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Learning By Design Bestows Outstanding Project Award
April 25, 2018

Learning By Design, the premier source for education design and innovation excellence, has announced the presentation of its Outstanding Project Award for excellence in educational facility design to Woolpert, a national and international architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm, for Barkley Elementary School in Fort Campbell, Ky. The school was recognized for its architectural and interior design, and for having “benchmark type attributes worthy of imitation,” in the magazine’s spring 2018 edition.

Completed in August 2017, Barkley Elementary School was one of the first schools designed under the Department of Defense Education Activity’s (DoDEA) 21st-century education charter, which seeks to provide modern learning environments to facilitate a wide range of educational and instructional techniques.

The school houses 740 students in approximately 142,000 square feet. The Woolpert design team incorporated multiple elements that support 21st-century education philosophies, including designing flexible and adaptable spaces and multi-modal learning areas, harvesting natural lighting, utilizing a geothermal HVAC system, employing a thermal envelope to boost insulation performance and using solar energy for water heating. The design provides students with the opportunity to interact with the building’s multiple sustainable systems and enables the building to be used as a teaching tool.

The school replaced its 1955 predecessor with construction materials and high-performing systems that consume one-third of the energy of comparable buildings. The facility earned LEED Silver certification in 2017.

For this award, Learning By Design’s jury of five architects and end users scored projects on six measures: innovation, community need, interior design, sustainability, functional design and 21st-century learning. The jury lauded Barkley’s strong use of the prototype to test learning environment design principles, use of learning communities and larger group instructions in the hallway.

This honor was the most recent earned by the school, which also has been awarded design and building honors by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chief of Engineers and American School and University.

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