Read more about the Practice in Research/Research in Practice symposium held at the Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University and the M3 Architecture office in Brisbane from 27 to 28 July. Organized by Bond University, QUT and the University of Adelaide in collaboration with M3 Architecture, the event was supported by the Design and Architecture Practice Research (DAPR) grant from the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching, which is led by RMIT in association with 14 schools of architecture and design across Australia. 

The school is expected to serve up to 1,000 students in kindergarten through grade five, according to Cayenne Pea, a principal with Alakai Development who oversees finance and operations.

“Things are constantly changing and evolving with this, of course,” Pea says. “Right now, in the renderings that we do have, we are showing the school going up to 10 floors, but that will be vetted during the design process. Nothing is set in stone yet. One thing we do know is it’s not going to be the typical model of just classrooms and a hallway. We are looking at multiuse, communal areas that can be used for studying and music, and we’re thinking about how the way the students get from class to class will be different.”

The school’s projected price tag is $40 million, partially funded by a $16 million appropriation by the state Legislature for planning, design and initial building costs. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019. The site is being designed by WRNS Studio in collaboration with Ben Woo Architects.

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NEW YORK – September 8, 2017 – The Dodge Momentum Index moved lower in August, falling 2.4% to 129.1 (2000=100) from its revised July reading of 132.2. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. The decline in August can be attributed to an 8.7% drop in the commercial component of the Momentum Index, while the institutional component rose 7.3%. The commercial component has seen a steep rise over the past year as large projects – particularly office buildings – entered the planning cycle. The August retreat for the commercial component brings planning activity back to a level more consistent with a sustainable pace of development.

In August, eight projects entered planning each with a value of $100 million or more. For the institutional building sector, the leading projects were the $230 million University of New Mexico hospital replacement project in Albuquerque NM and a $218 million high school in Aledo TX.


Petaluma, Calif. (September 19, 2017)Juno, FrontRow’s award-winning classroom sound system now connects to other devices wirelessly via Bluetooth, making it even easier to improve listening in learning spaces.

“Technology overload can be a real problem in classrooms,” says Sean Penn, FrontRow’s Director of Product Management. “In keeping with FrontRow’s mantra of simplicity, it just makes sense to leverage Bluetooth to make teaching and learning even easier.”

FrontRow sees Bluetooth as an important addition to its own audio reinforcement technology because media audio is frequently part of instructional content and needs to be heard just as clearly as the teacher and student voices. Computer speakers aren’t adequate for this purpose and, until now, connecting that media to a proper classroom sound system required that the source be close enough to the system to run a cable. “Neither of those solutions is ideal in a dynamic, modern learning environment, so Juno with Bluetooth is the perfect solution,” says Penn.

Juno with Bluetooth:

  • Saves time and effort. Easily pair Bluetooth-enabled devices (2 simultaneously active) to stream audio content. Teachers can seamlessly switch between a smartphone and computer (or any two devices) without disconnecting and reconnecting.
  • Provides more freedom of movement. Since media connection is wireless, teachers can locate both Juno and their media sources where it makes the most sense.
  • Enriches lesson delivery and content variety. Allows impromptu streaming from Bluetooth-enabled devices, including tablets, phones, and media players and displays.
  • Supports expandable learning spaces. Robust signal handles large spaces.
  • Enhances student participation. Makes it easy to encourage students to share sound files with the class.
  • Creates a stereo high fidelity sound experience. Every student gets a front row seat to every note and word.
  • Allows for a more visually pleasing learning space. Reduces the need for messy cabling.

“Having Juno in the classroom is like having a full-time aide that helps students better connect with and better understand my lessons and instructions,” said Heather Sposato, Teacher at Penngrove Elementary School in California. “Now that Juno has Bluetooth, sharing audio from my laptop and

Apple TV is much easier, and the students benefit from dynamic lessons; they pay attention to the material better, and I can be anywhere in the room.”

Present in over 15,000 schools, FrontRow’s classroom audio systems are known for improving student comprehension equally throughout a learning space—leading to increased engagement and academic performance—as well as helping safeguard teachers’ voices, increasing their energy, and effectively curtailing the number of sick days they take due to voice disorders. A basic Juno system comprises an intelligent wireless microphone for the teacher, plus a vertically-arrayed tower that disperses the teacher’s voice and media audio to each student evenly across a learning space. Student microphones can be added to enhance participation, confidence-building, and group-activity reporting.

FrontRow’s product design philosophy is based on simplicity. The company’s products are easy to use and rich with features that make a sizeable impact in any learning environment. “We’ve already led the way with a smart microphone that, for example, lets teachers use voice commands to start lesson capture, or send an alert with a single button press,” says Penn. “We see Bluetooth as a continuation of that focus on simplicity.”

The new Bluetooth-enabled Juno will begin shipping in October.

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About FrontRow

FrontRow’s technology helps schools communicate effortlessly with students, groups, and devices. Schools choose FrontRow for its easy-to-use products, better academic outcomes, and a safer, more efficient campus. FrontRow is part of the William Demant Group—founded in 1904 and listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange (CSE3247)—through 45 Group companies in over 20 countries, its consolidated sales exceed US$1.9 billion.

About Bluetooth® Wireless Technology

Bluetooth technology is the global wireless standard for simple, secure connectivity. Propelled by a global community of nearly 30,000 companies, Bluetooth serves to unify, harmonize, and drive innovation in the vast range of connected devices all around us. Through collective creation and shared technical standards, Bluetooth simplifies, secures and enriches the technology experience of users worldwide. Find out more at


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SOLON, Ohio – Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, this year is celebrating the golden anniversary of Tandus Centiva’s Powerbond, the innovative hybrid resilient sheet flooring with a closed-cell cushion. The 50-year milestone will be told throughout 2017 through 50 stories that highlight its durability, impact on those who use it, and where Powerbond is headed for the future.

Powerbond hybrid resilient sheet flooring was ahead of its time when it launched in 1967 and is still ahead of its time today. Its heterogeneous construction of nylon and closed-cell cushion changed how people felt about flooring in many industries, especially education and healthcare flooring surfaces. It also changed how people came to expect their commercial flooring to perform. Because of Powerbond, not only are today’s floorcoverings expected to perform, they’re expected to remain beautiful throughout their lifespans. As Powerbond progressed throughout its 50 years, so did its design aesthetic.

“The enduring performance of Powerbond has made it a staple within a variety of sectors, as there are installations where Powerbond has been in use for 50 years,” said Rusty Joyce, Senior Vice President of Sales, Tandus Centiva. “However, we see it as more than a floorcovering. Whether a memorable moment in a child’s school career, when happy news was shared in the waiting room of a labor and delivery wing, or the exciting preparation moments in a hospitality bridal suite, people remember where they were standing during these life events. And Powerbond was there, quietly supporting the connections made.”

 In addition to its longevity, Powerbond contributes to Tarkett North America’s circular design principles. Powerbond is 100 percent recyclable through the company’s ReStart program, has low VOC emissions, includes 7 to 32 percent overall recycled content, and enhances energy savings. Powerbond remains a leader in innovation, and the Powerbond of tomorrow and the next 50 years will be pushing the boundaries off the wall and blazing trails as it always has.

“The first Powerbond story we told was one of a school in Colorado that has had the same flooring down for 50 years,” said Mausi McDaniel, Vice President of Brand Marketing, Tarkett North America. “So few products that withstand daily use still look and perform the same 50 years later. It’s amazing to see what this great product has done for its users during the past half century, and its story isn’t even close to being complete.”


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