Joseph Estabrook Elementary School Featured In 2015 Architectural Portfolio Honoring Educational Design Excellence

DiNisco Design Partnership announces that Joseph Estabrook Elementary School, Lexington, 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.

DiNisco Design worked with the Town of Lexington to construct a new 540 student, K–5 elementary school on the site of the former Estabrook Elementary School. The new Elementary School is certified as a LEED-S Silver school. Other special features of the School include a roof garden, a small green house, and an outdoor amphitheater. The beautiful 13 acre site abuts conservation land, and the school has embraced it as part of their educational program, “The Big Backyard.” All of these spaces are a part of the extraordinary curriculum at the Estabrook Elementary 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, lifecycle of 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.