- A 20,000-square-foot newsroom with a 360-degree assignment desk as well as television, radio, and vodcast studios will be at the heart of Wallis Annenberg Hall, a five-story, 88,000-square-foot facility for the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. A four-story atrium will feature a multistory digital media tower showcasing student programming, social media, and live broadcast news. The $50 million building was designed by Harley Ellis Devereaux (Los Angeles) and is scheduled for a fall 2014 opening. It will replace a facility designed in the 1970s to accommodate only 100 graduate students. The Annenberg School now serves 2,200 graduate and undergraduate students.
- Chatham University (Pa.) broke ground on the $40 million, initial phase of the new Eden Hall Campus, which will serve more than 1,000 students in a carbon and water resources-neutral, net-zero energy integrated facility. The university is calling the project, designed by Mithun (Seattle and San Francisco), “the first academic community in the world built from the ground up for sustainable development, living, and learning.” Field labs, classrooms, a café, an amphitheater, a mosaic garden, and infrastructure to be complete by fall 2013 comprise the initial phase. To come by 2015 are a dining hall and two residence halls. All will be built to meet LEED Platinum standards.
- Development company Capital Associates (Triangle Area, N.C.) broke ground on a new apartment complex on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus. The Greens on Centennial will hold 292 units, which faculty and staff are expected to rent when it’s completed in fall 2013.