Svigals+Partners Named Finalist in Fast Company’s “Innovation by Design” for 2015

We’re proud to share with you that Svigals+Partners’ design for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, is a finalist in Fast Company‘s prestigious “Innovation by Design” awards for 2015.
“This type of project cannot be successful without the wholehearted participation of many, and we are grateful,” says firm founder¬†Barry Svigals, FAIA, following the announcement.
The Innovation by Design Awards program, now in its fourth year, honors the most innovative and disruptive design solutions to¬†current¬†major¬†challenges, and is adjudged by a panel of the world’s best design minds.¬†The design by the New Haven-based art, architecture and advisory firm is featured in the “City Solutions” category of the awards, alongside the work of globally renowned innovators in architecture, planning and design,¬†including Skidmore Owings & Merrill, ARUP, Sasaki & Associates, NBBJ, and even Starbucks.¬†
For Newtown and Sandy Hook, Svigals+Partners worked directly and closely with the community for months, in order to arrive at a design solution. The new school will employ diverse elements for security–including state-of-the-art glazing technology, strategic planning and programming, and even landscaping–while presenting a nurturing and vibrant environment for children and educators.
The finalist honors celebrate the unique process as much as the design itself. For Svigals+Partners, innovation springs from creative client engagement. Their proprietary methods have helped address highly challenging commissions. The firm is committed to sharing with the world its ideas, tools and campaigns for boosting creativity and enhancing communication.
You can see the full raft of Innovation by Design: City Solutions finalists here: