Two Westerville schools recognized for facility design in national trade publication

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Renovated learning spaces at Pointview Elementary and Westerville North High School have been recognized for their innovative design in the Fall 2020 Learning By Design Architectural and Interior Design Awards of Excellence.

Pointview’s Library Media Center and the SHOP at Westerville North were recognized as Outstanding projects and featured many design attributes “worthy of emulation.”

“As a design team, we understand how the physical environment can impact a student's ability to learn,” said Jeff LeRose, the district’s director of facilities. “It’s our mission to create spaces where students want to be and promote a curiosity for learning.”

Pointview’s Library Media Center was part of a $5.5 million renovation/addition project, updating the school’s open classroom design of the 1960s and 1970s. As part of the project, the media center was placed at the center of the building, 10 classrooms were added and the main office and cafeteria were expanded. The project was completed in 2016.

The SHOP at Westerville North is a full-featured makerspace separated into three distinct areas that articulate the design process. They include a circular central area with computer stations where ideas are conceived, a manufacturing hub to build the designs and a collaboration space where students can troubleshoot their manufactured ideas. The space opened in 2016.

Both projects were designed by TRIAD Architects.

Learning By Design is a national publication that recognizes pre-K to 12 and college/university projects. It is produced in partnership with the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on Architecture for Education; the Association for Learning Environments; SCUP, the Society for College and University Planning; and the Association of University Interior Designers.