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Sense of Place

The renovation of an historic building in downtown Portland, formerly owned by the University of Oregon, has brought Portland Community College (Ore.) administrators together.

Rich in natural light, the building aims to help students be inspired by the school's mission, encouraging them to remember the need for accountability and transparency in international service.

"We're the new U." The tag-line is fitting for The University of North Texas at Dallas, which, in September became its own independent four-year university after a decade of being considered a branch campus of UNT in Denton. The just-opened second building on its campus creates a physical presence to complement the separate identity UNT Dallas officials have been building for themselves.

More than 300 students from five Kirkwood Community College (Iowa) programs study in state-of-the-art kitchens and classrooms, working alongside a 70-person professional staff.

What was originally supposed to be a renovation of the University Center at The University of Memphis (Tenn.) became a much bigger project.

Education students at The College of William & Mary (Va.) have a new building just for them?seven years in the making and the first time in 20 years that all of the school's people and programs will be housed together.

The Livingston campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey was in need of a new identity. Thanks to a push from students and the vision of leaders, it's well on its way to becoming a center for professional education.

FUNCTION: Student center with social, recreational, dining, and learning spaces, plus a flexible theater space allowing for five different event configurations

Young Harris College (Ga.) needed more housing, and fast. This project had to move forward ahead of even a new campus master plan.

FUNCTION: A two hundred-bed residence hall with 50 suites

An art gallery with exposed brick walls displays works by faculty, students, alumni and local artists and has become a gathering spot for both the college and broader community.

Montgomery County Community College (Pa.) and the broader community benefit from adaptive reuse.

With just a tiny chapel located within its student center and main academic building, it was time for a standalone chapel at Sacred Heart.