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Mount Nittany Elementary School Awarded Project of Distinction

by on August 06, 2012 6:25 AM

Mount Nittany Elementary School was one of only two elementary schools named as a “Project of Distinction” in this year’s School Planning and Management magazine’s 13th annual Education Design Showcase, and the only school project in Pennsylvania earning recognition.

The magazine believes schools, colleges and universities are being built to accommodate changes to the educational program, but building more flexible facilities is not enough.

Those in charge must also build better facilities. In order to provide information and a way to share innovative, practical solutions in planning, design and construction, School Planning and Management established the Education Design Showcase in 1999. The goal is to share ideas to help achieve the best possible learning environments for all students at all levels of education.

Entries were submitted and judged by committee according to grade level — elementary school, middle school, high school and college and universities. The projects reflect the exciting changes and trends in educational design that are needed to create outstanding learning environments for children.

The entries also indicate the growing awareness of environmental concerns that have fostered a greater interest in green or sustainable school design, and the fact that schools and communities are taking greater advantage of opportunities to share space, which has made it necessary for those who plan and build these facilities to be more flexible and creative in their designs.

Project architect David Schrader, of Schradergroup Architecture, was thrilled to receive the award.

“On behalf of the entire design team, I would like to express my appreciation to the State College Area School District for their foresight in developing both the process and building for the future generations of State College Area youth. The community planning process that the District undertook is a tribute to their respect for the community as a whole.

The design itself is a tribute to the District’s commitment to sustainability. This project was both a pleasure to work on and to see through to its culmination. We hope the future students of the district enjoy this building as much as we enjoyed the process,” he said.

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