The Association for Learning Environments recently awarded a National Certificate of Excellence to a Frederick County Public Schools team of CAD Architecture students from the Career and Technology Center for their 21st Century Educational Redesign Project. The students designed an expansion of the CTC from one to three buildings on the current campus.
Team members Austin Lemere and Kevin Farmer, from Tuscarora High School, and Erika Jacobs, from Linganore High School, addressed the Association’s SchoolsNEXT challenge to draw national attention to the importance of well-planned, high-performing, safe and sustainable schools that enhance student achievement and community vitality. Their project was a three-building campus design to support future career and technology education in Frederick County.
The CTC team was the only high school pilot project team in the nation invited to attend the LearningSCAPES 2016 National Conference in Philadelphia, where their project was a featured display. The team’s educational redesign addressed overcrowding that excludes many students from participating in CTC programs.
The students’ concern over how renovations would affect the environment led them to include renewable technologies and a variety of sustainable design elements such as semi-permeable pavement solar panels, green roofing and double-glass layer walls. The focus of their design was to maximize the site’s space and make learning more inclusive and positive.
During the extensive planning process, the team decided to have three separate structures on the remodeled campus: the School of Design, the School of Service and the School of Fabrication. In addition to a large outdoor gathering space for group work and social activities, the plan includes two outdoor classrooms.
“Each year, I have the distinct pleasure of experiencing the best and the brightest from across the globe,” said David Schrader, AIA, chairman of the association’s board of directors. “The students continue to raise the bar each year in the rigorous competition. Their desire to transform education, empower students and create true community is remarkable. ... Our future is in good hands.”
The Association for Learning Environments has about 4,500 members from across the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom. The association embraces a collaborative network of professionals with one goal — building healthy, safe, resilient and sustainable 21st-century learning places that inspire transformation in education, enhance student and teacher performance, and support culture and community vitality.