Polished Apple Design Award

ConnectED   June 21-23, 2021
Wenatchee Convention Center
Wenatchee, WA

2021 Design Exhibit and Awards

The Polished Apple Award Program recognizes outstanding educational facilities in the state of Washington. The program follows criteria from the Association’s LEsolutions Planning & Design Awards Program and the PNW Region’s Pinnacle Award Program, so as to encourage Chapter projects to also compete at the regional and international levels.

This year, the submittal requirements for the Washington Chapter Polished Apple may include 1 video in the Optional Materials.

This program recognizes learning projects which positively impact teaching and learning and result from a sound planning process reflecting the needs and expectations of the community.

Award Categories

Polished Apple Award: Awarded to the single most distinctive project, which best satisfies the criteria; one winner.

Awards of Merit: These awards recognize exceptional projects that were not the Polished Apple Award winner, but are deserving of recognition according to the criteria. Number of awards is at the Jury’s discretion, if any.

People’s Choice Award: Attendees at the Conference will have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award. The winner will receive the Merit Award level of recognition.

Call for Submittals February 6, 2021
Award Program document available, registration site available for payment
Early Bird Registration March 17, 2021
Payment due online at the same time or before electronic materials are submitted
Electronic Submittal / Late Registration Deadline May 16, 2021
Display Boards Due June 17, 2021, 4:00 pm at BLRB Architects
Award Announcements June 23, 2021, 8:30 am at the Wenatchee Convention Center, 121 N. Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801


Polished Apple Program Co-Chairs:
Andy Cottrill (acottrill@blrb.com)
Robert Landa (rlanda@studioms.com)
Kristina Feliciano (kfeliciano@studioms.com)
Stephen Clark (sclark@integrusarch.com)
Karen Wood (kwood@MAHLUM.com)
Exhibition Coordinator: Andy Cottrill (acottrill@blrb.com)
Member Care Manager: Donna Robinson (donna@a4le.org)

Registration and Entry Fee


Fees are as follows per project, to be paid at the time of registration:

A4LE Members
$300 USD for projects registered on or before March 17
$350 USD for projects registered between March 18 and May 16 

$350 USD for projects registered on or before March 17
$400 USD for projects registered between March 18 and May 16

Online registration, payment, and identification of the following must be done prior to submitting the project dossier for judging:
  • Identify project (Name, location, district, configuration, etc.).
  • Identify key firms/individuals of the process.

Please note: You will need to fill out the Confidential form and Photo Release form in addition to filling out the online project registration.

Download the Award Program submittal guidelines
Download the Confidential Information sheet
Download Photo Release form

For any questions or issues regarding online registration or payment, please contact the Member Care Manager listed above in the Contacts section.
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