CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Oct 11, 2012) - Nagle Hartray Architecture and their client, Latin School of Chicago, have received a Grand Award for outstanding educational facility design in the Fall 2012 Edition of LEARNING BY DESIGN, the premier biannual guide that showcases innovative school and university design and construction projects. Nagle Hartray Architecture is one of only three firms to receive a Grand Award in the Fall 2012 design competition.
LEARNING BY DESIGN judges commended Nagle Hartray for its transformation of the fourth floor of the Latin School into the Upper School Science Center. The new space features flexible classrooms for physics, chemistry, biology, and general science as well as an Interactive Science Forum. Nagle Hartray incorporated LCD screens, interactive learning tools, and floor-to-ceiling writing spaces into the design. "From the flooring finishes to the wall finishes, the school maximizes the space so learning can take place anytime, anywhere," said the judges. Judges also praised the school's energy efficiency and sustainability features, including photovoltaic solar panels, a bird-friendly wind turbine, a solar water heater, and a monitoring station for students to view the school's energy levels. The project is LEED for Commercial Interiors Gold certified.
"With the new Science Center, we have a physical space that supports how we teach science at Latin. Our goal is to have our students doing science -- designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions about how the universe works. The new science center inspires our students to do just that. Every aspect of the space is designed with a focus on the students, providing them with the facilities and equipment to experiment and to investigate. Moreover, we want our students to work together and to gain experience in communicating their ideas and conclusions to others, and multiple aspects of the design - from the flexible furniture arrangements to the dazzling availability of writeable space - encourage students and teachers to collaborate and to share ideas. Overall, it is a space that invites and encourages exploration, creativity, collaboration and conversation, and has actually inspired the faculty to become better teachers," said Steven Coberly, a Latin science teacher.
More information about this STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) -themed project, including photography, is available on the prek-12 section of Nagle Hartray's (http://www.naglehartray.com/portfolio/pre-k-12-education.htm) website, or LEARNING BY DESIGN's digital edition at www.learningbydesign.biz.
About Nagle Hartray Architecture: Nagle Hartray was founded in 1966 and quickly earned a reputation for its unusual balance of design excellence, sound project management, and technical expertise. We are distinguished by our empathetic approach -- our ability to put ourselves in the shoes of those we design for and of those who construct our designs. Projects reflecting our core values can be viewed at www.naglehartray.com.