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BrainSpaces collaborates with edSurge to inspire makers to envision learning environment of the future!

 

Kelley Tanner Joins BrainSpaces!

Kelley Tanner, current president of CEFPI’s Northwest Region, joins BrainSpaces to lead research and development.  She is developing “PK12 Forum” a collection of ideas, research, news and best-practices in the realm of education.  Stay tuned!

 

2011:  A Very Good Year!!

Amy Yurko was awarded the 2011 CEFPI Planner of the Year!

This is the highest and most distinguished honor conferred by the Council.

See her award submittal package HERE

 

CEFPI PRESS RELEASE:

WASHINGTON, DC (September 22, 2011) 

AMY YURKO HONORED AS CEFPI PLANNER OF THE YEAR

Amy Yurko, AIA,  is the recipient of the 2011 Planner of the Year award, the highest and most distinguished individual honor conferred by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI).

The Planner of the Year award is presented annually to the individual whose professional facility planning activities have produced a positive and significant regional, national and/or international impact on educational facility planning, adding to the body of knowledge and store of best practices in the field. 

"As a licensed architect and founder of BrainSpaces, Amy Yurko has been involved in educational facility planning across North America and the world.  Her dedication to the development of superior learning environments is not only expressed through her professional planning activities, but through her work as an educator and as a volunteer to construct schools for underprivileged communities in South America.  Amy Yurko exemplifies the goals of CEFPI and is an outstanding selection for this year's CEFPI Planner of the Year," noted David Edwards, AIA, chair, CEFPI.

As both architect and educator, Amy Yurko “bridges-the gap” between the two groups to ensure that the goals of creating effective learning environments that contribute to student success are supported with honesty, creativity and grace.  Her thoughtful integration of education, learning and architecture allows for fresh approaches to programming and planning as well as translating educational goals into clear and effective directions for school facilities. With this combined perspective, Amy Yurko is uniquely equipped to advocate for excellence in student learning environments.  Excellence is defined and accomplished in different ways for diverse clients – Amy Yurko ensures that site-based distinctions are recognized and accommodated, while incorporating and adapting innovative solutions and best practices and from around the world.

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The Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) is the only professional organization whose principal purpose is improving the places where children learn.  CEFPI embraces a diverse group of professionals with one single goal – building healthy, safe, high performance and sustainable learning environments that enhance student and teacher performance and support culture and community vitality.  To learn more, visit www.cefpi.org

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The new Marysville Getchell High School Campus has sweeping wins in awards programs throughout the country.   Recognition includes:

· MacConnell Award: Council of Educational Facility Planners International

· Grand Prize: National School Boards Association (highest award given nationally)

· Grand Prize: School Planning & Management (highest award given nationally)

· Polished Apple Award: Council of Educational Facility Planners International, Washington Chapter

· Award of Merit: AIA Committee on Architecture for Education

· Merit Award, Civic Design Award: AIA Washington Council

 

 

See a Video Tour of the Award Winning Campus HERE

 

CEFPI PRESS RELEASE:

WASHINGTON, DC (September 22, 2011) 

Marysville Getchell High School Campus

Named 2011 James D. MacConnell Award Winner

 

Marysville Getchell High School Campus, Marysville, Washington, captured the coveted 2011 James D. MacConnell Award at the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Annual Conference & Expo held last week at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee. The James D. MacConnell Award recognizes the importance of a comprehensive planning process resulting in educational facilities that meet multiple goals, while serving the needs of the community. 

This project exemplifies one of the most incredible turnarounds in educational history. After a long teacher strike, low graduation rates, and school overcrowding after years of bond failures, the Marysville School District rallied around a new superintendent. With a focus on transforming student learning, the board adopted five Guiding Principles that served as benchmarks for both education and the environments that support them. The result is an innovative awarding-winning campus and, five years later, a 27% increase in graduation rates.

“From visioning to strategic planning to educational facility planning, Marysville Getchell embraced a very comprehensive approach that resulted in a wonderful facility that is a true reflection of the blend of community aspirations with 21st century learning environments.  Not only did this planning process positively impact the success of this design, it was the impetus for change across the entire school district,” remarked David Edwards, chairman, CEFPI.

“I am so proud of the innovation and transformation our team was able to accomplish in collaboration with the ownership team. Even better is when I hear students say ‘WOW’ the first time they see the campus," said DLR Group Principal Craig Mason, AIA, LEED AP.

According to educational facility planner Amy Yurko, AIA, CEFPI 2011 Planner of the Year, embedded in the process for planning and designing this new campus for high school students was an understanding of what students need to be successful in their educational careers as well as throughout their lives.  These needs stretch across physical, social/emotional, and developmental aspects of each individual learner and tie them together in new and exciting ways.  Through the collaborative and inclusive planning process, the range of learner needs were translated into the student groupings and activities required and then translated again into the physical settings where these activities are supported. The resulting design of the Marysville Getchell Campus is beautiful, dynamic, flexible and supportive of teaching and learning, but perhaps more importantly, the new campus is transforming the lives of students in Marysville. 

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The Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) is the only professional organization whose principal purpose is improving the places where children learn.  CEFPI embraces a diverse group of professionals with one single goal – building healthy, safe, high performance and sustainable learning environments that enhance student and teacher performance and support culture and community vitality.  To learn more, visit www.cefpi.org

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Amy Yurko, AIA presents at the 2011 TEDx Bloomington  conference.  Check out her talk on youtube: “The Wonder of Wonder”

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Amy Yurko, AIA travels to Honduras to help facilitate the construction and renovation of rural schools in support of the volunteer efforts of Schools for the Children of the World.

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For past announcements about BrainSpaces, click here: Achievements

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHT

 

Two of Four MacConnell Award Finalists were planned by BrainSpaces!

Never before has one planner been recognized for two projects in one year!

 

 

Marysville Getchell High School Campus

 

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SuValley Jr/Sr High School

BrainSpaces in the news!

(see article below)

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