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Stantec awarded three Grand Prizes for Education Design Excellence

St. James Intermediate School, Manor New Tech Middle School, and Sam Houston State University - Piney Woods Residence Hall win top honors; Socastee Elementary School wins Outstanding Project


Stantec was honored with three of five grand prize awards in the Education Design Awards of Excellence from Learning By Design Magazine. These top honors went to Manor New Tech Middle School in Manor, TX; St. James Intermediate School in Myrtle Beach, SC; and Sam Houston State University Piney Woods Residence Hall in Huntsville, TX. The Socastee Elementary School in Myrtle Beach, SC also received the Outstanding Project award.    

A panel of eight architects, education administrators, and facility professionals reviewed 72 submissions and selected five Grand Prize Award-winning facilities. Judging criteria focused on projects that leverage all the elements that make a learning environment successful—transparency, connectivity, safety, sustainability, great interiors, purposeful functional design, and sophistication. 

Manor New Tech Middle School, one of the only schools developed from the beginning with the New Tech model in mind, is a comprehensive 100,000-square foot school middle school designed to support project-based learning (PBL). The three-story building features an open and transparent plan organized around a central hub, providing an environment that removes barriers, incorporates collaboration, and is rich in technology. Building orientation and skylights bring daylight into all academic and lab spaces for optimal student well-being while also reducing energy use. A variety of flexible spaces and furnishings promotes instructional adaptability and learning at different scales, delivering a wide range of educational opportunities.

St. James Intermediate School is one of four middle school facilities completed for Horry County Public Schools as part of a design-build partnership with SfL+A Architects and Mozingo Wallace. The 170,784-square foot facility incorporates flexibility and freedom with greater visibility, access to technology, occupant comfort and choice, and a celebration of community in an open dining and media commons – all of which are consistent with 21st Century learning. The prototype is designed to be energy-positive (beyond net-zero) and generate more energy than is consumed through the use of geothermal systems, on-site photo-voltaics, LED lighting, enhanced building automation, and a superior building envelope.

Sam Houston State University Piney Woods Residence Hall serves as a gateway to the campus and draws students together. The 105,000-square foot building offers a large community space on the ground floor and an outdoor courtyard for all Sam Houston students to congregate, study, and collaborate. There are two different unit types: single-room suites and double-room suites. Communities of around 40 students share a social lounge, community kitchen, and study rooms. A faculty apartment features a private exterior terrace on the second level. 

Socastee Elementary School is an innovative environment incorporating maximum transparency, integrated technology, and a common sense of community around flexible learning common spaces. As part of a design/build effort in partnership with SFl+A Architects (lead architect) and Mozingo + Wallace Architects (exterior architect), Stantec designed the interior architecture in support of the learning outcomes. The120,401-square foot school is designed to be energy positive (beyond net-zero) and generate more energy than is consumed through the use of geothermal systems, solar PV, LED lighting, enhance building automation, and a superior building envelope.

Stantec is the nation’s No. 1 K-12 Architecture Firm, as ranked by Building Design + Construction, recognized for designing innovative learning environments that give students, faculty, administrators and their communities the spaces they need to learn, grow, and succeed. Through global design, intuitive planning, and local delivery, the team is focused on supporting our greatest asset, our current and future generations of students. 

About Stantec
Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind. We care about the communities we serve—because they're our communities too. This allows us to assess what's needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what's never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success. We're designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe. Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN. 

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Manor New Tech Middle School

St. James Intermediate School

Sam Houston State University Piney Woods Residence

Socastee Elementary School

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