Jurors commented how the scale of the renovation related to the students, used primary colors to develop visual excitement, and developed a progression of the entry process. They also liked the idea of how the canopy materials expressed a simple structural system showing how building elements are assembled.
"The jury believes this small school for 200 students provides an active learning environment that reflects the northwest locale. Classrooms can be combined to turn three spaces accommodating 61 people each into one large group area for up to 48, allowing flexibility in instructional alternatives. The materials used reflect a judicious selection on the part of the architect, that are both attractive and durable."
Honorable Mention Design Award for outstanding educational facility design ... Recognized for the new construction of Ron Russell Middle School (Portland, OR), ... "The Rommel Architectural Partnership, LLP, is one of only 10 architectural to receive an Honorable Mention Award from more than 130 entries...
The panel of judges gave high marks for the strategic conservation of a Douglas Fir tree grove during construction, commenting that the trees provide ideal visual and physical separation between the school and the street. The school's design also features a two story circulation spine that runs through the building's central commons area and creates a focal point for the school and surrounding neighborhood.
The building's forms and materials, selected for sustainability and durability, relate to the activity areas where they are used. For example, the sloped roofs of the classroom wings and commons reflect the surrounding residential area. Colored box rib metal siding, punctuated by the window wall identifies the major circulation elements. The two-story classroom wings are clad with corrugated galvanized steel siding set on a brick base.
Sunnyside Village is built in the concept of the "New American City" where residents are able to walk from their homes to school and commercial centers. This project is the anchor for the Sunnyside Village and the transit hub. It is used mainly as an annex for Oregon Trail Elementary School, but also provides public meeting space for the community. It is the catalyst for development around the transit activity.
In 1991, the firm received an "Energy Smart Award" for the design of the Lumber Products Distribution Center and Corporate Offices for reducing energy consumption by more than 20% from code requirements.
The project was selected to display because of the innovative use of technology in the renovation and addition to this 1950's elementary school. Use of a wireless airport system and laptop computers, fiber optic backbone between network hubs, and hardwired computer jacks to each classroom provides state of the art access to information.
Jurors commented how the scale of the renovation related to the students, used primary colors to develop visual excitement and developed a progression of the entry process. They were equally impressed with how the canopy materials expressed a simple structural system showing how building elements are assembled.