MSA Engineering Consultants teamed with SH Architecture who has been awarded the 2008 James D. MacConnell Award for school planning for the Northwest Career and Technical Academy (NWCTA). Awarded by the Council of Educational Facility Planners, International (CEFPI), the MacConnell Award recognizes schools designed through an outstanding, comprehensive planning process. MacConnell Award winning schools serve the needs of students, staff and community and are healthy, high-performing facilities. The NWCTA planning process included Clark County School District administrators, teachers and facility managers as well as community members, industry leaders, and design professionals. The collaborative planning committee was very influential throughout the design process, helping to refine the school’s required spaces, design characteristics, and sustainable design goals. The 211,000 SF NWCTA includes daylight in 90% of classrooms and offices, non-toxic materials, a variety of learning spaces, and a real-world work environment for career training. The school is designed to use 40% of the energy of a typical high school, a goal that is achieved not only through the use of ground source heat exchange for HVAC but also through the conservation efforts of the NWCTA students and staff. MSA Engineering Consultants provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services. The award is named for Dr. James D. MacConnell, who founded the School Planning Laboratory at Stanford University and is considered the father of school planning.