The Spring 2014 edition of The American School Board Journal’s Learning By Design Awards honored NAC’s design of the Renton Secondary Learning Center
with a Grand Prize. The Secondary Learning Center in Renton, Washington, is an alternative grades 7-12 school designed as an integrated, project-based learning environment that allows learners to develop at their most effective pace.
The jury praised the use of the building itself as a learning tool, noting the clear plan with effective adjacencies and visual and physical student/teacher communication throughout. One juror called the building, “interesting and innovative, with an effective use of color for wayfinding, as well as serious environmental features,” including photovoltaic panels, solar hot-water heating, displacement ventilation and radiant heat, rainwater harvesting and non-potable dual-flush toilets, and a ground-source heat pump.