Three Maui Resorts Prioritize Sustainable Practices

When a state relies on tourism as its main source of revenue, it can be difficult to prioritize environmental sustainability over the comfort of guests, but Maui resorts are finding a balance in going green. Three standout resorts are reducing water waste, using and recycling local products, and focusing on alternative energy.

BREEAM Certification to Share Green Market with LEED in U.S.

The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM), the UK’s leading green-building rating system for 24 years, is coming to the U.S. as part of a partnership with San Francisco-based LEED consultancy BuildingWise. London-based Building Research Establishment (BRE) manages BREEAM certifications, and the new BREEAM In-Use International standard will evaluate the potential 5.6 million existing commercial buildings not currently certified in the U.S.

Schools Get High Marks for LED Lighting Upgrades

By Jim Ouellette and Ryan Berlin
In today’s fast-paced operating environment, the smart use of resources is a must for successful organizations, particularly schools, which are typically under pressure to balance rising costs with ever-tightening budgets. Easy opportunities to impact the bottom line probably exist right in your school’s lighting system. With lighting costs accounting for as much as 30 to 40 percent of the average school’s total energy expenses, lighting upgrades involving high-performing and energy-efficient LED retrofits can be a quick-to-implement means of improving your school’s lighting quality and performance while significantly reducing operating costs.

Transforming Sustainability Through Open Data in Design

By Vivian Dien
Last year, we launched Quartz Project, a collaborative open-data initiative to provide access to the information that we need to build sustainable, healthy buildings. In academia, open-data initiatives have encouraged sharing of clinical research to build on previous findings or conduct the same research across broader patient groups. In international development, where data is often difficult to gather but essential to making informed investments in areas from climate change to food insecurity, open-data initiatives have promoted a broader agreement on the biggest challenges and most promising solutions.

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.