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Archive for October, 2009
Connecting innovative design with innovative ways of learning October 26th, 2009

Please share your ideas and experiences with truly innovative educational facilities. We invite you to write about the most innovative schools you’ve worked for, attended or visited. Describe how those facilities intertwined phenomenal curricular activity with outstanding buildings, and your schools could become DesignShare case studies!


SCOTTSDALE, AZ (October 23, 2009)— New officers for 2009-2010 were introduced during the closing plenary of the recent Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) World Conference & Expo in Washington, DC.

Judith P. Hoskens assumed the helm of the organization as president of the CEFPI Board of Directors. Judy Hoskens’ past contributions have been exceptional in furthering the vision of the Council – to promote excellence in student learning environments. Judy’s dedication to the development of effective educational facilities utilizing a successful planning process with attention to the community, the educational specifications and the environment is unparalleled.

As senior educational planner and project manager in Cuningham Group Architecture’s Minneapolis office, Judy Hoskens has first-hand experience translating client goals and needs into unique building solutions. Through her participation on many projects, she has reaffirmed her belief that the best educational facilities result from the active participation of all stakeholders, including learners, educators, administrators, parents and community members.

Daniel R. Mader, AIA, REFP, LEED AP, takes over the position of Midwest Great/Lakes representative on the Board of Directors. As president and CEO of Fanning Howey, a leading architectural engineering firm specializing in educational facility design, Dan Mader has over 30 years of experience in educational facility planning and design. Dan has been an active member of CEFPI for 17 years and has served as the Midwest – Great Lakes region president, past president and treasurer as well as governor for Area 5. He has been a part of the International strategic planning team, a member of the panel for the selection of CEFPI Planner of the Year, and has served on the nominating committee for international president.

An active member of CEFPI since 1974, Edward M. McMilin, REFP, at-large representative, Board of Directors, has held a number of leadership positions, including president of the Midwest/Great Lakes region for six different terms. He is currently serving on the International Governance task force that is part of the effort to create and implement a new strategic plan enabling CEFPI to assume a greater global position. During his 32 year tenure as facilities planner for Milwaukee Public Schools, Ed McMilin was involved in all phases of the planning, design, and construction of hundreds of projects involving new schools, additions, and renovations of existing facilities totaling over $500 million. He oversaw the implementation of the $120 million Neighborhood Schools Initiative that created 11,000 new student seats in six new schools, 19 additions to schools, and renovations in 14 other schools in order to reduce an equal number of students being transported, thus permitting these students to attend school in their neighborhood. Ed also accomplished several community projects that were part of the economic development in the City of Milwaukee.

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

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School Building Expo - CALL FOR PAPERS October 22nd, 2009

2010 School Building Expo
2010 College Building Expo
MAY 10-13, 2010 – NAVY PIER, CHICAGO, IL

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: November 18th, 2010

TWO Conferences under one roof!! In 2010 School Building Expo will be held in conjunction with College Building Expo at the Navy Pier in Chicago, May 10-13th. These two events will offer over 25 concurrent sessions that highlight the top professionals that are shaping the future of education design, build and construction. The sessions should focus on furthering the knowledge of professionals associated with education and educational facilities.

If you are in K-12 and want to share your expertise and experiences with our industry please visit and if you are in higher education and want to share please visit .

I would be happy to discuss your ideas further or answer any questions. Please feel free to contact me directly at or 508-759-0075.


SCOTTSDALE, AZ (October 19, 2009) – Rosa Parks School and the Community Campus at New Columbia, Portland, Oregon, received the highly regarded 2009 James D. MacConnell Award for school facility planning excellence during the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) recent World Conference & Expo in Washington, DC. The internationally recognized award was created by CEFPI to acknowledge the significant contributions that Dr. MacConnell made to both the profession of planning educational facilities and to CEFPI. The MacConnell Award is presented to the most exemplary project that demonstrates a comprehensive planning process, development of wide-ranging educational specifications, and a design that meets the requirement of the educational program.

The Rosa Parks School and the Community Campus at New Columbia began as a community conversation concerning Columbia Villa, a low income housing project that had fallen into economic and social disrepair and resulted in a collaborative vision to rebuild Columbia Villa as a mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood called New Columbia, anchored by the Community Campus. The centerpiece of the Community Campus is the new Rosa Parks School, the second new school to be designed and constructed by Portland Public Schools in 30 years.

The firm of Dull Olson Weekes Architects led the district in a consensus-based design process which involved city leaders, Columbia Villa residents, adjacent neighbors, Housing Authority commissioners, local businesses, staff and parents. Meeting at the Community Campus, a Campus Compact was drawn that integrated the public-private partnership creating a framework for operations, funding, rights and obligations, as well as an on-site committee to deal with future initiatives and issues. The partners include the Housing Authority of Portland (HAP), Portland Public Schools, Boys and Girls Club and Portland Parks & Recreation.

