Maugel DeStefano was awarded the 2014 International Facility Management Association's(IFMA) Award of Excellence for the design of a new two-story addition to the World Academy School. The addition includes two new buildings: the middle school and a gymnasium/theatre arts center.

One of the major design objectives was to create a sense of connection, transparency, and community between the students, faculty, and administration. A notable design element is the open central core of the middle school which transformed the main thoroughfare from a traditional locker-lined hallway into an open, light-filled gathering space.