The Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) and the American Institute of Architects, California (AIACA) recognized HMC Architects and Folsom Cordova Unified School District’s Mangini Ranch Elementary School with a CASH/AIA California Leroy F. Greene Design and Planning Award of honor in the New Built Project category.

Mangini Ranch is designed to meet students’ evolving needs through various learning methods, promoting community and collaboration. Developed simultaneously with the new Folsom Ranch community, the school grounds new families in the region’s history and provides students with a safe, inclusive, and student-centric learning environment. A two-story, single-building concept provides efficient site use, improved supervision, enhanced safety, and energy efficiency. Promoting collaboration, the entry commons is a large, inspiring space with a gathering staircase serving as a student hub. Three building wings contain 25 classrooms that open into shared collaboration spaces and mobile furnishings, and operable partitions encourage flexible learning and teamwork. The school pays tribute to the city’s history with large wall graphics that span the entry lobby and classroom wings, connecting local historic images to day-to-day student learning.

Since 1991, CASH and the American Institute of Architects, California (AIA CA) have held the Leroy F. Greene Design and Planning Awards to recognize excellence in school facilities design. The awards were presented at a special ceremony at the Sacramento, California, CASH annual conference.