Without the combination of private, public and federal funds, Rosa Parks School and the Community Campus might still remain a dream. Over 25 private donors and foundations provided support and in-kind services for this truly intergenerational center. Federal tax credits provided supplemental funding and the state of Oregon provided monies to procure furniture. Even more importantly, by partnering, sharing space, and aligning programs, the overall cost of the project was reduced almost by half.

The school is Portland Public School’s first “green” development and has been certified LEED Gold. Environmentally focused, Rosa Parks’ developable property is less than 1.8 acres and nearly 90% of the students walk or bike to school. The school is divided into four educational neighborhoods, each serving 125-130 students. Internal programs are augmented by support from local businesses that provide mentorship, and family participation is encouraged.

“Rosa Parks School and Community Campus is to be congratulated for its intensive collaboration and community planning that resulted in an exemplary model for building future community partnerships, outstanding learning environments and strong neighborhoods in the Portland Public Schools district. It truly is a sustainable learning laboratory, including photovoltaics, 100 % stormwater retention and a community garden,” stated Judy Hoskens, REFP, president, CEFPI.

The construction of the Rosa Parks School and Community Campus was instrumental in initiating a city-wide conversation regarding all Portland Public School facilities, the roles of school in the community and the community in the school. In a city noted worldwide for its exemplary planning, schools seem to have been forgotten. The conversation concluded with the development of a set of Guiding Principles on which the district will base future school decisions. These principles include: schools as center of community and neighborhood; community and the development of partnerships; creative teaching and learning; sustainability- think green/teach green; and, adaptability to continuous change.

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

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Irene Nigaglioni, AIA, REFP, awarded 2009 Planner of the Year October 15th, 2009

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (October 14, 2009)—Irene Nigaglioni, AIA, REFP, is the recipient of the 2009 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. This year’s exceptional winner qualifies on every level, signified by her passion for planning quality facilities for all students served by her constituents.

Ms. Nigaglioni was instrumental in the establishment of the “School Construction Cost Outlook”, an annual collaborative publication between members of the CEFPI Gulf Coast Chapter and the Houston chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC). The annual publication provides recommendations which assist school districts in planning bond referendums and scheduling future construction.

In response to the devastating hurricanes of 2005, Irene Nigaglioni was first to volunteer and co-chair the Katrina/Rita Task Force, a CEFPI Southern region effort to turn adversity into a positive outcome. She headed the effort, eventually enlisting the support of the CEFPI Foundation & Charitable Trust’s Paragon Project program to assist her in providing support and expertise to affected school districts. Motivated by this experience, Ms. Nigaglioni led the charge in developing a Disaster Recovery Guide, available to school districts worldwide in an effort to assist them to prepare, manage and recover from a disaster. This dynamic Guide resides on the CEFPI website and Ms. Nigaglioni continues to update the information.

“Ms. Nigaglioni brought a dimension to CEFPI’s role in educational facility planning which extends beyond its belief statement: there is a standard by which to measure. She used her professional skills in a true humanitarian effort for our children and should be held up as representative of the true mission and vision of CEFPI,” stated Beverly C. Lawrason, assistant superintendent, St. Bernard Parish, LA.

“Dedicated, energetic, enthusiastic and knowledgeable, coupled with her ‘let’s get-it-done’ attitude, are words that come to mind when describing this unique and remarkable woman, Irene Nigaglioni,” said William A. Stice, REFP, president, CEFPI Southern region.

Most recently, Ms. Nigaglioni served as international chairperson for the CEFPI Communications Committee, delivering the “101 Handbook”; website upgrades and teasers; video conferencing and podcasts; as well as an online library and bulletin board. A graduate of the CEFPI/San Diego State University Advanced Certification program, Ms. Nigaglioni serves as a professor for one of the eight-week courses.

“Nominated by her colleagues for this prestigious award, Irene Nigaglioni’s compassion and commitment to provide quality learning environments for all learners is unparalled,” remarked Judith P. Hoskens, REFP, president, CEFPI.

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

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Richard Riley Award – Schools as Centers of Community: A National Search for Excellence October 2nd, 2009

*Richard Riley Award Nominations Due December 1, 2009 *

In 2004, the KnowledgeWorks Foundation launched the Richard Riley Award – Schools as Centers of Community: A National Search for Excellence. This initiative was part of an effort to support school districts and communities that make school facilities more conducive to learning, and more accessible to the entire community. The award is named in honor of former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley, who led the way in the 1990’s in promoting the concept of schools as centers of community.

The American Architectural Foundation, in partnership with KnowledgeWorks Foundation, is pleased to continue acknowledgement of community school design achievement through the Richard Riley Award. In the fall, a school that illustrates both community collaboration and school design excellence will be announced. A $5,000 prize will be awarded to the winning school. The prize will be offered to the school only; individuals are not eligible to receive the award.

*Due to high interest in the Richard Riley Award, the deadline for nominations has been changed to December 1, 2009*

For nominating instructions, a sample nomination form, and information about past winners, please visit the Richard Riley Award page.

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