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McKissick Architecture is Platinum Sponsor of A4LE NC Conference Held in Winston-Salem, NC!

McKissick Architecture is Platinum Sponsor of A4LE NC Conference Held in Winston-Salem, NC!

McKissick Architecture was the Platinum Sponsor at this year’s North Carolina Association for Learning Environments annual conference – themed “Building Bridges for Education”. For the first time, the conference was held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina – where McKissick Architecture has its office.

We’re so proud to have so many people in the educational planning world in our town to see the fantastic changes that have been happening here in Winston-Salem. People who haven’t been to this city in 5 or 10 years will see so many changes! And the positive energy and effort underlying the successes here in our city and especially in our own neighborhood of the Innovation Quarter, really represent the kind of positive changes that can be effected in the education arena.

-Kristen McKissick

About A4LE

The Association for Learning Environments is a non-profit association whose sole mission is improving the places where children learn.
The Association for Learning Environments was first established in 1921 as the National Council on Schoolhouse Construction (NCSC) then becoming Council of Education Facility Planners International (CEFPI) in 1971. It took its current name in 2015.

A4LE Tenets:

  • Facilities impact the learning, development and behavior of the facility user;
  • The planning process is essential for quality facilities;
  • Sharing and networking improves the planning process; and
  • There is a standard by which to measure.

In addition to participating as a conference sponsor, McKissick Architecture was represented by Vern McKissick (an accredited educational planner by the A4LE organization) as a session speaker where he addressed planners and educators on strategies for developing specialized program STEM space within existing buildings.

Granite Falls Middle School Takes Next Step

Granite Falls Middle School Takes Next Step

Step one for the new Middle School in Granite Falls NC – burn down the house (or at least get the local fire department to help out). Although this home will be lost – when completed this $27 m project will remove several newer buildings – but will reconstruct the 1935 former High School into a knowledge commons & technitorium for 700 middle-schoolers.

And that is not the only senior citizen to make the cut on this site – after some struggle we were also able to reconfigure the new building to save a native white oak tree identified by the arborist as dating from 1750 or earlier as the focal point for the new main entrance!