At San Diego State University, construction is under way on a 100,000-square-foot renovation and 30,000-square-foot expansion of the Storm and Nasatir building complex, built in 1957. The project will allow the buildings to meet current health and safety code standards as well as correct deferred maintenance issues and improve water and energy conservation. It is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. When completed in January 2015, the $73 million project will include new and upgraded classroom technologies, academic and research labs, and faculty offices for the College of Arts and Letters. The classroom building will provide new space for the Language Acquisition Resources Center. The design firm is LPA Inc., and the general contractor is C.W. Driver.
Delaware Valley College (Pa.) is also adding classroom space, within a new 38,000-square-foot, $15 million life sciences building. The facility will include an auditorium, an atrium, laboratories, a conference room, and classrooms. Classrooms and laboratories will be used by multiple departments. A glass-enclosed staircase will allow for views of the historic gates of the campus. On the grounds will be a natural amphitheater for concerts, events, and gatherings. Completion, which can be tracked via a livestream posted on the college’s website, is expected in time for the building to be used in spring 2014. The design firm is Kimmel Bogrette, and IMC Construction is the general contractor.
Beacon College (Fla.) has broken ground on a $2.1 million administration and classroom building in downtown Leesburg across from the public library. The former administration building was torn down in 2011. The facility, which is needed due to increasing student enrollment, will be the first new academic building in Beacon’s 23-year history. Involved in the project, which is scheduled for a spring 2013 completion, is Blaise/Fiebach Architecture and Evergreen Construction Management.