Chartiers Valley Middle School has been nominated for a significant design award this year. The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Pittsburgh Chapter, will be holding an awards gala for the best architectural projects in the region on October 25th. As part of the competition, all 88 projects this year will be part of a public voting showcase for the People's Choice Award. We encourage everyone in the Chartiers Valley Community to vote for the project in the showcase here: http://aiapgh.org/design-pittsburgh-entries/a09-chartiers-valley-middle-school/.
"We are very proud of this project largely because the students, faculty, administration and community at large played such an important role in shaping the vision and principals for the design," stated Matt Hansen, Principal Architect at IKM Arcitecture, the firm which designed the new Middle and High School buildings.
As the AIA site states, "Brought to life by its students and faculty, the new middle school gives educators the right tool to prepare students for the next phase of their secondary education. The design is organized into small learning communities that allow educators to embrace multi-disciplinary collaboration and create an entirely new paradigm for students. Applied engineering programs, fine arts and family & consumer sciences once located down back halls and out of the ebb and flow now live in the central core of the facility. Greater transparency exposes students to the district’s unique educational offerings and encourages enrollment in maker-based programs that are the cornerstone of the district’s emphasis on project-based learning."
The ballot is open to everyone, and it includes a field for comments asking voters to include personal experiences which will be published after voting closes later this month.