School of the Future Design Competition 2010 Highlights & Photos
Sponsored by CEFPI and the National Association of Realtors® in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Institute of Architects, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and more than 20 other associations and private companies, the annual competition challenges middle school teams to think creatively as they design tomorrow's green schools to enhance learning, conserve resources, be environmentally responsive and engage the surrounding community.
"Facing a formidable 20-person jury can be a daunting experience for anyone, but these middle school students took them on without a blink of an eye," said Judy Hoskens, CEFPI president. "Today's students, tomorrow's green builders, are innately socially responsible and committed to creating healthy, high performing schools and communities. Indeed, if they are our future, then we are in good hands," Hoskens concluded.
The Award of Excellence went to Barnette Magnet School, Fairbanks, AK with Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, Old Lyme, CT capturing second place. Seneca Middle School, Macomb, MI, was the third place winner. Awards of commendation were presented to Heritage Year Round Middle School, Wake Forest, NC; Roskruge Bilingual K-8, Tucson, AZ; Howard University Middle School/Math & Science, Washington, DC and Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools (ReThink), New Orleans, LA.
Barnette Magnet School received $2,000 for their first-place project which demonstrated complete cultural and environmental integration, utilizing imaginative integration of the Greek Primordial elements – Earth/Water/Air/Fire – in the four building wings. The project, SubZero Middle School, met the unique climatic and cultural challenges represented by their location in Fairbanks, Alaska. The students created a "Learning Signature," – bridging past knowledge with today's community for a greener future. They fully recognized that a school, and more specifically a green school, is not just a, physical element, but rather becomes a cultural center of itself and its surrounding community. SubZero school embraced the different learning styles – auditory, visual and kinesthetic – in each classroom. By reclaiming hot water put into the Chena River by a power plant they restored the river's natural ecosystem and used alternative energy to heat the school. A strong sense of community enveloped their innovative sustainable green design approach. The students commented that true sustainability will not happen until each individual embraces and exhibits truly green practices, not only for the environment but for each other.
The $1,500 second place prize went to Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School for their highly professional presentation. As an introduction, the team produced an outstanding video, demonstrating an unusual grasp of social responsibility and environmental topics. They conducted comprehensive research of green materials and the green systems, including geothermal, wind and solar power that they integrated into their eco-friendly sustainable design. Lyme-Old Lyme students fashioned their own "Cool Globe," following extensive exploration of the current popular program. Utilizing Revit, an advanced architectural tool that analyzes materials, quantities, sun position and solar effects, the students created a very thorough and detailed design of all their spaces. Placing their school in the center of the community, they designed features to create a healthy, comfortable and safe environment for everyone. Innovative leading edge technology was evident throughout the project, including the solar backpacks given to each student!
An award of $1,000 went to Seneca Middle School for their third place project. Following a true collaborative planning process, the student "project team" took on real-world roles to develop and construct designs for their sustainable learning environment. The overall design and color scheme of their project reflected their local environment, the five Great Lakes. The sloping roof motif of their building contributed directly to rainwater reuse. Incorporating the site features, Seneca's green design included rainwater gardens, living walls, solar panels and wind turbines. These students demonstrated an extraordinary integration of technology, featuring pen computers and "digidesks" in the classroom, replacing the need for laptops. The jury applauded the project for the great theoretical development of the educational program, offering a Discovery Room, outdoor spaces for learning and several opportunities for student/senior citizen collaboration.
Awards of commendation and $500 prizes went to the remaining outstanding projects. Heritage Year Round Middle School project demonstrated a remarkable planning process, extensive community outreach and a terrific design charrette. Expressing a strong grasp of sustainable concepts, they integrated the building into an existing hillside, siting it for optimum sunlight. A clear sense of community was evident in their global thought process focused on tying in to local greenways and transportation systems, bringing their somewhat rural community closer together in their school – a true center of community. In addition to the truly sustainable design, the use of green systems and the impact of colors, the community garden and other opportunities for the public to collaborate with the students made this a winning project. Through extensive investigation into education theory, the team paid great attention to developing a better place to learn and a place where kids would want to be every day!
Noted for their renovation of an historic school, the Roskruge Bilingual K-8 team really understood the value of historic building reuse – a building they treasured. They truly followed the green jargon of the 3R's of sustainability – "renew, reuse, recycle" from programs within the facility to the actual facility design. Displaying great depth of knowledge of their climate and its relation to life, buildings and environment, they expressed a strong grasp of sustainable concepts. Even more remarkable was their use of simple, "real-world" solutions to rehabilitate an existing structure using green technologies. Combining fun with learning, the students used innovative playground equipment to drive water distribution systems and energy usage.
The students at Howard University Middle School/Math & Science were also cognizant of building and materials reuse as they redesigned their existing school. They utilized materials from a prior University building to construct their new, aeronautically-shaped building, bridging that to a new addition built on top of the existing undergraduate library. The main building represented an airplane, while the bridge provided access to the airport "terminal." Incorporating solar panels, a green roof and gray water systems, they sought to create an example for the University and the surrounding community. They recognized the importance of creating public circulation patterns in an urban environment. The project demonstrated very thorough adjacency and plan development of a truly sustainable building.
Having experienced the horrific devastation of their schools in the face of Hurricane Katrina, the Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools (ReThink) sought to bring dignity back to their fellow students, their School and their community. Their sustainable schools was fashioned in three overlapping concentric circles, symbolizing equality, unity and connectivity. They were truly the face of New Orleans, reiterating the intrinsic values and spirit driving the future of their city. They took the opportunity the competition presented to express the ideas they passionately advocated in re-thinking New Orleans schools. Safety and security was important features of their truly sustainable design. Unique to their project, the students created a Resolution Circle in the garden area where students could resolve problems. Demonstrating a strong sense of social responsibility and community engagement, the students developed recycling, zero garbage and other green programs that impacted their local community and beyond. In their words, "if we can rebuild a school, we can rebuild a community."
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2010 School of the Future Design Competition Winners
2010 School of the Future Jury Members
“It was my pleasure to chair such a prestigious jury for this event,” remarked David Schrader, AIA. “It was clear as the jury day went on, that no matter how experienced and talented each of the panel members were, the children's message, knowledge, passion and enthusiasm humbled each and every one of us. This momentous day left us all with the sense that if these young adults represent the next generation, we are pleased to hand our world off to them! What a tremendous job each of these teams did!”