Originally published in Interiors & Sources

10/06/2006

School of the Future Wins Design Award

 

Hopewell, NJ (September, 2006) /PRNewswire/ - After three years of planning with Microsoft and the School District of Philadelphia, the Prisco Group-designed "School of the Future" has won its first international award for an engaging, modern environment on a standard urban public-school budget. The Prisco Group, an architectural and engineering firm in Hopewell, NJ, was awarded the Recognized Value Award for the "design in progress" as part of DesignShare/School Construction News' sixth annual awards program, "Models for the 21st century."

 

The school, which opened its doors on September 7, 2006, resides on seven acres in West Philadelphia's Fairmount Park and is aesthetically pleasing, technologically advanced, environmentally friendly and replicable throughout the world on a traditional budget. The project was identified as having "recognized value" in the ongoing dialogue about the design of more effective learning environments.

 

The School of the Future is an opportunity to rethink traditional educational facilities to meet the current and future needs of all learners. Integrating technology, curriculum and sustainable design elements allow learners to use the building and all of its features as "built-in" teaching tools. Through support of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, the State of Pennsylvania Sustainable Development Fund and the City of Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), many of the high-performance features received grants.

 

"Designing and building an energy-efficient building does not have to be costly. Benefits such as increased durability, less maintenance, and energy savings are a direct result of sustainable design," says Scott Prisco, principal of the Prisco Group.

 

The essential element of award-winning school facility design is balance among a school's educational philosophy, curriculum vision, technology needs and the community. Driven by new educational concepts, the architectural design creates an internal communication core—in a sense a school "street," with direct access to "adaptive functional modules" designed to be replicated elsewhere. The facility also provides open community access to ground-level modules—the performing arts area, physical education center and interactive learning center.

 

The building will create a healthy and productive learning environment—while potentially saving the School District of Philadelphia operational dollars—and become a living textbook as students monitor and analyze building systems as part of their learning process.

 

The School District of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia School Improvement Team and Microsoft picked the Prisco Group to design the 800-student, 162,000-square-foot school in March 2004.

 

Details of the curriculum and features of the school are available at www.thepriscogroup.com and at www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/sotf/default.mspx.

 

For additional inquiries, contact Debra Dalrymple, director of marketing, at (609) 564-0640.

 

This release was issued through eReleases™. For more information, visit www.ereleases.com.

 

Source: The Prisco Group (www.thepriscogroup.com)

 


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