Sense of Place

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.

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.

Colleges begin to define missions for New York's tax-free plan

The New York State Legislature approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to give new employers and their employees a decade of tax-free living if they locate on or near college campus.

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Randolf CC Opens New Continuing Ed and Industrial Center

A 46,000-square-foot abandoned furniture warehouse has been given new life as the continuing education and industrial center at Randolph Community College in Asheboro, N.C. The center includes seven classrooms; doubles the size of the Small Business Center; provides space for continuing ed classes and offices; houses a corporate training center; and doubles the space for the Computer-Integrated Machining program.

Continuing Education and Industrial Center at Randolph Community College

A 46,000-square-foot abandoned furniture warehouse has been given new life as the continuing education and industrial center at Randolph Community College in Asheboro, N.C.

Challenge

As with many community colleges, Randolph was in need of expansion due to large enrollment growth. Overflowing parking lots as well as classrooms in the machining program at the school led to an overhaul of the old Klaussner Furniture warehouse, located adjacent to the campus’ Health & Science Center and to Randolph Early College High School.

Nova Southeastern University’s Coral Reef Ecosystems Research Center

The new Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research at Nova Southeastern University (Fla.) is believed by officials to be the largest research facility dedicated to this research area in the nation. So it’s fitting that officials did it up big with the grand opening, featuring President George Hanbury and members of the media taking a ceremonial dive.  The facility is part of NSU’s Oceanographic Center at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park.