2013 Polished Apple Award

Award winners for the 2013 Polished Apple Award program were chosen from submittals to the Design Exhibit and announced at the 2013 WA/MT Chapter Conference in Spokane, WA. The Polished Apple Winner and Merit Award Winners were selected by an independent jury, consisting of an educator recognized as an innovative leader (Dr. Brian Benzel, Whitworth University), an educational facilities planner with substantial experience as the primary Owner representative on major education facilities projects (Greg Brown, AIA, Spokane School District); and an architect who has completed significant works of civic design (Jim Cortner, AIA, Cortner Architectural Company).


Secondary Academy for Success
Northshore School District
Studio Meng Strazzara

There is only one Polished Apple Winner each year, given to the Owner/Design Team with the constructed Washington State project that best represents exemplary practice in the following areas of educational facility planning and design:
  • Responsiveness to program
  • Innovative solutions
  • Sustainable design strategies
  • Adaptability to changes in educational delivery
  • Positive aesthetics and materials use
  • Reinforcement of the surrounding community

Merit Award

Baker Middle School
Tacoma Public Schools
BLRB Architects

Geiger Montessori School
Tacoma Public Schools
Hutteball & Oremus Architecture

Westview Elementary School
Spokane Public Schools
ALSC Architects

Awards of Merit are given for superior quality projects within the same criteria as the Polished Apple Winner. Citations call attention to outstanding features of individual projects. The number of Merit Awards given will be at the sole discretion of the jury, based on the number of projects it deems to represent exemplary practice.

People's Choice Award Winner

Geiger Montessori School
Tacoma Public Schools
Hutteball & Oremus Architecture

Attendees at the Conference have the opportunity to vote for the People's Choice Award. The winner receives the People's Choice Award, a Merit Award level of recognition.
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