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Chapin Middle School has earned an award for the school's innovative design.

Quackenbush Architects + Planners received an American Institute of Architects South Carolina Chapter (AIASC) new construction merit award for its work on Chapin Middle School.

The annual awards, presented virtually at the AIASC 2020 design awards ceremony on Dec. 3, are the state’s highest recognition of excellence in design, recognizing projects, architects and owners throughout the state who exemplify vision, creativity and design innovation.

“We are so excited to hear that Quackenbush Architects + Planners and Chapin Middle School have received a third award for the excellent design features associated with our school,” said Chapin Middle School principal Anna Miller. “We are grateful for Doug Quackenbush, Barb Haller, Lydia Ureda, and the entire team who worked on this project. Our students and teachers have directly benefited from the design which enhances and advances the primary work of education- teaching and learning.”

The Chapin Middle School design reflects a student collaborative and "smaller-community-within-a-whole" learning environment. The 160,000-square-foot design transforms the traditional school idea into one with flexible environments that support project-based learning, critical thinking and innovation.

The new school building also includes comprehensive wellness and arts components, a state-of-the-art media center and a variety of specialized science and arts classrooms.

“We’re honored to receive this recognition for design excellence from the American Institute of Architects South Carolina,” says Q+ President Doug Quackenbush, AIA LEED, AP. “We’re proud to create designs that serve our communities well.”

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