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2011 MacConnell Finalists

Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies

Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies
Blue Valley Schools
Overland Park, Kansas
Perkins+Will, Planning and Design Architect
NSP Architects

The Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) provides 600 Blue Valley high school juniors and seniors from five district schools with a unique learning opportunity for hands-on, real world experience in a professional interest area of their choice. CAPS is an interesting story about a new type of learning environment which poses the question, "What will it take to make students successful in the future?" Read more >

Helen M. Knight Elementary

Helen M. Knight Elementary
Grand County School District
Moab, UT
MHTN Architects, Inc.

The New Helen M. Knight Elementary School in Moab, Utah is a school that was designed after an extensive community engagement process. The 800-900 student elementary school replaces two outdated schools and was constructed on open space on the site of one of the existing schools. It is reflecting the best in elementary learning communities, exceptional learning environments, and sustainable design in a regionally appropriate aesthetic utilizing local materials and color palette. Read more >

Marysville Getchell High School Campus

Marysville Getchell High School Campus
Marysville School District
Marysville, WA
DLR Group: Architect/Designer/Educational Planner/Engineer
Architects of Achievement: Educational Consultant/Design Strategist
BrainSpaces: Educational Planner

This project exemplifies one of the most incredible turnarounds in educational history. After a record breaking teacher strike, tensions between the community and school board, severe overcrowding, and years of bond failures, the District rallied to heal deep fractures and redirect energies toward student learning. Success was achieved by involving students, parents, teachers, Board members, civic, faith, and tribal leaders to build an esprit de corps and guiding principles that moved mountains. With its new campus now open, Marysville boasts of markedly improved student success while also having one of the most award-winning campuses in the nation. Read more >

Su Valley Jr/Sr High School

Su Valley Jr/Sr High School
Matanuska Susitna Borough School District
Talkeetna, AK
McCool Carlson Green Architects
BrainSpaces: Educational Planner

Following the destruction of the old school by fire in June 2007, the Mat Su Borough acted decisively to meet community needs. Prior to fall semester a temporary facility was established and a planning team was in place to design the new school. With less than 2 months to explore new directions, create an educational specification and develop a concept design, the project team adopted an integrated approach combining concept design activities with visioning exercises in a series of interactive user driven workshops. Breaking from the usual linear progression this process created unique opportunities and insights as design and program discussions evolved on parallel tracks. The more than 200 participants included a broad range of school and community partners and every student in the school. Read more >



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