|The LEED Platinum-certified Portland Community College Newberg Center, in Newberg, Oregon, was designed by Eddy Architects, Inc.|
The fifteen projects, all of which are located in the United States, range from a LEED Platinum-certified community college building, in Newberg, Oregon, to a mix of primary and secondary school projects in Bellevue, Washington; Snohomish, Washington; and Joplin, Missouri; and also include several special schools focused on either the arts and sciences.
And in the case of one project, a Beaux Arts-style swimming pool was converted into a 282-seat music performance space.
|The Ardmore Elementary School, in Bellevue, Washington was designed by NAC|Architecture.|
|William Rawn Associates designed the new Studzinski Recital Hall on the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.|
The Studzinski Recital Hall is a 282-seat recital hall at the center of the Bowdoin College campus. The building has been designed to accommodate a range of musical programs, including classical, jazz, world, and electronic music, at a scale supportive of student performers. The project, which opened in May of 2007, involved the radical conversion of a historic McKim, Mead, and White swimming pool into a recital hall. Abundant natural light and warm wood interiors create an intimacy supportive of student performers, while state-of-the-art A/V and acoustical technology supports innovative productions and rehearsals.
|A second winning project by William Rawn Associates is the Milton Academy Pritzker Science Center, in Milton, Massachusetts.|
|Trilogy Architecture Urban Design Research designed the Redding School of the Arts, in Redding, California.|
The 2012 CAE Educational Facility Design Awards jury included: jury chair Paul C. Hutton, AIA, of Hutton Architecture Studio; David Ade, AIA of SMP Architects, Bukky Akinsanmi, AIA, of Cooper Carry Architecture; Trung Le, AIA of Cannon Design; and Robert Moje, AIA, of VMDO.
Buildings placed on site were selected to minimize required earth work, while maximizing the benefits of natural light to program elements. Improved noise control features were implemented between classrooms.
Regional and organic compound materials were used in the construction of the campus.
Deep walls provide niches, seats and other spaces for children to claim for themselves, as well as abundant and accessible storage. The center provides opportunities for exploration, creativity, free thinking and interaction and presents invitations to "get dirty" by playing in the sandbox with a water hand pump, or with floating ducks in the wet play area.
This project, which was covered in ArchitectureWeek No. 555, also received a 2011 award from AIA Portland.
The building is organized around a central circulation spine. Classrooms and administrative spaces flank the north side while, multi-purpose rooms to the south shift and rotate in plan, creating a dynamic central commons.
The building's large, south-facing roof reaches beyond the building's shell to create a sheltered entry plaza – the front door to the campus.
Integration of the site, building and landscape design creates innovative educational opportunities that speak to stewardship of the land and instill life-long influences on our future citizens.
All water needed for the building is collected and treated on site and a rain garden produces food. All sustainable features are visible for students to help them learn ecological concepts that can become intrinsic values for future generations.
The building also features a 32-foot-wide (9.8-meter-wide) vertical-lift wall/screen; a spiral stair wrapped in guardrail mesh; and an array of retractable lights. A general aesthetic of suspended filigree emerges from these elements, producing a middle ground for the space.
The design of the new Joplin Interim High School integrates every square inch of the existing space, and features 21st-century learning environments utilizing flexibility and interconnectivity. Large openings, oversized pivot doors, and a diverse array of furniture allow students to customize spaces for collaborative learning.
A recent renovation focused on the transformation of the student housing mix from single rooms into suites, the provision of 25,000 square feet (2,300 square meters) of student activity space below grade, and the transformation of outdoor hardscapes into a sustainable landscape.
The addition is conceived as being unified with the landscape, extending it through the architecture, fusing inside and outside, new and old, and above and below.
The sky light also provides ample natural light to the forum, a central gathering space for the academic program. Classrooms, meeting rooms, and offices ring two adjacent courtyards, maximizing exterior views and minimizing the use of artificial lighting.
The building anticipates LEED Platinum certification.