LEARNING BY DESIGN Names Frederick County Middle School Grand Prize Winner in 2017 Architectural Awards Showcase

For Immediate Release
April 4, 2017
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
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LEARNING BY DESIGN magazine has recognized Frederick County Middle School as one of three Grand Prize Award winners in its 2017 Architectural Awards Showcase. The showcase, which is detailed in LEARNING BY DESIGN’s spring 2017 issue, highlights the nation’s best education design and construction projects from pre-K through high school to college and university facilities. The other facilities receiving Grand Prize Awards include Arbor Heights School in Seattle, Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A distinguished panel of seven architects, school and university planners, administrators and facility professionals reviewed 59 projects and selected the three Grand Prize Award winners. The selection panel called the winners “simply amazing projects” and noted that each one combined all of the elements that make a learning environment successful- transparency, connectivity, safety, sustainability, great interiors, purposeful functional design and sophistication.

The judges praised Stantec Architecture for its design of Frederick County Middle School noting it is an aspirational student-centric vision that balances the need for a practical, affordable, sustainable solution with current research on effective teaching and learning, adolescent brain science, nutrition, health and well-being. Jury comments on the project included, “Excellent overall design. The scale and finish of the break-out rooms is very welcoming. Excellent use of outdoor space in between volumes. The project has defined goals and performing a post occupancy evaluation as part of the process is appreciated. Site lines and building layout are purposeful and meant to engage and protect.” The judges also noted the wide variety of unique features integrated into the design of the project as well as their organization around the themes of learning, sustainability and wellness.

Frederick County Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “We are extremely proud of the new Frederick County Middle School and pleased to see its design recognized at the national level for the way that it serves students and our community. One of the keys to the design of this project was the input provided by our project advocates and focus groups which included students, parents, staff, business leaders and members of the community. The team from Stantec Architecture did an outstanding job taking input from community stakeholders and merging it with leading education research to develop a school design that will serve our community well for many years to come.”

Stantec Architecture Principal/Project Designer Rob Winstead says, “The new Frederick County Middle School is a truly innovative facility designed to be student-centered, highly adaptable, community oriented and high-performing. Frederick County puts students first, and the learning environment at the new school is simply a reflection of the community’s highest aspirations for all learners. Thanks to recognition like this, Frederick County Middle School will help set a new standard for 21st century learning in Virginia and beyond.”

LEARNING BY DESIGN magazine is published twice each year. Its circulation includes more than 50,000 leaders and decision makers at all levels of education from early childhood and elementary schools to career-technical, college, and university-level institutions.

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