie River in Florida, is currently under construction. Ten years ago, real estate developer Kitson & Partners bought the 91,000 acres for $500 million, promising the owners to donate most of the land to preservation.

Temple University Installs Green Roof Atop New Library

Temple University in Philadelphia has constructed multiple buildings to achieve LEED certification in the past years and continues to work towards a sustainable campus. The university’s current project is installing a green roof on top of the new library. The green roof will be one of the largest in Pennsylvania, according to Temple Update.

Detroit Medical Center Creates Cardboard City During Design

The Detroit Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Troy opened its doors on Feb. 1. Throughout the course of construction on the 63,000-square-foot hospital, the project team used lean design to lower costs and decrease the building space required for the project.

Rachlin Partners Creates STEM Acronym for Design

Rachlin Partners, an architecture firm based in Culver City, is helping transform the traditional school model into a 21st century learning space, where teachers and staff can advance the ideas of collaboration and project-based learning.

Architect Q&A: Mastering the Master Plan

By Lindsey Coulter
Master planning is critical to the long-term success of a school or university campus, and helps ensure all facilities are operating effectively and efficiently. Today, many architecture and planning firms list master planning among their specialties, and School Construction News spoke with representatives of two leading companies to learn more about their unique approaches to planning attractive, yet highly functional, campuses.

San Luis Obispo Women’s Jail to Debut March 2017

Construction on the much-anticipated San Luis Obispo County women’s jail broke ground in February 2014 and is well underway for a March 2017 opening.

Monongalia County Brings Court Operations Under One Roof

The new Monongalia County Justice Center in Morgantown opened in August 2015 in the former Harley O. Staggers Federal Building and regional post office. The $18 million adaptive-reuse project not only brings life to a building that was vacant for more than eight years, but also provides a more ordered, functional and secure facility for the county’s court operations.

HGA Unveils Zero Energy 7x7x7 Plan for LATTC

A month after launching the 7x7x7: Design, Energy, Water school and university sustainability initiative, the California Division of the State Architect (DSA) got a first glimpse at how the initiative could soon impact school sustainability efforts. The initiative engaged seven experienced architecture firms to develop seven case studies in sustainable school design for seven representative school campuses. On Feb. 23, the DSA hosted the first architect presentations.

New Schools, New Future for Ignacio School District

By Stuart Coppedge, AIA, LEED AP
The small town of Ignacio is located in the Southwestern region of Colorado, approximately 325 miles from Denver, and is surrounded by the 1,000-square-mile Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The location of the school district has made its population tricultural, including Southern Ute, Hispanic and Anglo heritages.

New Charter Oak School to Incorporate IB Learning Principals

By Jessie Fetterling
The new Charter Oak International Academy in West Hartford is on schedule to debut in time for the 2016-2017 school year. Designed by Stamford, Conn.-based Perkins Eastman, the project will address two goals for West Hartford Public Schools: To expand both public school Pre-K instruction and magnet school enrollment at Charter Oak to meet the state of Connecticut’s mandated racial balance goals, according to Chip Ward, director of finance and planning for the school district. Once completed, Charter Oak will admit 80 students per grade from Pre-K through fifth grade to serve a total of 560 students.