The LPA San Jose office recently attended the inaugural football game at Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. Even in the world of billion dollar stadiums — the official count for the stadium stands at $1.3 billion — Levi’s stadium continues to push the envelope on athletic facilities and certainly gives the other billion dollar stadium a run for its money. Regardless of how much money is spent, problems can arise. Many have seen the new natural grass at Levi’s Stadium torn out and replaced three times at last count. Was this a problem with the design, using the field too early or simply expectations that exceeded what a living breathing product could do? The obvious question is: “Should they have installed a natural or synthetic field?”Read More
Integrated Sustainable Design
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I really enjoy traveling because it allows a glimpse into different cultures and ways of life and broadens my view on how people and things function. I just returned from a trip to Europe for the first time since my vacation five years ago, and the journey has certainly been eye opening.Read More
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.
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.
Topics: West Hollywood Park, Sustainable Sports Park, Parks and Recreation Design, Rick D’Amato, Integrated Sustainable Design, Civic Architecture, Community Based Master Planning, Urban Neighborhood Revitalization
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.
Topics: Healthcare Facility Design, OCO LPA, LPA Healthcare, Healthcare Designers, Healthcare Interior Design, Rick Wood, Karen Thomas, Signage Graphic Design, Dan Heinfeld, Integrated Sustainable Design, Healthy Indoor Environments
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 process—from 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.