The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected 15 educational and cultural facilities for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The purpose of the design awards program is to identify trends and emerging ideas, honor excellence in planning and design, and disseminate knowledge about best practices in educational and community facilities.
Joplin Interim High School; Joplin, MO
CGA Architects and DLR Group
One of the deadliest and most destructive tornadoes in the history of the U.S. ripped through Joplin on May 22, 2011 destroying Joplin High School. Two days later, Superintendent Dr. C.J. Huff emphatically stated school would open as scheduled on August 17th. An abandoned big-box retail space was selected for an adaptive reuse to house 1,200 students. The design integrates every square inch of the existing space, and features 21st century learning environments utilizing flexibility and interconnectivity. Large openings, oversized pivot doors, and a diverse array of furniture allow students to customize spaces for collaborative learning.View Press Release