Hazel Wolf K-8 School, Seattle, Washington
Hazel Wolf K-8 E-STEM School Named as a Finalist for A4LE James D. MacConnel Award
The Association for Learning Environments has announced three finalists in the James D. MacConnell Awards for 2017, including Hazel Wolf K-8 E-STEM School. As the most prestigious of all the Association's awards, the MacConnell Award honors projects for achieving a great architectural solution through actively engaging stakeholders in all phases of the project and enhancing the connections between environment, learning and teaching.
As a pioneer in Environmental STEM (E-STEM) education, Hazel Wolf K-8 is a case study for outdoor learning on a tight urban site. All learning is focused through an environmental lens, and stakeholders including community members and teachers were integral in planning the new building and site to encourage and enhance learning activities. The site is conceived as a lab with a variety of indoor/outdoor learning areas. Visual connections across the building and site foster students' excitement through seeing learning in action.
Visit A4LE's website to learn more about Hazel Wolf K-8 and the other finalists.
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Hazel Wolf K-8 School, Seattle, Washington
Hazel Wolf K-8 E-STEM School Honored as the 2017 Polished Apple Award Recipient
The Washington Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) announced the Polished Apple, Merit, and People's Choice Awards recipients at their 2017 Conference in Tacoma, Washington. Hazel Wolf K-8 E-STEM School, located in Seattle, Washington, was recognized with the Polished Apple Award.
The Polished Apple Award is given to the project that best represents exemplary practice in the following areas of educational facility planning and design: responsiveness to program, innovative solutions, sustainable design strategies, adaptability to changes in educational delivery, positive aesthetics and materials use, and reinforcement of the surrounding community.
The distinguished jury of design and educational professionals reviewing this year's submittals wrote the following about Hazel Wolf "This is a learning environment that understands the boundlessness of knowledge and a site that celebrates and honors its namesake with dignity and grace, thanks to a group of designers who listened, engaged, and knew how to celebrate the spatial syntax of their neighborhood.
Hack Your Classroom
Hack Your Classroom
In collaboration with Boston-based organization room2learn, NAC recently launched a campaign aimed at crowd-sourcing information on what teachers are doing in their classroom to improve the learning experience. The "Hack Your Classroom" campaign invites educators to share how they're "hacking" their classroom in order to better achieve desired outcomes (e.g., personalized learning, student engagement, student-directed learning). Our goal is to learn what's working to create flexible spaces that can adapt to changing curriculum and a plurality of learning styles.
We want to recognize and promote excellence in teaching and classroom design. That is why one lucky winner will receive $500 for new classroom supplies. The winner will be selected by a NAC + room2learn jury. Interested parties can submit their classroom hacks online here. Submission deadline is May 31, 2017.
Garrett Nelli, Assoc. AIA
Garrett Nelli Recipient of AIA Seattle's Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship
Garrett Nelli was awarded AIA Seattle's Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship for his proposal, "Public Interest: Redefining the Architect’s Role in and Responsibility to Society."
From AIA Seattle, "Public Interest Design, a growing field within the profession, is repositioning architects to critically address the social, political, and environmental issues of the 21st century through a community engaged design process. This shift advances the notion that architecture is not only a product, but a process that instills the tools and awareness for individuals to improve their condition. As this year’s recipient of AIA Seattle’s Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship, Garrett will travel to Los Angeles, New Orleans, rural Alabama, Haiti, Burkina Faso, and Italy to catalog how the built environment can proliferate positive societal change. This research proposal showcases six non-traditional practices expanding and redefining the role of the architect to include social activist, engaged facilitator, environmental steward, political advocate, among others, in order to meet the complex needs of the public. The selected projects offer unique perspectives on how to promote meaningful public engagement and present new methods for the profession to design for Seattle’s communities."
Learn more about Garrett and the Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship.
Hazel Wolf K-8 School, Seattle, Washington
Hazel Wolf K-8 Selected as SXSWedu Learn by Design Finalist
Learn by Design is a SXSWedu program focused on how the design of physical learning spaces have the potential to impact learning outcomes. The program is centered around a design competition showcasing projects that address the creation and implementation of physical learning spaces in three categories: conceptual, experiential and physical.
Hazel Wolf K-8 School, with an innovative curriculum that uses the environment as the lens through which student focus their ESTEM studies, has been selected as a finalist. Brian Love, NAC Architecture’s K-12 Planner, will be sharing Hazel Wolf’s unique story at SXSWedu in March.
Learn more about the award.
Yellowstone Hall, Montana State University, Bozeman
Yellowstone Hall Earns LEED Gold Certification
Montana State University’s first freshman residence hall built in half a century, Yellowstone Hall, earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Nationally recognized for its energy-efficient and sustainable design, the 120,000-square-foot residence hall was designed in collaboration by NAC Architecture and SMA Architects. Sustainability was a design priority, including features such as a building layout that maximizes southern exposure to make use of winter sunlight to push down heating costs, a “solar wall” intended to use solar energy to pre-heat hot water, undercover bicycle storage, and more. Learn more about Yellowstone Hall
Mount Si High School, Snoqualmie, Washington
Mount Si High School Featured by Architectural Record in “Continuing Education: School Security and Safety”
Architectural Record takes a look at three schools that address multiple aspects of safety and security, and illustrate how big of a difference design can make to for the protection and wellbeing of students. NAC Architecture’s 350,000- square-foot Mount Si High School Replacement, in Snoqualmie, Washington, was featured in “Continuing Education: School Security and Safety.” As one of the largest high schools in the State of Washington and located in a long, narrow river valley prone to earthquakes and floods, Mount Si is designed with security and safety in mind. Read the article to learn the design strategies applied to prevent natural disasters, visits from strangers, and student conflict.
Philip Riedel, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP
K-12 Planner Recognized as A4LE Pacific Northwest Region 2017 President-Elect
Philip Riedel, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP, has recently been appointed to be the 2017 President-Elect by the Association for Learning Environments, Pacific Northwest Region (A4LE, previously known as the Council of Educational Facility Planners International).
Philip is one of NAC Architecture’s most gifted K-12 school planners. He is passionate about creating effective learning spaces, and continues to keep current with the latest developments in educational delivery. He is a former President and Board member of the A4LE Washington Chapter and is honored to be given the opportunity to fulfill this role regionally. The knowledge gained from his involvement helps Philip interact with educators and speak their language, resulting in facility designs that best support their mission.
Philip is currently working on Enumclaw High School, Wilson High School in Tacoma and the New Elementary School in Puyallup. Additionally, his pro bono work includes furniture design for The Vera Project and a concessions stand for Ingraham High School in Seattle.
As a gifted architect who thrives on technical challenges, he is an expert at realizing sustainability and energy efficiency to maximize value to building owners. He has lectured on related subjects at A4LE and the Green Schools National Conference. Philip is an Accredited Learning Environment Planner and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Boston Architectural College.