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Sylvan Hills Middle School Honored for Design

Sylvan Hills Middle School Honored for Design

01/14/2011

Wittenberg, Delony & Davidson, Inc. Architects announces that Sylvan Hills Middle School, Sherwood, Arkansas has been selected for publication in Penton Media's American School & University® 2010 Architectural Portfolio. The project is featured in the November 2010 edition of the magazine and also on the Web at http://www.schooldesigns.com/. An annual competition honoring education design excellence, the Architectural Portfolio spotlights projects representing some of the most effective learning environments in America.

Situated on a 44-acre campus on Johnson Road, the new school will serve 1,200 students, grades 6-8 and encompasses 196,905 square feet. Improving the educational environment for the students and faculty through sustainable design, natural lighting and ease of use is a top priority for both Pulaski County Special School District and the building team. To reinforce the technology and contemporary driven design, the exterior envelope consists of brick, pre-cast concrete, insulated panels and aluminum curtain walls. In efforts to enhance security and connectivity among students, Middle School is based on a "mall" concept with the gym and cafeteria serving as "anchors" on each end and student streets serving as connectors. Academic pods for each grade level line the student street to encourage a fully integrated curriculum and create a collaborative teaching environment. The pods provide high flexibility and the opportunity for the students to be separated by grade, specialty, curriculum or any division the District requires in the future. Each pod has two extended learning centers or commons to be used for student activities or teaming projects, they also contain a double sized seminar room that can be used for special exhibits or presentations. Unique amenities for this school include support spaces for an extensive workforce and technology curriculum and every classroom is designed to accommodate wireless technology, smart boards and smart screens.  A jury of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education members and education administrators evaluated submissions from architectural firms, schools and universities across the country.

One hundred fifty-one projects were chosen for publication in AS&U, a monthly educational facilities, purchasing and business administration magazine reaching 70,000 facility planners, school and university administrators and architects with this issue. This is the 28th year the competition has been held.    The jury considered the following specific criteria to make its selections: function, frugality, features, inspiring learning, flexibility and balance. In addition, the jury kept in mind: sustainability, maintainability, agility in planning, attaining "the vision," and community use and integration.More information about the Architectural Portfolio, including a complete list of 2010 projects selected for publication, is available on American School & University's http://www.schooldesigns.com/ Founded in 1928, American School & University is devoted exclusively to education facilities/business administration. The authority for information about the educational facilities market, AS&U delivers an insightful combination of exclusive reports, special focuses and how-to articles each month.  For more information, please visit http://www.asumag.com/ and http://www.SchoolDesigns.com. American School & University is published by Penton Media, Inc.

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Wittenberg, Delony & Davidson Architects (WD&D) is a multi-disciplined architectural firm. Since the company's establishment in 1919, WD&D has been responsible for many high profile public and private facilities within the state of Arkansas; including Little Rock Central High School, Stephens Tower and the Statehouse Convention Center, to our most recent elementary school - Don R. Roberts Elementary School for Little Rock School District. WD&D has risen to be the authority on lower educational facility design. Within the past 8 years, WD&D has designed 8 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 2 junior high schools and 2 high schools within the State. 

For more information on Sylvan Hills Middle School, please contact Amy Lasseigne at 1-501-376-6681 or amy@wddarchitects.com or visit our website http://www.wddarchitects.com/  You can also read the story at the KARK 4 Website.

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