The Washington Chapter of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International has awarded its 1999 Polished Apple to Burr Lawrence Rising + Bates Architects of Tacoma.

The award is presented each year to the most outstanding Washington school project and is selected by attendees at CEFPI’s annual conference.

BLR+B received the honor for its design of the new Kentlake Senior High School in Kent. It is the second Polished Apple Award won by BLR+B, which has earned 80 local, regional and national awards for educational facility design—five of them for the Kentlake project alone.

Conceived through a comprehensive planning effort involving students, teachers, parents and other members of the community, as well as the architectural design team, Kentlake is a is a compact, two-story structure designed to provide a minimum of interior corridor space. Classrooms are clustered to the outside of the structure to maximize daylight in educational spaces. Clustering also helps break down the scale of the 1,600-student facility into a personalized and manageable areas.