Monday, May 11, 2015

School design contest entries sought

The 2014 EEE jury at work.
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IASB Service Associates invites design firms engaged in any aspect of designing public school facilities to participate in the annual Exhibition of Educational Environments at the 2015 Joint Annual Conference.  Eligible projects are limited to new or renovated facilities owned or operated by or for Illinois public school districts.

The facilities may be for instructional, recreational, administrative, or other use. To qualify for the 2015 Exhibition, construction must be completed in time for occupancy with the start of school in the fall of 2015. Eligible entrants include architects and other design professionals.


Entries must be submitted by or with the written permission of the author/owner of the project design documents. Each entrant is limited to no more than two project entries. Entries must be submitted by or with the written permission of the author/owner of the project design documents. Each entrant is limited to no more than two project entries.

Entries will be selected for exhibition in the following categories:

  • New building
  • Major addition
  • Minor addition (under 10,000 gsf)
  • Major renovation or adaptive reuse
  • Special project (historic preservation or sensitive rehab)
  • Special project (small projects under $4 million or single spaces)
An exhibition jury will review preliminary submissions and select entries for the final exhibition. This jury will consist of three school administrators and three school architects. The jury, which will meet in September, will give prime consideration to solutions to the stated educational program requirements. Entries chosen for exhibition will be eligible for Awards of Distinction and Merit. Honorable Mention recognition may also be made at the discretion of the jury. All awards will be announced at the First General Session of the conference on Friday, Nov. 20.

A Call for Entries with more details will be sent in mid-May to all Illinois public school superintendents, regional superintendents, and school architects.  Entry forms and the $300 entry fee for each project submitted in the 2015 Exhibition of Educational Environments are due in the IASB office by July 17. Materials for the jury are due by Sep. 14.

More information about the exhibition is available by contacting srotherham@iasb.com, or by calling IASB at ext. 1131. Results from last year’s exhibition can be found at: www.iasb.com/jac14/eee.cfm. Entries chosen for exhibition are also entered into the School Design Data File (see accompanying article: www.iasb.com/design).