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Mohawk receives Canada’s first zero carbon dual certification

The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation at Mohawk College has become the first building in Canada to receive Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Standard certification in both the Design and Performance categories from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The high-performance building envelope, consisting of triple-pane glazing and insulated pre-cast sandwich panels, maximizes heating, cooling and natural light.

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Construction complete on University of Colorado Boulder’s sustainable residence hall Williams Village East

Williams Village East was designed to achieve a LEED Platinum certification under LEED v4. A sustainability feature includes windows with electrochromic glazing that adjust the shading based on the time of day and year. The $96.7 million residence hall was designed by St. Louis-based KWK Architects as part of the design-build team; architect-of-record alm2s of Fort Collins, Colo.; and Whiting-Turner Contracting Company of Denver.

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Danni Washington, TV Host and Ocean Explorer, Announced as Keynote Speaker for Green Schools Conference & Expo

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that TV personality and science communicator Danni Washington will keynote the annual Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE), taking place March 2-4, 2020, at the Hilton Portland Downtown in Portland, Ore. GSCE is the only national event to bring together people who lead, operate, build and teach in U.S. schools. GSCE will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2020. Registration is currently open.

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Sustainable design featured at Charles Library at Temple University in Philadelphia

As part of a $1.2 billion capital improvement program for its Main Campus in North Philadelphia, Temple University commissioned Stantec, as part of a joint venture with Snøhetta, to design its new library. The building’s base is covered in granite and appears different in color depending on the time of day, creating an evocative mood. Glass is strategically positioned at the three entrances to allow in the natural light and foster a sense of transparency.

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Glenarden Woods Elementary School earns LEED Gold

Prince George’s County Public Schools’ Glenarden Woods Elementary School, designed by Moseley Architects, recently earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The project incorporated energy efficiency strategies in the building envelope design; efficient systems and equipment; and the introduction of daylight throughout the core learning spaces.

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KAI designs St. Louis Community College Center for Nursing and Health Sciences

New St. Louis Community College (STLCC) Center for Nursing and Health Sciences’ exterior is comprised of brick and metal panels, solar glass and shading, and an illuminated section. In respect to the interior, according to KAI Senior Interior Designer Terry Crotty, the LEED v4 requirements called for the use of lightly colored, highly reflective materials on the floors, ceilings and work surfaces.

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PPG survey reveals 97% of respondents find classroom color, design positively affect student engagement

Nearly 900 teachers, parents and educational administrators across the U.S. completed the online PPG survey, with 97% of participants saying colors and décor are meaningful to positively affecting student engagement. “Paint colors are a powerful tool for impacting the aesthetic of a space, but they also have the potential to impact the emotions or experience one has within the space,” said Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager, architectural coatings. “We found this to be particularly true in educational settings, where color can stimulate learning, promote imagination and encourage creative thinking.”

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Small town invigorated by new STEAM learning center

Groton Central School District’s $4.8 million STEAM center is a renovated 8,000-square-foot lab and shared-learning space. Ashley McGraw merged the district’s curriculum with the overarching concept using form, light, and materials to create a modern learning environment where both teachers and students will feel valued, focused, and inquisitive.

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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology breaks ground on second academic tower

“As the University expands its downtown Harrisburg footprint with this second academic tower, Stantec’s work for HUST represents the latest in a growing trend for health sciences education,” Alex Wing, principal for Stantec. “Statistics from the Bureau for Labor indicate healthcare occupation employment is projected to grow 18 percent through 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs. Because of this greater demand for healthcare services, academic institutions will find value in establishing flexible facilities able to adapt to changing needs.”

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