O.W. Dillon Elementary School in Kentwood was one of three schools to receive an award for design excellence at the Southern Region of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International conference in Dallas on April 12.

The school, designed by Holly & Smith Architects, is part of the Tangipahoa Parish School System. Eleven projects were submitted from the Southern Region, which includes Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, a news release said. The projects were reviewed by a panel of nine educational facility practitioners with expertise in education, planning and architecture. The criteria included how the design of the facility engaged, impacted and responded to four key areas: the community environment, the physical environment, the planning process and, most importantly, the learning environment.

O.W. Dillon Elementary is a 71,900-square-foot, public elementary school that provides learning facilities for about 500 students in grades prekindergarten through sixth.

CEFPI is a worldwide, professional nonprofit association whose mission is improving the places where children learn.