BrainSpaces, our collaborative partner and national thought leader in developing innovative educational spaces, was in the spotlight during the CEFPI 2011 Annual World Conference held in Nashville, honoring both Amy Yurko with the Planner of the Year Award and Marysville Getchell High School with the MacConnell Award.
Amy Yurko, AIA, is the recipient of the 2011 Planner of the Year award, the highest and most distinguished individual honor conferred by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI). The Planner of the Year award is presented annually to the individual whose professional facility planning activities have produced a positive and significant impact on educational facility planning, adding to the body of knowledge of best practices in the field.
Marysville Getchell High School, Marysville, Washington, captured the coveted 2011 James D. MacConnell Award. The James D. MacConnell Award recognizes the importance of a comprehensive planning process resulting in educational facilities that meet multiple goals, while serving the needs of the community. The project was a collaboration with the Marysville School District, BrainSpaces, Architects of Acheivement, and DLR Group Architects.
SuValley Jr/Sr High School, Talkeetna, Alaska, was one of 4 finalists in the 2011 MacConnell Awards program. Following the destruction of the old school by fire in June 2007, the Mat Su Borough acted decisively to meet community needs. 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. More than 200 participants shared in creating a vision for the new school, included a broad range of school and community partners and every student in the school. The school is a part of the Matanuska Susitna Borough School District and was planned and designed in collaboration with BrainSpaces and McCool Carlson and Green.