American School & University Recognizes RDG for Design Excellence

December 15, 2020
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The ultimate tribute to education design excellence, American School & University’s Architectural Portfolio Awards program honors two RDG projects.

Two RDG Planning & Design projects – the Creighton University Health Sciences Campus in Phoenix, Arizona and Educare Flint in Flint, Michigan – have been selected for publication in the American School & University 2020 Architectural Portfolio. Both projects are featured in the November/December 2020 print edition of the magazine as well as online.

The ultimate tribute to education design excellence, the annual competition spotlights projects representing today’s most effective learning environments. A jury that consisted of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education members and education administrators evaluated submissions from architectural firms, schools and universities across the country. Awarded projects exhibited clarity of concept, innovation and creativity in response to the specifics of the program, users, community and site. This is the competition’s 38th year.

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Sciences Building in Phoenix by RDG. Photo by Michael Robinson.

The Creighton University Health Sciences Campus has been honored with an Outstanding Design Award in the Work in Progress category. Reflective of the mission for the recently formed Health Education Alliance in Phoenix, Creighton University engaged RDG to set the strategic vision and now subsequent execution for a new Health Sciences Campus. This new seven-level, state-of-the-art, 180,000-SF facility will enable Creighton University to prepare the most practice-ready next generation of healthcare professionals in the region and across the nation. See the full award feature here.

Educare Flint in Flint, Michigan by RDG. Photo by Tom Grady.

Educare Flint Early Childhood Education Center has been honored with a Citation Award in the Pre-K / Early-Childhood category. Located in one of the neighborhoods hit hardest by the lead crisis, Educare Flint serves as a beacon of hope for young students and their families. RDG’s design for the state-of-the-art education center, which is situated on the campus of Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary School and serves children ages birth to five, offers learning spaces that reinforce Educare’s research-based approach to education. See the full aware feature here.


About American School & University

Founded in 1928, American School & University is devoted exclusively to education facilities and business administration. The authority for information about the educational facilities market, AS&U delivers an insightful combination of exclusive reports, special focuses and how-to articles. Visit AS&U Mag and School Designs for more information.

Written by Erin Van Zee, Communications Director