Sense of Place

Campus groundbreakings: North Avenue Academic Building, Kean University

Also: University of Indianapolis' $28M Health Pavilion and Wabash College's new housing complex

This six-story, 114,700-square-foot mixed-use building will house the health and computer science programs and serve as a campus gateway when it is completed in July 2015.

Funded by $36.9 million in state bonds, the facility was designed by Gruskin Group (N.J.), which also worked on the Green Lane building, a gateway to the opposite end of campus that has similar exterior finishes.

McKinnon Center for Global Affairs at Occidental College

Building centralizes politics, foreign languages and other global-affairs programs

Old meets new at the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, a 40,000-square-foot facility that was formerly known as the 100-year-old Johnson Hall at Occidental College (Oxy) in Los Angeles.

CHALLENGE:

Politics, foreign languages and other global affairs-related majors are some of the Oxy’s most popular fields of study, but there hadn’t been a centralized location for these students and faculty, says Derek Shearer, director of the McKinnon Center.

Campus Groundbreakings: Center for Communications and Creative Media at Champlain College

Also: New buildings at Nova Southeastern University and The University of Texas at San Antonio

Center for Communications and Creative Media (CCM)

Champlain College (Vt.)

Planned occupancy: August 2015

Design: ColinLindberg Architects (Burlington, Vt.)

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.

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