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Target And American Architectural School Announce National School Design Contest


WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- Target and the American Architectural Foundation will launch their national design contest that asks high school students to generate ideas about the schools and classrooms of the future at a gathering of school architects in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Wednesday, March 7. The contest is titled: “Redesign Your School -- A Contest of Scholarly Proportions.” Students in 9th through 12th grade are asked to submit original designs for their ideal places to learn in the 21st century. Scholarships up to $10,000 and other prizes will be presented to winners, eight of whom will also be invited to Washington, D.C., to present their ideas.

The announcement will take place at 8:30 a.m. at School Building Expo, the nation’s largest gathering of school design architects and vendors who supply products for school buildings. School Building Expo is produced in cooperation with The American Institute of Architects, the nation’s leading architecture association.

Ronald E. Bogle, President and CEO of the American Architectural Foundation, will also hold a press conference on the exhibit floor at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida, at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 7.

The winners of the AIA CAE Educational Facility Design Awards, some of the best new school designs, will also be unveiled at the event. Nearly 400 architects, facilities planners, and other professionals are expected to attend.

The Building Expo will kick off with a speech on Wednesday, March 7 at 8:00 a.m. by Michael Hall, Director, Fanning/Howey, Inc. who will present the inspiring story of what a difference the vision of a man, and the facilities of a better school, can make in the lives of literally millions of Americans. On Thursday, March 8 at 10:30 a.m., Dr. Catherine Burke, a researcher and lecturer at the University of Leeds, UK, will offer a keynote address on “The School I’d Like: How Children View School Buildings.”

Georgia Pacific, Ingersoll-Rand, General Electric, LenNox, and York International are among 175 exhibitors offering new products and services. The expo floor will feature a Recyclatorium, a unique collection of samples of sustainable materials which can be incorporated into school facilities.

WHERE: Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Exhibitor Floor Hours: 11:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on
Wednesday and Thursday
The School Building Expo™ is the industry event for people responsible for the construction and renovation of K-12 and Higher Education school facilities. Over 175 exhibitors will show products and materials for school facilities at the expo, including flooring, roofing, windows, walls, interior finishes, school furnishings, seating, sports floors, lighting, and much more. Information is available at or by calling (800) 746-9646.


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