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2019 awards for school design announced

  • Date Posted
    October 9, 2019
Two school design projects have been named 2019 Award of Distinction winners in the annual Exhibition of Educational Environments, sponsored by IASB Service Associates. Awards go to projects representing innovative design solutions to challenges both in new school construction and facility renovations.

Earning the highest honor were Wight & Company for work on the Meridian Early Learning Center at Aptakisic-Tripp SD 102, and BLDD Architects, Inc. for the design of the Okaw Valley CUSD 302 Agricultural Complex.

Award certificates will be given on the first day of the IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference on Friday, November 22 in Chicago. Winning projects were selected by a jury of architects and superintendents in September. In addition to the Award of Distinction, the jury chose three projects for Awards of Merit and three Honorable Mention recipients.

In total, 22 projects in this year’s competition will be on display during the three-day Conference at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The following entries (listed by project, district, and firm) will receive awards:

Award of Distinction
  • Meridian Early Learning Center, Aptakisic-Tripp SD 102 (Buffalo Grove)
    Wight & Company
  • Okaw Valley Agricultural Complex, Okaw Valley CUSD 302 (Bethany)
    BLDD Architects, Inc.
Award of Merit
  • Central High School Additions and Renovations, Central CUSD 301 (Burlington)
    Larson & Darby Group
  • Hononegah High School Fieldhouse Addition, Hononegah CHSD 207 (Rockton)
    DLA Architects, Ltd.
  • Waltham School, Waltham CCSD 185 (Utica)
    BLDD Architects, Inc.
Honorable Mention
  • Half Day School, Lincolnshire-Prairieview SD 103
    Wight & Company
  • Marquardt Middle School Performing Arts Center, Marquardt SD 15 (Glendale Heights)
    Legat Architects and Slingshot Architecture
  • Oak Lawn High School Performing Arts Center, Oak Lawn CHSD 229
    STR Partners LLC
Projects were submitted by design firms with permission by their school district clients.
The judges considered criteria that included suitability for stated program requirements and special challenges, aesthetics, safety, learning styles, and integration of technology with curriculum, among others. To be eligible, the construction had to be completed in time for occupancy with the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

This year’s entries will be added to IASB’s School Design Database, a searchable collection of data, illustrations, and commentary for more than 500 design entries in the annual Exhibit of Educational Environments over the past 30 years.

Entries in this year’s competition will be displayed at the Conference November 22-24 in Columbus Hall, East Tower of the Hyatt Regency Chicago.