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West Chicago Community High School’s Science Division remodeling project has been named a 2016 Award of Distinction winner in the annual Invitational Exhibition of Educational Environments sponsored by the Illinois Association of School Board Service Associates. DLA Architects, Ltd. was the architect firm honored for this award.
The awards will be presented on Friday, Nov. 18, at the 2016 Joint Annual Conference in Chicago. Winning projects were selected by a blind-jury pool of architects and superintendents in September. In addition to the two Award of Distinction winners, the jury chose two projects for Awards of Merit and five Honorable Mention recipients. This is the 28th year for IASB’s juried school design competition. All 23 entries in this year’s exhibit will be on display throughout the Conference. This year’s winning entries are listed by firm, school, and district: Award of Distinction BLDD Architects, Inc. Meridian Middle/High School Meridian CUSD 15, Macon DLA Architects, Ltd. West Chicago High School, Science Department Remodeling Community HSD 94, West Chicago
Award of Merit PCM+Design Architects Central Junior High School Phase II East Peoria ESD 86 DLA Architects, Ltd. Steger Intermediate Center Steger SD 194 Honorable Mention ARCON Associates, Inc. Bannockburn School Bannockburn SD 106 STR Partners LLC Brookwood Middle School Brookwood SD 167 Wight & Company Joliet Central High School Student Center & Galleria Addition Joliet Township HSD 204 FGM Architects, Inc. Mt. Vernon High School Mt. Vernon Township HSD 201 ARCON Associates, Inc. Schrum Memorial Middle School Hoover-Schrum Memorial SD 157
Criteria considered by the judges included: program/challenge met; how the facility meets 21st century education environmental needs; design; unique energy efficiency or green features; and safety (including passive security design and traffic patterns). To be eligible, construction projects had to be completed in time for occupancy with the start of the 2016-2017 school year. All of this year’s entries will be added to IASB’s School Design Database. The searchable online database is available for use by IASB member districts and their architectural firms. The file is updated each year after the competition and contains more than 500 Illinois public school design projects.
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