Integrated Sustainable Design

Principal Spotlight: Mark Oppelt

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Thu, Jul 02, 2015

As part of our 50-year anniversary, we'll meet with each of the firm Principals and get their take on LPA, current projects and of course, sustainable design.

Mark Oppelt, AIA / REFP/ LEED AP


LPA San Antonio

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Topics: K-12 School Design, Sustainable Design, LPA50, Mark Oppelt

The Possibilities for Drought-Tolerant K-12 School Landscape Design

Posted by Andrew Wickham on Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Last month, I had the honor of presenting at a workshop concerning California’s drought and the impending water restrictions. The workshop—put on as a joint effort between the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) and Schools Energy Coalition (SEC)—was focused on helping K-12 school districts understand what the implications from California’s mandatory water reductions would be and to arm them with some tools and strategies to meet those reductions. The first half of the workshop focused on background information about the drought, Governor Brown’s executive order and which entities are being affected by the executive order. The second half of the workshop brought together a panel of mostly school district facility directors and myself to provide some real-world case studies that show how a school district might reduce its landscape water use.

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Topics: K-12 School Design, Landscape Architecture, K-12 Schools, Sustainable Design Practices

The Talent Revolution and Demand for Creative Workspaces

Posted by Karen Thomas on Fri, Jun 19, 2015

Attract & Retain

No matter the business, corporate leaders and commerce visionaries share a similar challenge: the ability to attract and maintain top talent. Thought leaders and industry pioneers are looking at creative workspaces as a physical expression of their business ethos and a vital tool in the pursuit of meaningful talent. Crafting a space that supports the mind shift of the progressive workforce, requires a transformation in the way corporate facilities support people and the organizational process.  

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Topics: Karen Thomas, Office Workspace, Patrick McClintock, Corporate Facilities, Corporate Branding Strategy

LPA University: Cultivating Trust in Healing Environments

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Fri, Jun 05, 2015

A crucial element in every healthcare organization is trust. Healthcare services which address pivotal life moments for patients and caregivers can make or break a person’s confidence in their provider. Consequently, healthcare designers have a tremendous opportunity to channel these impactful life moments into positive experiences with elevated consumer confidence.

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Topics: Healthcare Facility Design, LPA Healthcare, Healthcare Interior Design, LPA University

Principal Spotlight: Glenn Carels

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Fri, May 29, 2015

As part of our 50-year anniversary, we'll meet with each of the firm Principals and get their take on LPA, current projects and of course, sustainable design.
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Topics: Sustainable Design, Glenn Carels, Higher Education Design, LPA 50

3 Steps for Sustainable Landscape Architecture

Posted by Richard Bienvenu on Thu, May 21, 2015

Water is a scarce resource, and it’s especially relevant in California. However, a well-designed, water-efficient landscape design should always be a consideration regardless of location. A water-conscious, sustainable landscape is easily achievable, and the options for native and drought tolerant plants far exceed cacti and succulents. Here are three tips that will help you in creating a sustainable landscape that saves water and improves the aesthetics of your property:

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Topics: water conservation, sustainble design, Landscape Architecture, Landscape, Boerne Champion High School, Bixby Land Company

Educational Design for the Next Generation of Innovators

Posted by Kate Mraw on Thu, May 07, 2015

Last month, Emily Koch and I were honored to present at the CEFPI Southern Regional Conference in San Antonio. We arrived late the night before from a week-long workshop which centered on designing Learning Environments for Tomorrow (LEFT), hosted by Harvard’s Graduate Schools for Education and Design. After long days of design-thinking activities and thought-provoking conversations, the CEFPI conference was quite timely and a perfect venue to continue the conversation. We were able to share not only parts of what we had learned over the last week, but also to share our own research and insights on educational design.

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Topics: K-12 School Design, schools and classrooms, K-12 School Architecture, CEFPI, Emily Koch, 21st century schools, Kate Mraw

LPA Principal Spotlight: Erik Ring

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Thu, Apr 30, 2015

As part of our 50-year anniversary, we'll meet with each of the firm Principals and get their take on LPA, current projects and of course, sustainable design.

Erik Ring, PE, LEED Fellow

Principal / Design Director of MEP Engineering

LPA Irvine

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Topics: sustainble design, Engineering, Erik Ring, Environmental Nature Center, LPA 50

What Does a Landscape Architect Do?

Posted by Andrew Wickham on Thu, Apr 16, 2015

I am often asked this question. Through the years, I’ve distilled my response down to something like: we design the outdoor built environment— public and private. However, that doesn’t quite tell the whole story. There is also habitat restoration, bio-remediation, and environmental studies that are all aspects of the profession that don’t necessarily involve “building” something. Now I have an easier answer: World Landscape Architecture Month (#WLAM2015).

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Topics: K-12 School Design, Healing Gardens, sustainble design, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architects

5 Things to Consider When Renovating Performing Arts Centers

Posted by Kristen van Elden on Thu, Apr 09, 2015

Given the budget constraints being placed on academic facilities today, when an existing performance space is scheduled for a renovation on a campus it is an opportunity to demonstrate the value of the arts to students and for the extended community. Similar to public buildings in a city, a performing arts center on a campus reinforces the power of community. As a result, the facility itself needs to become a landmark on campus demonstrating the support of the arts.

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Topics: K-12 School Design, K-12 School Architecture, sustainble design, Acoustical Design, Performing Arts Centers

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