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Pacific High School Receives Multiple Honors


Pacific High School in Sitka, Alaska

Photo courtesy of MCG

New School in Sitka Wins Accolades for Cultural and Community Design References The new Pacific High School was recently honored for design excellence by the regional chapter of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), as well as Learning By Design Magazine. During the annual regional conference in Portland, Oregon, the project received the CEFPI Pinnacle Merit Award for New Construction.

The following month, Pacific High School was awarded a Grand Prize by Learning By Design Magazine. The national publication's award jury was impressed by the project's functional design, sustainability, and response to community needs:

"Without a doubt the jury and Learning By Design wants educational leaders across the country to take special note and to emulate the design of this facility," Learning By Design Award comments.

Situated in historic downtown Sitka, the new Pacific High School replacement is now completing its first school year. McCool Carlson Green (MCG) designed the school to respond to the needs of Pacific High School's "expeditionary learning" program through flexible spaces and a native plant garden. In acknowledgement of its scenic natural surroundings, Pacific High School incorporates local wood accents and ample access to daylight through windows, light shafts, and light tubes.

Drawing on Sitka's cultural background and relating to neighboring buildings, the school's forms relate to American and Russian colonial architecture while the site design is rooted in Tlingit culture.

Throughout the design process, the public was invited to provide feedback to the planning and design team, while students offered their own valuable input that helped shape the design of their new school.


McCool Carlson Green (www.mcgalaska.com) is an Alaskan-owned firm providing planning and design services in Alaska and beyond for more than 40 years. The firm focus is the design of high-quality civic, public, military, educational, and healthcare facilities that flourish in complex Alaskan environments and reflect the unique spirit of our state. MCG has accomplished some of Alaska's largest and most significant projects, including the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport C Terminal Expansion; the Nesbett Courthouse in Anchorage; and the new Alaska Airlines Center at University of Alaska Anchorage. Numerous MCG projects have been recognized with state, national, and/or international design awards, often noted for their thoughtful design and community engagement.


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