University of Cincinnati “Glass House” Earns AIA Award

CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati’s “Glass House,” Morgens Hall, recently earned a 2015 American Institute of Architects (AIA) of Ohio Award. The project team incorporated a number of sustainable and energy-efficient features and building techniques into the innovative renovation, which also earned the hall LEED Silver certification in 2015, according to the University of Cincinnati.

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Architect Q&A: Mastering the Master Plan

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.

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Cardiff University Selects Architect for $110 Million Project

CARDIFF, Wales — Cardiff University in Cardiff is making good on plans to invest roughly £300 million (more than $425 million) in cutting edge new research and teaching facilities.

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University of Glasgow Embarks On More New Construction

GLASGOW, Scotland — Building on 2010-2015 strategic plan growth, the University of Glasgow is now moving forward on the design and construction of a new 150,000-square-foot research building on it’s 74-acre Gilmorehill Campus. The $58 million project will provide a state-of-the-art facility for university researchers to investigate significant global challenges including energy demand and waste management. The building is expected to be complete in 2019.

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University of North Dakota Campus Sees Construction Boom

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The University of North Dakota has experienced substantial growth and change in recent months with the construction and completion of a number of new buildings across multiple departments.

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New Mount Royal University Performing Arts Center Debuts

CALGARY, Alberta — The Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, the newest addition to the Mount Royal University campus in Calgary, opened with an event at the center’s Bella Concert Hall on Aug. 26. The facility aims to reset the standard for music education in Canada.

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Oregon State University Targets Construction Safety

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The College of Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis is developing a facility geared toward improving safety for both construction workers and the general public.

A $1 million grant to the college from Knife River Corporation and MDU Construction Services Group, both headquartered in Bismarck, N.D., will help establish the MDU Resources Group Construction Safety Laboratory. The lab will replicate real-world jobsites and simulate worker activity to examine potential hazards.

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University of Iowa Approves 1,000-Bed Residence Hall

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Plans for an 800-bed residence hall approved by the University of Iowa Board of Regents in September 2014 were updated in February, increasing the building’s capacity to house more than 1,000 students. When completed, the 12-story, 303,000-square-foot building will be the largest student residence facility on campus.

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Peaceful Oasis Built for Stanford University

STANFORD, Calif. — The Windhover Contemplative Center, which was completed in October 2014, stands in stark contrast to the rest of the bustling Stanford University Campus in Stanford, Calif.

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University of Wisconsin Selects Science Facility Design Team

LA CROSSE, Wis. — University of Wisconsin La Crosse leaders have selected the collaborative of SmithGroupJJR, headquartered in Detroit, and local partner River Architects of La Crosse to design the university’s new $82 million instructional science facility. The project will involve a complete replacement of the school’s existing Cowley Hall, built in 1965, which houses the current UW-La Crosse science instruction facility.

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