Local design firm Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (D/P/S) is donating its prize money after winning the 2015 Jeff Harnar Award for the design of Centennial High School in Las Cruces. The firm received $5,000 for the design, which will be given to the Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation to establish a scholarship fund for Las Cruces Public School students who study at UNM School of Architecture and Planning.
“We are very excited and honored to receive the Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture,” said Bill Sabatini, Principal at D/P/S and lead designer of Centennial High School, and we’re even more excited to support the next generation of architects by giving the prize money for Centennial back to Las Cruces high school students.”
Centennial High School opened in 2012 and was designed by Dekker/Perich/Sabatini as consultant to ASA Architects of Las Cruces. The campus-style 370,000sf facility is housed in seven separate structures that create protected outdoor plazas and courtyards to take advantage of the favorable year-round climate. The school has views of the nearby Organ Mountains and Rio Grande Valley, which provide a strong sense of place, while the architecture is simply expressed.
The 2015 Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture in New Mexico was presented at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning on February 20. The annual award was established by the Thornburg Foundation to encourage excellence and creativity in design.
To view photos of Centennial High School and read more about the Jeff Harnar Award program, visit www.dpsdesign.org/news/2015-jeff-harnar.
With offices located in Las Cruces and Albuquerque, New Mexico, Phoenix, Arizona and Amarillo, Texas, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini specializes in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, planning and structural engineering. For more information, visit www.dpsdesign.org or call 575.521.9700.