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Extron Introduces AV Collaboration Solutions for K-12 Environments

Anaheim, California (June 29, 2015) - Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce TeamWork and ShareLink, systems that provide integrated collaboration solutions for a wide variety of classroom environments. The Extron TeamWork System is a simple, intuitive collaboration system that allows small groups of students to share content from both digital and analog sources on a common display. Extron ShareLink is a wireless collaboration gateway that allows schools to support almost any smartphone, tablet, or laptop that makes its way onto campus. Either system can be used to create a stand-alone collaboration or presentation system or be integrated with any PoleVault, WallVault, or PlenumVault system, allowing students to cooperatively share their work with the entire class.

"The shift in instruction pedagogy away from strictly lecture and towards more collaborative learning will have a dramatic impact on everything from technology used to the actual design of the classroom," says Anthony Cortes, Director of Sales and Marketing, K-12 Classroom Systems, for Extron. "Extron’s TeamWork and ShareLink systems are designed to help school districts easily create environments where students are able to work together and share a wide array of computing and display devices."

TeamWork System packages include source cables, a switcher, a system controller and a Cable Cubby enclosure, and are compatible with virtually any new or existing furniture system. The key to simple and intuitive operation is the "Show Me" cable which allows users to share their content with the push of a button. The system automatically powers on when a source is detected, and shuts down when all sources are disconnected.

ShareLink enables wireless presentation of content from almost any mobile device, including Apple® and Android® smartphones and tablets, or computers. The moderator feature provides instructors with complete control over which users have access the display. When multiple users are connected, ShareLink can display the content of up to four simultaneously, enhancing collaboration.

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Cleveland, Ohio – March 27, 2015 – LEARNING BY DESIGN has released its much-anticipated Spring 2015 edition showcasing the nation’s best education design and construction projects, from pre-K thru 12 to college and university facilities.

Of the dozens of architectural projects published four design projects stood out amongst the entries to win Grand Prize Awards.  The Grand Prize facilities where all unique and cater to different student age groups from Early Childhood / Elementary to Community College.

In addition to the Grand Prize winners, eight additional projects won either top Citation of Excellence or Honorable Mention Awards.  Each was contemporary in scope for its educational purpose, utilized good functional programing, employed sustainable stewardship, all enhanced, responded to, and met their community needs. The distinguished panel of architects reviewed all of the submissions and selected 55 outstanding, including top awards projects to be published in the spring Learning By Design Architectural Showcase.

This edition of LEARNING BY DESIGN was juried by a respected group of education design professionals including: Cara Armstrong, Director School of Architecture + Art, Norwich University, Norwich, VT; Rebecca Baibak P., AIA, LEED AP, REFP, NCARB, Principal at Integrus Architecture, Seattle, WA; Steven Bingler, Founder and President of Concordia in New Orleans, LA; David Hurley, AIA, Architect and Educational Design Consultant, San Francisco, CA; Bryan Koehn, AIA, Principal, Director of Design at Progressive | AE in Grand Rapids, MI.  Each juror brought strong opinions, professional experience-based insight and passion to the project review process and its outcome. Projects published came from across the entire United States, from Massachusetts-to-Alaska. In addition to great projects the edition includes some wonderful feature articles to enlighten the reader and industry about concepts of place, the value of nature in design, and the importance of purposeful yet distinct educational design settings.

To review all Award Winning projects visit: WWW.LEARNINGBYDESIGN.BIZ

Learning By Design for 24+ years has brought an armchair tour of some of the most innovative and effective education projects that have been recently undertaken across the United states to K-12 and post-secondary education facility and design decision makers. LEARNING BY DESIGN, published in the Spring and Fall each year, circulates to more than 50,000 leaders and decision makers at all levels of education—from early childhood and elementary schools to career-technical, college, and university-level institutions.

ALBANY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EYP and WHR Architects, two internationally recognized design firms, have merged to better serve today’s most pressing public and private building infrastructure needs: education, healthcare and energy. The strategic alliance provides unparalleled access to integrated thought leadership and high-performance design capabilities, regardless of client location.

“EYP and WHR are united by passion and purpose, fueled by research and focused on furthering our clients’ missions. They trust us to help them make well-informed decisions that will advance their vision and create lasting value,” said Tom Birdsey, AIA, President and CEO of EYP. “Understanding the intersection of technology, human experience, and the natural environment is key to building a more sustainable world and advancing a new paradigm for our profession. Our merger positions us to better help our clients negotiate this challenging landscape, and our increased national visibility will allow us to further expand our reach and continue to provide valued insight for clients in the healthcare, higher education and energy industries, among others.”

“As design professionals, we are uniquely positioned to help preserve and advance our culture in ways that enable individuals to prosper, including the transformation of the healthcare experience,” said David Watkins, FAIA, Chairman of WHR. “The culture and expertise WHR shares with EYP gives us the ability to help our clients better achieve their missions. I look forward to what this partnership holds for our future growth – as two design thought leaders, our strategic alliance offers public and private sector clients greater access to specialized expertise and expanded resources. The knowledge, tools and services EYP provides will be a crucial asset in helping clients embrace sustainability and collaborative design excellence.”

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November 4, 2014 (Silver Spring, MD)The Education Market Association (EDmarket) hosted the EDspaces Conference and Expo last week in Tampa, Florida, bringing together nearly 1,500 key decision makers, product experts, and exhibitor personnel to focus on how educational facilities, furniture, fixtures and equipment can impact student performance. A total of 150 companies exhibited new and innovative products in over 50,000 net square feet of exhibit space.

