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At LPA, sustainable architecture is our passion.

For more than 45 years we've been advocating the message that sustainable design can be achieved on any project, budget, building type and location.

Sustainability is the foundation of timeless design—design that transcends culture and trends.

This blog is a reflection of our approach—our approach to Integrated Sustainable Design.

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Healthcare Design: Five Steps to Stand Out in a Competitive Market

  
  
  
  
Interior Design expert, Karen Thomas, highlights key elements of healthcare facility design that create a memorable patient experience.

The healthcare industry is facing a pivotal moment in its history. It’s quickly becoming one of the most competitive in the nation, with each provider striving to attract and retain life-long clients with patient-centered facilities that provide cost-effective and efficient services. Combine this with the fact that the Affordable Care Act is challenging the entire industry to do more with less. In such a competitive landscape, providers need to address one of the top complaints by visitors of healthcare facilities: the frustration of getting lost.

A New Vision for West Hollywood Park

  
  
  
  
The re-imagined West Hollywood Park by  LPA's integrated design team will include a high-performance recreation center and lively community park.

In the lively, creative city of West Hollywood, Calif., cultivating a strong community is a core value to its residents. The city’s active residents participate in everything from competitive swimming and other intramural sports, to political activism and civic participation, to art exhibition and patronage. A well-equipped community park is an essential space for facilitating these many activities.

LPA Healthcare: Integrated Design for Health Care Facilities

  
  
  
  
In Aug. 2014, healthcare designers launch LPA Healthcare, a new design studio at LPA Inc., that brings an integrated approach to the market.

Friends and Colleagues,

We are pleased to share more exciting news with you. In June, we announced our expansion to San Antonio, joining with OCO Architects to form OCO LPA. This is our first office outside of Calif. and we're looking forward to bringing more sustainable design work to this fabulous community. But the good news just keeps coming.

Beyond Wayfinding: Environmental Graphics in Learning Spaces

  
  
  
  
K-12 school facility designers Kate Mraw and Emily Koch describe the many benefits of environmental graphics.

Guest Blog by Emily Koch and Kate Mraw

Architectural signage is necessary to inform people how to navigate through a campus or building. In designer-speak, this signage is commonly referred to as wayfinding. While it’s an important aspect of signage, environmental graphics can accomplish so much more than that — influencing mood and behavior, increasing student engagement, reinforcing school spirit and pride, and creating a culture of community — all while directing people to their destination.

Seismic Retrofit: New Lives for Old Buildings

  
  
  
  
Structural and seismic engineering expert Bryan Seamer breaks down the seismic retrofit at Orange County's Tower of Hope.

By Guest Blogger Bryan Seamer

LPA has been working with the Diocese of Orange to bring the Christ Cathedral campus Arboretum and Tower of Hope into the 21st century without disturbing the architectural significance of its rich history. The Diocese acquired the historic campus, formerly known as Crystal Cathedral campus, in Garden Grove, Calif. in February 2012. It was the original worship area for Reverend Robert Schuller's Crystal Cathedral Ministries, and is now serving as the home for the relocated St. Callistus parish.

LPA Expands Integrated Sustainable Design Work to Texas

  
  
  
  
Orange County's top architecture firm announces its expansion to San Antonio, furthering their integrated sustainable design work.

Friends and Colleagues,

We wanted to share some exciting news with you this month. On July 1, 2014, LPA will be welcoming OCO Architects, a 22-person firm located in San Antonio, as part of the LPA team. This announcement has been a little over a year in the making. Finding the right firm and the right people to team up with required both firms to consider, not only the tangible, but also the intangible attributes of each company. After much research and many discussions, we have found the right firm and the right people.

Six Strategies for a Successful Building Repositioning

  
  
  
  
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By Guest Blogger Dan Ringler

Some call it rebranding, others call it repurposing or reimaging. Repositioning is the word that LPA prefers because it speaks to what most building owners and developers envision— to transform a property so it's expressed in a whole new way, both aesthetically and functionally.

Student Design Competitions: Where We Learn from Student Architects

  
  
  
  
Higher Education Facilities designer Ozzie Tapia sheds light on a thrilling educational opportunity through the AIAOC Student Design Competition.

By Guest Blogger Ozzie Tapia

As professional architects and designers, we consider ourselves to be life-long learners. We find it critical to have a connection between the profession and academia. It starts in the traditional K-12 setting; perhaps there was a catalyst in our youth that sparked our love for design. It continues as we grow with our higher education credentials, proving ourselves as industry experts, competent to do the work that we love. Even when we’ve “made it” and are working in the industry, we have to continue to learn about industry trends, new technologies and growing our credentials.

As a student, I had the opportunity to participate in some student design competitions. It was an exciting experience that allowed me to put in practice what I had been learning in terms of taking a project through an architectural processfrom analysis, design conception to development, refinement and final solution. It also served as validation that I was on the right track. Through mentoring opportunities with a practicing professional I learned about dynamics of the profession that are not part of an academic education, like how to be efficient and deliberate with how you spend your design time.

How to Make the New California Building Code Work for You

  
  
  
  
MEP Engineer Jim Montross points out key changes to the new California Building Code related to lighting design.

By Guest Blogger Jim Montross

As a heat wave crosses California this week, we asked ourselves what we should expect in the summer months. Will we experience some rolling brown outs this year? Will we see a spike in our energy consumption, and in our bills?

This year, a revised edition of the Building Energy Efficiency Standards, commonly known as Title 24, will be released. Updates to the code occur every three years and are meant to routinely improve the performance of new construction in California. According to the California Energy Commission, the 2013 standards are at least 30% more efficient than the previous code for non-residential buildings.

From the Practical to the Poetic: Understanding Integrated Design

  
  
  
  
LPA's Don Pender shares how to create an effective learning environment at McBride High in Long Beach, CA.

By Guest Blogger Don Pender
Part 1 of 3

Brazilian architect Joao Batista Vilanova Artigas said, "I admire poets. What they express with a couple of words, requires us a ton of brick." As designers, planners, educators and builders of 21st century learning spaces, we are really dealing with far more practical realities than even a ton of brick, as Artigas describes. We aspire to address the substantial demands for practicality and at the same time achieve something more significant—something I will call “the Poetic.”

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