San Luis Obispo Women’s Jail to Debut March 2017


(05/03/2016)
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


(05/03/2016)
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


(04/26/2016)
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
(04/26/2016)
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
(04/20/2016)
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.
 

Q&A: The Evolution of Green Design in Learning Environments

By Layne Gudenkauf
(04/20/2016)
For the past several years, providing a sustainable and productive environment for students to learn has become increasingly important and has caused design firms to create innovative and efficient facilities, while keeping student success in mind.
 

Plans Move Forward for New Federal Prison in Kentucky


(04/05/2016)
U.S. Rep. Hall Rogers’ office released a statement in late February that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) plans to use $444 million in federal money to construct a new federal prison on a 700-acre site in Roxana, although opponents could still block the project and the BOP has yet to release a final decision about the project.
 

Stalled Otero County Prison Solar Farm Likely to Proceed


(04/05/2016)
A partially finished solar farm located adjacent to the Otero County Prison in Chaparral will soon be completed and begin providing power to the correctional facility. County commissioners first approved the solar farm project in 2010, and in 2012 the commissioners also approved a 25-acre site lease to house the project. The county originally worked with Spanish firm AIR Cadmos Energy I Corporation, and planned to establish a 2.5-megawatt solar array. However, that plan was later downsized to a 1-megawatt array.
 

Bayamon Regional Prison Opens Medical Center


(03/30/2016)
The recently completed Centro Medico Correctional (CMC) facility in Bayamon received the Distinction Team Award at the 2015 Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo for its design and the contribution project architects made to the correctional health care design industry. New York-based Urbahn Architects worked as the lead design architect with Puerto Rico’s DS+C Architects + Engineers to complete the project.
 

Angier Elementary School Reopens in Sustainable New Facility


(03/30/2016)
Angier Elementary School students began 2016 in a brand new, state-of-the-art facility. The school, located in Newton, hosted its first day of classes on Jan. 6 after more than a year of construction, during which students were transferred to nearby Carr Elementary. The 74,960-square-foot school was completed for approximately $37.5 million and will serve up to 465 students.