Merit Award, 2016
The American Institute of Architects, Western Massachusetts Chapter
Awarded to Plains Elementary School in South Hadley, MA. Design of this pre-K through 1st grade school was led by Jones Whitsett Architects, with landscape architecture by Dodson & Flinker. The design team sited the new building at the edge of the site to protect the edge of woods and existing terrain, while maximizing solar gain. The landscape design incorporates the surrounding woods and landform into a nature playground, and uses stormwater as an educational element throughout the site.