North Carolina Chapter

The geographic area served consists of the state of North Carolina.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Edi Francesconi

Fall Tours

December 16, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 pm Eastern

1 AIA CEU available

Join us for a virtual tour of Lewisville Middle School – Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, The Halton School and Conn Elementary School, followed by a panel discussion with Q&A.

Lewisville Middle School

The new Lewisville Middle School opened in August 2021 with 648 students. Construction began in March 2020 and the total project cost was $35,900,000.00. The 108,000 square foot facility is designed for 800 students and is capable of future expansion to 1,100 students. The design incorporated elements to allow for community use of the facilities after hours and provided extensive collaboration areas for both students and staff.

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The Halton School

The Aspire Carolinas Foundation, was founded in the fall of 2017 based upon the prime aspiration of bringing much-needed community resources to support children with Asperger’s/Autism, learning differences, and those looking for careers as highly qualified tradespeople. In the summer of 2018 Aspire commissioned Boomerang Design to lead them in the planning and design of the Huntersville Educational Campus. Early in the process, Aspire purchased a 25-acre site in the north Mecklenburg County community of Huntersville in which to design and build a uniquely envisioned Education Village. The Huntersville Education Village is all about creating an environment specifically tailored to the educational needs of each student. An environment that will empower each of them to thrive academically, emotionally, and socially. Upon final build out, Huntersville Educational Campus will feature three separate but interrelated schools; the Halton School for 3rd-8th graders with Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum Disorder, a Trade High School, and a K-12 School for Students with Learning Differences.

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The Halton School has been carefully crafted for its unique student population by renovating an existing 6,000 SF house on the property and making a 2,000 SF addition. The design accommodates eight classrooms, administrative offices, conference / counseling, and support areas, a sizable multipurpose room, and outdoor learning areas. This historic home’s mostly wood interior has an ideally suited peaceful ambiance which welcomes students with a sense of comfort.

The Trade High School is a new two story 63,000 SF learning laboratory devoted to educating and cultivating 9th – 12th graders. The building and its systems are designed to be educational tools for the students who are studying advanced manufacturing, construction trades, and other vocational programs. To accommodate both the hands-on training offerings and the theoretical principles of these offerings the design incorporates 24 classrooms, 10 labs, four group meeting rooms, administrative and counseling suites, a multi-purpose dining room and a combination full-prep and teaching kitchen. At full enrollment this school will serve 400+ students from across the charlotte-metro region.

The K – 12 School for Students with Learning Differences will be the third phase of the Huntersville Educational Campus. The new 70,000+ SF, two-story school facility is specifically tailored to children with learning differences and incudes a dedicated wing for up to 75 Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum students. Often referred to as a school within a school, this synergetic arrangement allows the diverse student population to share resources. The calm and peaceful ambiance of the wood interior components of the historic Halton School house was a natural precedent which inspired the K-12 school design features. Additionally, natural and indirect lighting, air quality, acoustics, and soothing colors were sensitively incorporated into the design given the critical sensory traits of this 350-student population.

The building plans include 21 classrooms for lower-, middle-, and upper-school students, 10 enrichment rooms for project-based exploratory lab, maker space, science, and resources rooms. Other shared spaces include a multi-purpose dining hall, gymnasium with stage, music room, art room, counselor offices, and administrative, counselor, psychologist, and therapists’ offices. Adjacent to the admin receptionist is a sally port style vestibule which serves as an air lock and a secure single point of entry during normal school hours.

Conn Elementary School

The design of the replacement Conn Elementary School on its existing site reflects its identity as an entrepreneurial magnet school, leveraging the building itself as a teaching tool and featuring varied spaces for collaboration and independent learning. Serving 528 students from pre-K to fifth grade, the new school represents a significant transformation from the existing facility, which lacked a prominent main entry and struggled with challenges related to wayfinding, security, and meeting the needs of today’s students. Throughout the reimagined facility, selectively exposed building systems provide opportunities to inform students about the built environment, while a playful color palette reinforces the school colors and brand. Central to the school’s goals for an entrepreneurial learning environment, the classrooms, media center, and interspersed collaboration commons are intended to inspire critical thinking and promote teamwork. One of Conn’s most unique components is their maker space, in which students can experiment and explore concepts. The new facility is 108,856 SF and was replaced at a construction cost of $30,600,000.

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2022 Annual Chapter Conference

Winds of Change April 2-6, 2022
Reflect. Recharge. Refocus.
Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Asheville, NC
Click here for more information and to register for the conference.


2022 Scholarship Award

The North Carolina Chapter sponsors a competitive scholarship program to provide financial support for students currently enrolled in a North Carolina undergraduate or post‐graduate program related to planning, design and construction of schools. Each academic year, up to five students in a North Carolina college or university will be selected as the recipient(s) of a $2,000.00 Scholarship Award. For complete details, please click here.

Deadline: Monday, January 31, 2022

Planner of the Year Award

The annual Planner of the Year Award is for educational facility planning excellence and is the highest and most distinguished honor conferred by our Chapter. For complete details, please click here.

Deadline: Monday, February 28, 2022


SchoolsNEXT 2019

The SchoolsNEXT team from Neal Middle School, Durham, NC, led by their inspirational teacher Joanna Ali, secured First Place – Award of Excellence at the 2019 LearningSCAPES conference in Anaheim, CA. You are invited to view their extraordinary presentation.

The Multicultural Advanced Learning Academy (MALA): Narrative » | Presentation »

Donate to Hurricane Florence Recovery

Florence Aid to Students and Teachers of North Carolina – FAST NC – is an effort led by a bipartisan group of current and former North Carolina education leaders to help the state’s public schools as students and educators struggle to return to normal following Hurricane Florence and its impact.

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