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North & South Carolina Chapters Joint Virtual Fall Event

December 3-4, 2020

Please participate in our joint event! You will have the opportunity to acquire more in-depth knowledge for your profession through live and recorded sessions. We offer 15 AIA credits and attendance certificates. Click here for more information and to register for this event.


Building Bridges for Education

2019 Annual Chapter Conference

March 31 – April 2, 2019
Building Bridges for Education
Winston-Salem, NC


Wrightsville Beach

2018 Annual Chapter Conference

March 18-20, 2018
Innovate, Collaborate & Rejuvenate
Holiday Inn Resort
Wrightsville Beach, NC


Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

2017 Annual Chapter Conference

March 19-21, 2017
Catch the Wave – Transforming Spaces to Empower all Learners
Holiday Inn Resort
Wrightsville Beach, NC


Concord, North Carolina

2016 Annual Chapter Conference

April 24-26, 2016
Dollars, Decisions and Design – Driving Education Forward!
Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Concord Golf Resort & Spa, Concord, NC

Past Events

Fall Tours

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

1 AIA CEU available

Join us for a virtual tour of several schools followed by a panel discussion with Q&A.

Lewisville Middle School
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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
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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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Fuquay-Varina High School Renovation
The new Fuquay-Varina High School in Wake County opened in August of 2021 at a cost of $90.6 million dollars. The 360,000SF facility will serve 2,350 students in grades 9-12. A large central courtyard provides for outdoor dining and multiple outdoor learning spaces and is the new heart of the campus. Major program elements such as the media center and dining commons are located to capture views and natural light from the courtyard promoting a sense of health and well-being. The classroom tower includes abundant commons spaces such that every classroom has direct access to collaborative breakout areas. Circulation in the classroom tower is along the perimeter wall to provide views to the courtyard which enhances wayfinding and reinforces the connection to nature, essential to the design of healthy learning environments.

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Members (Private Sector) $20 | Non-Members (Private Sector) $30
FREE for School District Attendees – BUT YOU MUST REGISTER!

Link will be sent to registered attendees the morning of the event.


Fall Tour

Wake County Public School System’s “Southeast Raleigh Elementary” and the YMCA
Monday, September 30, 2019
10:30 am | Presentation begins @ 11:00
1436 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh, NC

CEU's Available

Y Elementary The Southeast Raleigh YMCA and Southeast Raleigh Elementary School is a unique partnership between The YMCA of the Triangle, the Wake County Public School System, and the Southeast Raleigh Promise with a shared mission to provide wellness and education opportunities to the underserved community of Southeast Raleigh. This is a community developed from the Purpose-Built Communities model, with the larger goal of ending the cycle of intergenerational poverty. The project is part of a larger mixed-use “Beacon Site” that will include affordable housing, a credit union, a grocery store, an urgent care, and incubator commercial office space to serve as a catalyst to bring about meaningful change.

The project takes advantage of the many synergies available between the YMCA and the elementary school and the community initiatives of the Southeast Raleigh Promise. Outdoor playfields, play structures, parking, drives, and other infrastructure are shared. The school cafeteria will serve as a community multi-purpose room after hours. The school gym can be used by YMCA patrons as a third gymnasium after hours. The YMCA has a heated outdoor pool where students will take swimming lessons as part of their physical education curriculum. The 5th grade learning commons includes a community kitchen that will be programmed by the Southeast Raleigh Promise after hours for healthy cooking and eating education for the community. The school’s Pre-K facilities are licensed by Headstart and include four classrooms and a commons.

The school uses some Paideia style teaching strategies in a couple upper grade classes, but it’s not its instructional focus. It has a soft roll out of an Institute for Learning approach. Basically, there are several new teaching practices involved in it. The primary focus this year is teaching through equity lenses to build authentic and positive relationships with the students.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand economic mobility challenges of the Southeast Raleigh Community
  • Examine the impact of access to quality social infrastructure components
  • Learn how public private partnerships (PPP) plays a key role in this development project
  • Learn about the synergies available in a unique collaboration that pairs multiple community organizations and facilities

Free Parking (be here at 10:30 AM):
At Mount Peace Baptist Church, 1601 Martin Luther King Blvd. Raleigh, NC
Free shuttle service will be provided to take participants from the parking lot to the school at 10:30 am, and back from the school to the parking lot at 1:00 pm.

Registration is FREE, but you must register!

Lunch Provided by:

Ratio    Balfour Beatty


Fall Tour

Brooks Elementary School
Friday, October 5, 2018
11:00 am – 1:30 pm
700 Northbrook Dr., Raleigh, NC 27609

Brooks Museums Magnet Elementary School

Conference Registration:
Members and non-members: FREE

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Brooks Museums Magnet Elementary School is the first Museums Magnet Elementary School in North Carolina. Each grade level uses local museums as resources and for field trip opportunities. The school teaches using the Paideia educational theory which falls into three categories: first, reading, research, and lecturing takes place to begin each project; second, in school teacher coached and student led projects are developed; and third, the teacher facilitates group discussion to unveil the projects findings. Student project work is exhibited in the building, creating a museum atmosphere while museums are utilized as places of learning and extensions of the classroom. Because of their unique program, the school’s current leadership expressed the desire to create gallery and exhibition spaces, as well as permanent display areas. Group learning spaces to help facilitate hands on projects, class collaboration, and interactive teaching have also been incorporated into the design to align with their current teaching philosophies. The design for Brooks Elementary School complies with the school district’s Energy Guidelines for new school facilities, which establish a very rigorous energy conservation target that must be documented and verified at each design phase. To meet this goal, the design includes a high performance building envelope, energy-efficient 4-pipe VAV mechanical system, air-cooled chiller, gas-fired condensing boilers, LED interior lighting. These improvements led to the achievement of Wake County’s energy conservation target as well as the EPA’s “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR” program. The anticipated operational savings represents a 28% reduction vs. the EPA average.

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Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the effects of a high performance building envelope on the comfort of the occupants and energy savings
  • Learn about improved comfort for the occupants through the use of LED lighting and daylighting
  • Observe how excellent IAQ affects the health of the students with resulting improvements in student attendance
  • Observe how the entire facility is fully used for a variety of different activities by all occupants

Lunch provided by:
Bordeaux Construction Moseley Architects CLH Design


Fall Tour

Isaac Dickson Elementary School
North Carolina Chapter in collaboration with USGBC North Carolina Chapter

October 6, 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm
125 Hill St, Asheville, NC 28801

Students at Isaac Dickson Elementary School are welcomed by a 65-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton that is mounted on the school's main lobby wall and stands 28 feet long and 10 feet high! The dinosaur was donated to the school to demonstrate the impact that rapid changes in the earth's atmospheric conditions can have on its inhabitants.

Isaac Dickson Elementary School's magnet theme is experiential education, and the building reflects that focus. Through project based learning, students tackle a challenging academic curriculum in ways that are fun, engaging, meaningful and adaptable to a variety of learning styles. The school also provides after-school clubs on topics such as karate, cooking, chess, science, swimming, mosaics, coding, and more.

The new building features a media center, amphitheater, outdoor learning spaces, community gardens and more. Designed to be as green as possible, the building features geothermal heating and cooling, daylighting, constructed wetland and rainwater collection. Isaac Dickson has been submitted for Platinum LEED certification.

Please join us for this exciting tour and program.

Conference Registration:
Members and non-members: FREE

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