Performing Arts Center Receives State Recognition


One year after the ribbon cutting, the Performing Arts Center won an Honorable Mention in the annual Exhibition of Educational Environments, sponsored by IASB Service Associates. Awards go to projects representing innovative design solutions to challenges both in new school construction and facility renovations.

Award certificates will be given on the first day of the IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference on Friday, November 22 in Chicago. Winning projects were selected by a jury of architects and superintendents in September. In addition to the Award of Distinction, the jury chose three projects for Awards of Merit and three Honorable Mention recipients.

Oak Lawn’s projects were submitted by its design firm, STR Partners.  The judges considered criteria that included suitability for stated program requirements and special challenges, aesthetics, safety, learning styles, and integration of technology with curriculum, among others. 

This year’s entries will be added to IASB’s School Design Database, a searchable collection of data, illustrations, and commentary for more than 500 design entries in the annual Exhibit of Educational Environments over the past 30 years.

Superintendent Mike Riordan said, “Our beautiful Performing Arts Center will provide OLCHS students with a state of the art facility that promotes student learning for years to come.  Our Board of Education, our staff, and our students are thankful to the District 229 community for their support of our school.”  Entries in this year’s competition will be displayed at the Conference November 22-24 in Columbus Hall, East Tower of the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

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