SSOE Receives Outstanding Project Award and National Recognition for Auburn University Project

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Cleveland, OH – April 1, 2020 –SSOE Group (, an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, has received an Outstanding Project Award for excellence in educational facility design in the spring 2020 edition of Learning By Design, the premier source for education design innovation and excellence. The Auburn University – Gavin Engineering Research Laboratory (Auburn, AL) has been recognized by Learning By Design magazine for its architectural and interior design and for having next-generation benchmark type design and planning features worthy of imitation.

Learning By Design’s distinguished spring 2020 jury of five architects and end-users applauded Stevens & Wilkinson for its accomplishment in designing the Auburn University – Gavin Engineering Research Laboratory. All projects included in this edition are each peer-reviewed. The jury discusses and looks for in the project unique and or new concepts being implemented to improve education facility building design. Projects such as the Auburn University – Gavin Engineering Research Laboratory are scored on six measures: Innovation, Community Need, Interior Design, Sustainability, Functional Design, and 21st Century Learning.

The Jury comments about this project included: “The design took advantage of existing space while redesigning to make the most of natural light and redesigning spaces within with relationship to existing elements, i.e. windows. The environment has a mixture of an industrial feel within the working spaces, but a relaxing, calming feel within the lounge and collaboration areas. This project fulfills a mission to give space to the users, and includes an aesthetic that feels democratic.”

Learning By Design, published in the Spring, Summer, Fall each year circulates to more than 50,000 leaders and decision-makers at all levels of education—from early childhood and elementary schools, career-technical, college, and university-level institutions across the United States. For more details and to access the magazine’s digital edition, visit:

In the fall of 2020, LEARNING BY DESIGN will publish its October Architectural and Interior Design Awards of Excellence edition. This issue will feature a new group of recently activated or designed Pre-K to 12 schools and college/university facilities. Editorial will focus in on education design research, transforming environments for socialization and pedagogy, and includes a report from DIALOGUES 2020.

About SSOE Group

As an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, SSOE is known for delivering unparalleled client value that advances the AEC industry. They have been named a “Great Workplace” (Great Place to Work®) and one of the “Best AEC Firms to Work For” (BD+C).

Over the company’s 75-year history, it has earned a reputation for providing quality project solutions to high-tech and general manufacturing clients in the semiconductor, automotive, battery, food, chemical, and glass industries. SSOE also provides forward-thinking design across healthcare and general building sectors such as corporate workplace, education, and judicial—with projects completed in 40 countries. Visit for additional information and career opportunities.

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