The Academy, located in Delano, CA, was honored with an Award of Merit in the K-12 category for the California region. It was honored for the first phase which was completed in time for the Fall 2016 school year and included a new high school, a multi-purpose center with gymnasium, and an administration building, encompassing 46,242 sf. Phase Two of the project just wrapped up to welcome students for the 2017 school year and Phase Three is already underway. Once completed, the entire campus will feature 20 buildings and more than 150,000 square feet. The owners envisioned creating a learning environment that is dynamic and lively, and that fosters a thirst for knowledge in their students, one that would continue throughout their academic careers and indeed throughout their lives. With this ambitious vision in mind, the project team developed a program that includes spaces, finishes and furniture that are vibrant, movable and that encourage invention and collaboration.