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December 22, 2010

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MRH Early Childhood Center Wins Another Design Award

The Maplewood School District is pleased to report that the recent expansion of its early childhood center has just received a second award for the building’s design. The additions to the MRH Early Childhood Center, completed in the summer of 2009, include a new library and a preschool wing. Funding for the expansion was provided by Proposition C, which voters passed in April 2007.

The first award, announced in August, was for “Outstanding Design” and was presented by American School and University. In describing the qualities of the project, it noted that the “new addition blends indoor and outdoor spaces in order to combine active play and exploration into one holistic experience.” Also noted was that the addition “ties into the existing facility to create a seamless transition.”

This month, MRH was pleased to learn that the expansion earned yet another award. Presented by a jury comprised of the American Association of School Administrators, the American Institute of Architects, and the Council of Educational Facility Planners International, the district received a 2011 Architectural Jury “Honorable Mention Citation.”

The jury noted that the expansion is “a great example of a learning environment that enhances early childhood development through the use of scale, color and texture.” It also noted that “the integration of the outdoor spaces as an active element of the design engages students in exploratory learning.”

Kudos go to Bond Wolfe Architects for the project design that garnered these two awards.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.