2021 Excellence Awards

Call for Entries

The Excellence Awards, established in 2005, recognize South Carolina's Best in Class school solutions. The winners of last year's A4LE state conference exemplified some of the finest school construction projects in South Carolina.

Entries must meet the following criteria:
  • Schools must be located in South Carolina.
  • Construction must have been completed after 1/1/2017.
  • Award submittals may be made by the Owner, Architect, Engineer, General Contractor, or Construction Manager. The entity submitting the project must be a member of A4LE South Carolina.
  • Entries must be submitted under one of the following categories:
    • New Construction
    • Addition / Renovation

Submittals are due on or before June 30, 2021.

Download the submittal guidelines.

The entry fee is $250 per school submittal.


Design Award Jurors

Marc Clinch:
Marc serves as the Chief Facilities Officer for The School District of Osceola County, Florida. He oversees planning, design and construction for one of the fastest growing counties in Florida. SDOC serves over 76,000 students. Prior to joining SDOC in 2016, Marc lead one of the largest school expansion programs in the U.S. He is a licensed Florida General Contractor and has owned and operated his own design and construction management firm. He holds degrees in Building Construction and Business Management. Mr. Clinch started his construction career with the U.S. Navy Seabees. He retired after 22 years of service as an E9, Command Mast Chief/Construction Master Chief.

Joe Echeverri:
Joe is a Principal at Bassetti Architects with over 20 years of experience. As the leader of Bassetti’s Portland, Oregon office, he plays an active role in local, sustainable design, with a keen interest in modernizing existing and historic school buildings. Joe’s interest in K-12 architecture was infused by growing up among a family of educators. In addition to his passion for design, Joe enjoys inspiring students through volunteer and intern mentorship programs within the greater Portland area. Joe is currently Past President for the Oregon/ SW Washington A4LE Chapter, and has volunteered on the board for the past three years

Steven Grube:
Steve serves as the Director of Planning and Construction Services for the Volusia County School District, Daytona Beach, Florida. VCS consists of 68 schools and 4 alternative education facilities with an enrollment of over 65,000 students. Mr. Grube holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Florida. Additionally, he is a retired Navy Commander and aviator with over 22 years of military service. Previously, Steve served as the Director of Facilities Planning at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga. and as Senior Facilities Director of Design & Construction for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida.

Annemarie Jacques:
After almost twenty years as a sole practitioner and professor of architecture at Clemson University, Annemarie relocated to Portland, Oregon to be near family. She currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the School of Architecture at Portland State University. In addition to architecture, Ms. Jacques also works as an artistic, architectural and documentary photographer. She earned a Communication Design Studies (Photography) degree from Leeds Polytechnic, Leeds, England and a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture from Clemson University. In 2019, Annemarie served as a juror for the A4LE design awards program for the state of Washington.
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