Douglas Elementary School Featured In 2015 Architectural Portfolio Honoring Education Design Excellence

Dinisco Design Partnership announces that Douglas Elementary School, Douglas, Massachusetts has been selected for publication in Penton’s American School & University® 2015 Architectural Portfolio. The project is featured in the November 2015 edition of the magazine and also online at An annual competition honoring education design excellence, the Architectural Portfolio spotlights projects representing today’s most effective learning environments.

The original Douglas Intermediate/Elementary School was overcrowded and had insufficient classrooms. The size, configuration, and topography of the available site, plus adjacent wetlands, posed a challenge in optimizing the orientation of a new 83,000 SF elementary school. Maximizing the north/south orientation of the classrooms afforded the most usable and controllable natural daylighting of these spaces, thus improving the indoor environment. Significant electrical energy savings were yielded through the use of controls for the classroom lighting system. The newly designed elementary school is a certified LEED-S Silver School.

A jury of American Institute of Architects (AlA) Committee on Architecture for Education members and education administrators evaluated submissions from architectural firms, schools, and universities across the country. One hundred twelve projects were chosen for publication in AS&U, a monthly educational facilities, purchasing, and business administration magazine reaching 57,000 facility planners, school and university administrators, and architects with this issue. This is the 33rd year the competition has been held.

When determining citation winners and other outstanding designs, this year’s jury decided upon the following criteria: collaborative at both the student and educator levels, personalized learning, project-based learning, flexibility, active learning/active play/movement in K-12 spaces, STEM, technology, resourcefulness in every part of the building, agility of spaces, adaptation, lifecycleof building and systems, building/facility that reflects community and functions as center of community, security/safety, learning occurring in every part of the building, age-appropriate spaces, and an appropriate sense of place/culture.

More information about the Architectural Portfolio, including a complete list of 2015 projects selected for publication, is available on American School & University’s Web site, or by contacting Molly Roudebush, senior marketing manager, at (913) 967-1959 or

Founded in 1928, American School & University is devoted exclusively to education facilities/business administration. The authority for information about the educational facilities market, AS&U delivers an insightful combination of exclusive reports, special focuses and how-to articles each month. For more information, please visit and American School & University is published by Penton.