Monday, November 12, 2018

2018 school design winners announced

All entries in this year’s competition will be displayed
at the Conference in Columbus Hall, Hyatt East Tower
Three school projects have been named 2018 Award of Distinction winners in the annual Invitational Exhibition of Educational Environments, sponsored by IASB Service Associates. Awards go to projects displaying innovative solutions to challenges both in new school construction and facility renovations.

Wight and Company earned Awards of Distinction for work on New Trier High School and Sunset Ridge School. ARCON Associates Inc. was honored for their design of Stratford Middle School.

The awards will be presented at the First General Session of the Joint Annual Conference on Friday, November 16 in Chicago. Winning projects were selected by a jury pool of architects and superintendents in September. In addition to the Award of Distinction winners, the jury chose three projects for Awards of Merit and five Honorable Mention recipients.

All 27 entries in this year’s exhibit will be on display throughout the Conference in Columbus Hall, Hyatt East Tower. This year’s winning entries are listed by school, district, and firm:

Award of Distinction
New Trier High School
New Trier THSD 203
Wight & Company

Stratford Middle School
CCSD 93 (Bloomingdale)
ARCON Associates, Inc.

Sunset Ridge School
Sunset Ridge SD 29
Wight & Company

Award of Merit
Early Learning Center
CCSD 59 (Mount Prospect)
Legat Architects

Center for Innovation
Yorkville CUSD 115
DLR Group

Jacksonville Middle School
Jacksonville SD 117
BLDD Architects, Inc.

Honorable Mention

Bensenville Early Learning Center
Bensenville SD 2
STR Partners LLC

Geneseo High School
Geneseo CUSD 228
BLDD Architects, Inc.

John Schroder Early Childhood Center
Lombard SD 44
ARCON Associates, Inc.

River Trails Middle School STEAM Lab Renovation
River Trails SD 26
FGM Architects

Science Addition at Lockport High School
Lockport THSD 205
DLA Architects, Ltd.

Projects selected for awards were chosen through a “blind” evaluation process. The judges considered criteria that included suitability for stated program requirements, functional relationships, aesthetics, grade level or departmental organization, compatibility with external environments, uses of new technology, and security and building orientation, among others. To be eligible, the construction had to be completed in time for occupancy with the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

All of this year’s entries will be added to IASB’s School Design Database. The searchable online database contains data, illustrations, and commentary for more than 500 design entries in the annual Exhibit of Educational Environments over the past 25 years.