Sense of Place

New tower rises at Berklee College of Music

14,000-square-foot addition makes room for growing enrollment, adds studio space

People walking past 160 Massachusetts Ave. in Boston are likely to both see and hear beautiful music being made. That’s the point of this 14,000-square-foot addition to Berklee College of Music.

Campus Groundbreakings: Public Safety Institute at Eastern Florida State College

Projects also underway at Kennebec Valley Community College and Ocean County College

Public Safety Institute

Eastern Florida State College, Melbourne campus

Planned occupancy: February 2015

Design: BRPH (Melbourne, Fla.)

The $13.2 million, 66,500- square-foot facility—featuring a mock jail cell and mock courtroom—will provide training for law enforcement officers, corrections officers, firefighters and others in public safety roles. School officials are seeking funding for three additional buildings for the campus.

Dion Family Student Center becomes a hub at Saint Michael’s College

40,000-square-foot building has lounges, meeting rooms, eateries and more

Located in the heart of campus at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, the 40,000-square-foot Dion Family Student Center offers a centralized space, housing a variety of student services. Nearly half the student population can access the center right from their dorms.

CHALLENGE:

Students had used the Alliot Student Center, built to serve less than 900 students, since 1961. Full-time enrollment is now approaching 2,000. Alliot also didn’t provide much beyond a dining hall and bookstore.

Campus groundbreakings: West Virginia State University starts work on residence hall

Also: University of Mary Washington at work on new campus center

West Virginia State University broke ground in October on a 291-bed, $20 million residence hall, the first to be constructed on campus since 1969. The four-story building will sit prominently on the main lawn of campus and provide a “pass through” between the student union and quad.

Bloch Executive Hall at University of Missouri-Kansas City

Three-story, 58,000-square-foot Bloch Hall designed for active learning

Sitting adjacent to UMKC’s historic School of Management building, and now complementing it, is the new Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Millersville, New College Institute and University of North Texas update campuses

Millersville University (Pa.) replacing all 2,200 beds on campus with suite-style accommodations

Millersville University (Pa.) broke ground in September on phase one of a new living-learning community complex. It’s the first step in a commitment to replace all 2,200 beds on campus with suite-style accommodations. Located at one end of the campus’ residential quad, the community will have clusters of 24 to 44 students.

Sense of Place: School of Education building at The College of New Jersey

79,000-square-foot facility contains classrooms, faculty offices, and areas for hands-on science teacher training

A new School of Education building proves it’s possible to maintain the identities of campus departments while also fostering collaboration. The 79,000-square-foot facility at The College of New Jersey contains classrooms, faculty offices, and areas for hands-on science teacher training, science pedagogy research, group dynamics observation, and model classrooms.

Campuses break ground on housing, classrooms over the summer

Howard University's (D.C.) $107 million housing project is slated for August 2014 completion.

Campus Apartments broke ground on an estimated $107 million housing project at Howard University (D.C.). in March. The 1,360-bed project, slated for August 2014 completion, includes two on-campus facilities that will bring underclassmen closer to the campus core. The residences will offer two-person semisuites, social and study lounges, game rooms, and laundry facilities, as well as independent apartment units for faculty, staff, and guests.

Armstrong Atlantic State University gets creative when funds fall through

Armstrong Atlantic State Univesity's Learning Commons is a satellite library with spaces for students to use technology and collaborate

Campus Groundbreakings

  • Young Harris College (Ga.) broke ground on a $41 million, 125-square-foot campus center in April. To be the largest structure on campus and completed in fall 2014, the project is the centerpiece of YHC’s master plan. It will house a multipurpose student center, a library, an expanded dining hall, and a banquet facility. Student-facing offices such as admissions and advising will be housed there. VMDO Architects (Charlottesville, Va.) is handling design. The general contractor is Choate Construction Company (Atlanta).

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