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Laraway School earns top honors in competition

Association for Learning Environments honors Laraway School District/architect team with 2020 Midwest Great Lakes Region John H. Shaw Award for excellence in planning and design

7/20/2020, 10:22 p.m.
Laraway School, completed in August 2018, has earned a 2020 Project of the Year Award from the Association for Learning ...

Laraway School, completed in August 2018, has earned a 2020 Project of the Year Award from the Association for Learning Environments’ (A4LE) Midwest Great Lakes Region (MWGL).

The award recognizes “good design that results from collaboration with educators, students, and community representatives.” Laraway School won the sole award in the competition, which encompasses 12 states and the province of Ontario, Canada. Key recipients include Laraway Community Consolidated School District 70C and Legat Architects (architect of record).

Among the selection criteria for the award are how the design captures the educational vision, cost effectiveness, green features, and how it advances innovative learning environments.

The jury, consisting of planners and designers from throughout the nation, praised the project’s “great use of site and development of active outdoor learning spaces,” as well as a planning process that “was inclusive and really looked to maximize the cultural and community connection.”

Since the A4LE 2020 Midwest Great Lakes Regional Conference was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the project will be displayed at next year’s conference, which takes place in Kansas City, Missouri in March.

Learn more about the award and Laraway School.