ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Three west Texas schools, including an Abilene elementary school, have been honored in the 2017-18 Exhibit of School Architecture competition.

Each year, the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), hold a school architecture competition for newly constructed, or renovated public education facilities, that have been completed in the past 5 years. The competition celebrates excellence in planning and design of the learning environment. 

This year, 3 west Texas schools were honored with Stars of Distinction during the competition. The schools and architects honored were:

Abilene ISD’s Johnston Elementary School (Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc.)

Lubbock ISD’s Lubbock High School auditorium renovation (BGR Architects, Inc.)

O’Donnell ISD’s High School/Middle School (Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc.)

These schools were honored with Stars of Distinction, which mark excellence in areas including community, planning, transformation, design, value and sustainability. The entries are judged by a 12-member panel, including school board members, administrators, and representatives from the Texas Society of Architects and the Association for Learning Centers.

The projects, as showcased by their respective architects, will be on display during the TASA/TASB Convention in Dallas, October 6-8. Winners will be announced in January 2018.