Magnolia Montessori for All receives multiple AIA awards

July 8, 2019Dunaway Projects, News

Dunaway is proud to receive multiple awards for the Magnolia Montessori For All (MMFA) project in Austin, TX. The American Institute of Architects honored our team with the prestigious 2019 Education Facility Design Award and The Society of American Registered Architects bestowed its Design Award of Excellence.

MMFA is Austin’s first public charter Montessori school.Focused on a “whole child” education, the creators of the school sought to cultivate creativity, innovation, and leadership skills among its students in the diverse community of East Austin. Embracing that concept, Dunaway’s design partner, Page, conceived a cluster of houses, so the campus would feel like a second home to its 500 pre-K through 6th-grade students.

Throughout the design process, our team overcame several challenges — including complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) while maintaining the intended look and feel of the project. The ADA requires a certain slope of the walkways and ramps, which doesn’t always align with the natural topography. By leveraging our team’s experience with this issue on other projects, we were able to marry the two in a very seamless way.

The final result of the project had the client ecstatic. The new school offered increased educational opportunities in a formerly underserved area of Austin. This was a goal that everyone involved in the project had their eyes set on from the start.

“It’s always rewarding to bring our client’s visions to life and we are honored to work on projects aimed at helping future generations succeed,” shared Craig. “We are proud of our team and honored by the awards the project has been given.”

Congratulations to MMFA and the teams involved!