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Calling All Entrants: The 2015 James D. MacConnell Award

The James D. MacConnell Award recognizes an outstanding, comprehensive planning process, which results in educational facilities that serve the needs of students, staff, and the community, and facilitate student achievement. Emphasizing the connection between the planning process and the end-result, a healthy, high-performing school facility, the James D. MacConnell Award uniquely assesses how well a school facility supports the academic program of the school district. With on-site interviews of students, school staff, community stakeholders and the design team, the jury thoroughly evaluates the entire process of building a school.

MacConnell award entries will be displayed at the CEFPI Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, CA, October 20-27, 2015. All finalists will be prominently recognized in a separate section of the exhibition, highlighted in an awards brochure distributed at the conference and to the general membership of CEFPI.

Following is the timeline for the awards:

January 16, 2015

Registration open

April 10, 2015

Submittal materials due

May 2015

Select finalists

May / June 2015


August / September 2015

Development of videos & brochure

Registration for the 2015 MacConnell Award is now open! For complete submittal requirements and registration, visit or contact Janell Weihs at 480/391-0840.

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