Criteria & Instructions
Any project designed and/or built within the last 5-years can be submitted for review. Projects are rated by individual jury members on a numeric scale of 1-10 based on the following criteria:
- School & Community Research and/or Engagement
- Planning Process and Project Results
- Educational Environment Design
- Physical Environment Design
- Sustainability and Wellness
Each project has the potential of scoring 50 points.
All projects must have been completed after January 1, 2017.
- Online registration and identification of the following must be done prior to sending the application materials. The Jury may award one or more projects in each category.
- Identify category of the Planning & Design Awards
- Project of Distinction – These awards recognize projects that positively impact the learning in a community and best satisfy the criteria. Projects in this category can be awarded a Project of Distinction or Honorable Mention Award. Projects that are submitted to the MacConnell award but are not named as Finalists will be considered in this category.
- Post-Secondary Education – Innovative learning environments for post-secondary education.
- Renovation – This recognizes a renovation project that transforms a physical space from a previous era of educational delivery to a learning environment for current instruction.
- Small / Special Project – This is awarded to a specialized space such as: outdoor space, kitchen, addition, media center, gymnasium, community room, etc.
- Identify project (name, location, district, configuration, etc.)
- Identify key firms / individuals of the process.
- Project Dossier. To address the criteria and illustrate the successful story of your project, please assemble a PDF document of no more than 15-pages in length and no larger than 20 MB. Include as many photographs and/or images as necessary to illustrate and describe the process and overall project. Please avoid solicitation of any particular brand or firm involved in the project. Please use a minimum 10 or 12 point font and more graphic depictions and illustrations are encouraged. Paper size shall be 8 ½” x 11”; either portrait or landscape orientation.
The dossier should include the following sections:
- Executive Summary—describe the overall goals and outcomes of the project
- Focus on each category in the written summary
- Scope of Work and Budget
- School & Community Research and/or Engagement (10 points)
- Describe the Community
- Identify stakeholders
- Name challenges
- Describe available assets
- Describe value of process and project to community at large
- Educational Environment Design (10 points)
- Explain the educational vision and goals of the school
- Depict & illustrate how the designed environment supports the curriculum
- Depict & illustrate how the designed environment supports a variety of learning & teaching styles
- Depict & illustrate how the environment is adaptable and flexible
- Physical Environment Design (10 points)
- Depict & illustrate the site plan
- Depict & illustrate the physical attributes of the environment
- Depict & illustrate how the facility fits within the larger context of the community
- Describe & illustrate how the project inspires and motivates
- Results of the Process & Project (10 points)
- Describe & illustrate how the project achieves educational goals and objectives
- Describe & illustrate how the project achieves school district goals
- Describe & illustrate how the project achieves community goals
- Describe & illustrate any unintended results and achievements of the process & project
- Sustainability and Wellness (10 points)
- Describe & illustrate the energy-efficiency within the solution
- Describe & illustrate durable and green materials relating to maintenance
- Describe & illustrate the healthy environmental aspects
- All dossier files should be in PDF format and not to exceed 20 MB. Files exceeding the 20 MB will not be submitted to the jury
- Either portrait or landscape layout can be used. Please consider that many jurors will review the material in electronic format
- Name the Dossier the project name: Meadowlark_Dossier
Display Board Specifications (display at LearningSCAPES is included the registration fee)
- Submit two PDF files of a 20x40 display; one with a company logo and one without.
- Name the files the project name:
- Firm information may not be included
- School, District, Location may be identified
- This file will be used by the jury
- Firm information and logo may be included
- School, District, Location may be identified
- This file will be used to print the display board for LearningSCAPES exhibit
- Graphics should illustrate the key components of the project.
- Boards can include text to tell the story and/or draw focus and attention to a particular component of the project.
- Include a brief description of the scope of project and budget.
Photo Release Form. Please complete, sign, and include the photo release form in the submittal transmission. One release per project.