Southwest Christian High School, Chaska, Minnesota Featured in 2019 architectural portfolio

FAITH NEWSWIRE – Ogden, UT, December 19, 2019 – BGW Architects announces that Southwest Christian High School, Chaska, MN has been selected for publication in the American School & University® 2019 Architectural Portfolio. The project is featured in the November/December 2019 edition of the magazine and also online at An annual competition honoring education design excellence, the Architectural Portfolio spotlights projects representing today’s most effective learning environments.

The 63,000 SF performing arts center addition was completed in January 2019 and features a 750 seat, state-of-the art auditorium with oversized performance stage, orchestra pit, black box theater, back stage scene shop and dressing rooms. The new facility also features an outdoor amphitheater as well as classrooms and labs for music education, robotics, engineering, science, computer/CAD and more.

A jury of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education members and education administrators evaluated submissions from architectural firms, schools and universities across the country. Ninety-nine projects were chosen for publication in AS&U, an educational facilities, purchasing and business administration magazine reaching 57,000 facility planners, school and university administrators, and architects with this issue. This is the competition’s 37th year.

Awarded projects exhibited clarity of concept, innovation and creativity in response to the specifics of program, users, community and site. Specifically, high-achieving designs:

  • Express a specific pedagogy and an alignment with educational values
  • Promote wellness
  • Contain a diversity of spaces
  • Take advantage of context
  • Foster engagement with learners and the community
  • Demonstrate and champion a school’s values
  • Present a cohesive, inspired design
  • Consider spatial agility to support collaboration and active learning

About American School & University Founded in 1928, American School & University is devoted exclusively to education facilities/business administration. The authority for information about the educational facilities market, AS&U delivers an insightful combination of exclusive reports, special focuses and how-to articles. For more information, including a complete list of 2019 projects selected for publication, visit, or contact Molly Roudebush, senior marketing manager, at (913) 967-1959 or

About BGW Architects BGW Architects offers an unmatched level of expertise in ministry-based facility design. Founded in 1997, the firm has developed innovative and stewardship-driven design solutions for nearly 900 churches and Christian schools across the U.S. For more information, visit or contact Scott Griffin, National Program Manager, at (801) 409-1047 or