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2007 Conference: EEE rewards firms for innovative designs

Cordogan, Clark & Associates, Inc. of Aurora and Healy, Bender & Associates, Inc., of Naperville won the top Awards of Distinction in the 2007 Invitational Exhibition of Educational Environments (EEE) program.

This is the second consecutive year that both firms won the top honors in the juried school design program.

Cordogan Clark's award was for work on the Robert L. Herget Middle School in Aurora West USD 129; Healy Bender's award was for its work at Madison Elementary School in Hinsdale CCSD 181.

Representatives from the firms and the districts accepted their awards during the first general session on Friday, Nov. 16, at the 2007 Joint Annual Conference (see separate story for an overview of this year's conference).

A total of 22 projects were chosen for the 2007 competition and were on display in the Riverside Center Exhibit Hall during the conference. Projects are evaluated by a jury of school officials and architects in a process where neither the school district nor the architects are identified on the project materials.

Criteria include suitability for stated program requirements, functional relationships, aesthetics, grade level or departmental organization, flexibility, expansibility, compatibility with external environment, uses of new technology, barrier-free accessibility, energy efficiency, environmental controls, site adaptation, vehicular and pedestrian circulation, activity area groupings, security and building orientation, among others.

Other award winners for 2007 were:

Award of Merit — Wight & Company of Darien for A. Vito Martinez Middle School in Valley View CUSD 365U, Romeoville; Legat Architects of Waukegan for Colin Powell Middle School in Elem SD 159, Matteson; and Healy, Bender & Associates, Inc., of Naperville for the William B. Orenic Middle School in Troy School CCSD 30-C, Plainfield.

Honorable Mention — Armstrong, Torseth, Skold & Rydeen, Inc., of Minneapolis, MN, for Belvidere North High School in Belvidere CUSD 100; FGM Architects Engineers, Inc., Oak Brook for Hickory Creek Middle School in Frankfort CCSD 157C; OWP/P Architects of Chicago for Park School "Katie's Corner" in Evanston-Skokie CCSD 65.

This year's exhibition chairman was Russell Middleton, Middleton Associates, Inc., Normal.

Jury members included: Michael Barry, superintendent, Carrolton CUSD 1; Howard Hunigan, superintendent, Rich THSD 227; Rich Manuell, superintendent, Marshall CUSD C-2; David Pool, architect, Design Architects, Inc.; J.C. Rearden, architect, Wm. B. Ittner, Inc.; and Frank St. Angel, architect, Bradley & Bradley.

NOTE: Since the first EEE in 1994, 350 school design projects have been displayed at the Joint Annual Conference. And nearly all of the projects have been captured in a database in the IASB Resource Center. Moreover, the School Design Data File is easily searchable to identify school designs that meet specified criteria, including type, size and cost as well as numerous other educational and design features. Access to the database is available to both school officials and their architects.

For more information about the School Design Data File, call IASB at ext. 1131, or email

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