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McKee Elementary School Redesign Featured in AIA Pittsburgh’s Recap of Public Input Received from 2017 AIA Pittsburgh Annual Design Award Submissions

December 6, 2017

AIA Pittsburgh recently posted some of the public input they received during the 2017 Annual Design Awards Competition on the AIA Pittsburgh website.  As part of the People’s Choice Award voting (over 3,415 online votes), AIA Pittsburgh asked each person to tell them why they voted for their selection.  Over 1,400 comments were received and AIA Pittsburgh chose the most commented on projects to feature on their website – including HDG’s redesign of McKee Elementary School for West Allegheny School District.

More about the project:  The redesign of McKee Elementary School transformed a dark, uninspired building into a light-filled, colorful, naturally bright environment conducive to learning. The replacement of outdated mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, along with lighting upgrades and access to natural light for every instructional space, resulted in a healthier indoor environment for children, teachers, and staff. The highlight of the project came through seeing improved student performance on standardized tests, increased employee satisfaction, and reduced absences in the first year after the phased construction began.

Photos of the colorful interior of the school are featured on AIA Pittsburgh’s website (the photo was taken by Matthew O’Haren Photography, LLC), along with actual comments received about the redesign.  Read the comments here:


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