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Jan. 3, 2012 | A Publication of American School & University


What's News

Chicago says half of its schools are underused

  • A new building utilization formula in Chicago has determined that half of all city public schools are underused, The Chicago Sun-Times reports. Read more
  • Work is expected to begin in 2012 on the Yonkers (N.Y.) school district's $1.7 billion plan to rehabilitate nearly all of its aging buildings, reports. Read more
  • Hand scanners are now commonly used for students to gain entry to University of Maine dining halls as a way to prevent students from sharing ID cards, The Bangor Daily News reports. Read more
  • The Pasco County (Fla.) school district faces a $4 million fine for failing to meet state class size requirements this fall, The Tampa Bay Times reports. Read more

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    Stats Corner

    Grants in jeopardy

    Source: The New York Times


    Construction Corner

    Texas district starts on high school expansion

  • Work has begun in Stafford, Texas, on a $33.65 million expansion of Stafford High School, The Houston Chronicle says. Read more
  • Corning (N.Y.) Community College is planning to build a residence hall that would house 300 students, The Corning Leader says.Read more

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    2012 Educational Interiors Showcase Call For Entries

    American School & University is now accepting entries for the 2012 Educational Interiors Showcase. Enter today for the chance to include your outstanding school or university project in the August 2012 Educational Interiors Showcase issue. Entry forms due March 7. Submission binders due April 13. Download the Call For Entries today.

    New bonus this year: Choose two or more pages for your project and receive a FREE print-ready PDF of your layout. Contact Molly Roudebush for more information about the 2012 Educational Interiors Showcase.

    AS&U Resources

    Now online from American School & University:

    Some architects who have suggested a metal building system for an education facility have been laughed at because of negative notions about metal buildings. Many think metal building systems are what Farmer Tom should add to his property to control costs, not what a school system needs. But if education institutions look past some of the misconceptions about metal building systems, they might find a solution for the next school project...

    Read the entire article, "The Business of School Building Construction."

    One way for education institutions to meet facility demands is to look off campus. Communities are peppered with abandoned industrial buildings: warehouses, big-box stores, manufacturing facilities....Although they may seem less than ideal, institutions can benefit from transforming these unconventional facilities into ones that suit academic needs...

    Read the entire article, "Supply and Demand in School Construction."



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  • Jan. 23-25: International Air-Conditioning, Heating Refrigeration Exposition, (AHR Expo), Chicago
  • Jan. 24-26: School and College Building Expo, Orlando, Fla.
  • Jan. 25-28: Association of American Colleges & Universities, annual meeting, Washington, D.C.

  • For more upcoming education-related events and conferences, visit our online calendar.


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