 For the first time, the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) held its Annual Fall Conference in conjunction with the EDspaces, and will continue for 2015 and beyond. The CAE was instrumental in planning an exceptional Educational Facility Tour that included stops at Florida Polytechnic University, Strawberry Crest High School and Tampa Prep Middle School.

The CAE sponsored the opening Keynote Address where Nirvan Mullick, Founder of the Imagination Foundation, energized the crowd by sharing his experience with “Caine’s Arcade”  a model for inspiring creativity in kids all around the world. The next day George Banty, Vice President of Sustainability for Interface, shared his experience with creating environmentally-friendly schools and workplaces. He is Chairman United States Green Building Council and active with EDspaces Knowledge Partner, the USGBC’s Center for Green Schools. At Friday’s General Session, the architects and school officials participating in a two-day design charrette sponsored by the American Architectural Foundation’s Design for Learning Program. The panel shared their findings to help Hillsborough County with their facility planning issue and expansion plans.

During the event, attendees could choose from over 30 CEU-accredited sessions both on and off the floor that delivered high-quality content focused on state-of-the-art, sustainable design and the changing face of learning environments. DEMCO hosted sessions in their Library/Learning Commons specialty space, while other sessions were held in exhibit hall classrooms furnished by Business Interiors by Staples.

 The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) awarded the winners of the 2nd Annual 2014 EDspaces Innovation Awards during the conference. The competition recognizes manufacturers and designers for excellence in product design for the learning environment. The judging panel this year included: Dan Bassano, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED-AP ID+C (Senior Interior Designer, Perkins+Will), Edwin Beltran, Associate IIDA, Assoc. AIA (Principal, NBBJ), and James Kerrigan, IIDA, LEED-AP ID+C (Design Principal, Jacobs). Winners receive recognition by both organization and media partner, Learning by Design.

The 2014 EDspaces Innovation Awards winners are as follows:


Borgo Contract Seating’s Privee



MooreCo’s Luxe Glass Gorilla Glass Whiteboard


Whitney Brothers’ Whitney Plus Imagination Room


Diversified Woodcrafts, Inc.’s Hydroponics Growing Center



Ergotron’s LearnFit Adjustable Standing Desk


VS America’s Shift+


Borgo Contract Seating’s Privee



ASSA ABLOY’s IN120 WiFi Lock

Not only were the best products on display but also the best place to learn. EDspaces showcased winners from the AIA CAE Design Awards and the Council of Educational Facility Planners International’s World Conference on Learning Environments in the exhibit hall. These jury-selected projects demonstrate quality of form, functionality, and current architectural responses that promote learning for people of all age groups.


Following the event, truckloads of products valued in past years at over $100,000 were donated to children in need through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County. “Our exhibitors are delighted to provide high-quality — and much-needed — resources to the students and teachers in the Tampa area,” says Jim McGarry, President/CEO of the Education Market Association.


The excitement and demand were apparent with exhibitors reserving 70 percent of available booth space for 2015 while at the event. EDspaces 2015 will be held October 28-30 in New Orleans, LA. Visit






Park Crossing High School Featured in the National Building Museum

Designing for Disaster exhibit highlights Alabama as the only state requiring schools to have storm shelter

WASHINGTON, D.C. — From earthquakes and hurricanes, to flooding and rising sea levels, natural disasters can strike anywhere and at any time. No region of the country is immune from the impacts and rising costs of disaster damage. In light of this stark reality, the National Building Museum (NBM) opened the multimedia exhibition titled Designing for Disaster, a call-to-action for citizen preparedness—from design professionals and local decision-makers to homeowners and school kids.

The exhibition explores strategies local leaders are currently pursuing to reduce their risks and build more disaster-resilient communities.

A portion of the exhibition focusing on state building codes recognizes Alabama as the only state to require tornado safe rooms in new schools and features Montgomery, Ala.’s brand new Park Crossing High School to demonstrate how these storm shelters are being integrated.

Designed by architects from Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc. (GMC), Park Crossing High boasts seven safe rooms within its multi-building, 165,390 square-foot campus. The storm-safe areas are integrated into classrooms and music/band rehearsal spaces throughout the school, which is safer than one large space and ensures everyone can reach a safe area in the shortest amount of time.

The rooms span two stories and are enclosed by rebar-reinforced concrete walls designed to meet the state-mandated Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters (ICC 500-2008). Heavy, steel shutters within the classrooms can be locked during severe weather events to keep debris and broken glass from flying inward, but also function as bulletin boards during regular class days. Altogether, Park Crossing has enough safe areas to protect 1,200 people from 250-mph winds.

GMC architects also designed Central High School of Clay County and Selma Public High School, the first schools in Alabama built to comply with the state-mandated ICC-500 Storm Shelter Standards that went into effect in July 2010. For more information, please contact Abby Basinger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



About Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc.

Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, Inc. is one of the Southeast’s largest privately held engineering and architecture firms. The firm’s headquarters is located in Montgomery, Ala., with offices located throughout Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina. For more information, and GMC’s Facebook Page.

 About the National Building Museum

The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution dedicated to advancing the quality of the built environment by educating people about its impact on their lives. Through its exhibitions, educational programs, online content, and publications, the Museum has become a vital forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the world we build for ourselves.

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SCUP 52nd Annual Conference

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