The newly constructed R. Milton and Denice Johnson Center won a 2016 Outstanding Project Award in the magazine, Learning By Design. The building was blindly judged by a nationally appointed panel of architects and educational facility specialists. Earl Swensson Associates of Nashville, Tennessee was the primary architectural firm for the building.
Award submissions are judged on six criteria including innovation, community need, interior design, sustainability, functional design and 21st century learning. Projects that exemplify contemporary standards and contain design attributes one might emulate in a new space design are recognized as Outstanding. Comments from the judges for the Johnson Center included, “Varied use of high-quality materials and significant depth of structure makes this building look substantial. Good research, like the use of the facade to block the south sun, good natural lighting and transparency.”
Learning by Design is published biannually and recognizes the nation’s preeminent architectural firms by featuring outstanding pre-K to 12 and college or university projects. The magazine circulates to more than 50,000 leaders in all levels of education across the country.