Integrated Sustainable Design

Six Tips for Mentoring Architecture Students

Posted by Kirsten Blakeman on Fri, Aug 26, 2016

As designers of 21st century learning environments, we highly value staying involved with school sites and invested in student success, even after the project has reached completion. In the case of e3 Civic High—just one year after construction finished and the school took occupancy of their LEED Gold space on the sixth and seventh floors of the San Diego Central Library—we launched an Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentoring program, aimed to expose the students to the fields of design.

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Topics: LPA San Diego, E3 Civic High, Architecture Students, LPA Foundation, Learning Environments, Kirsten Blakeman

Service Spotlight: Facilities Master Planning with Jim Kisel

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Thu, Aug 18, 2016

As part of a continuing series on this blog, we’ll take a look at members from each of our services to highlight LPA’s integrated design process and showcase our commitment to sustainable design.

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Topics: Sustainable Design, K-12 Schools, Master Planning, Facilities Master Plan, Integrated Design, K-12 Schools Master Plans

Zero Net Energy and Efficient Buildings

Posted by Erik Ring on Fri, Aug 05, 2016

A Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building is an energy-efficient building where the annual energy use is equal to on-site renewable energy production. Achieving ZNE buildings require both a commitment to energy efficient design and operations and significant on-site renewable energy systems—typically photovoltaic (PV) power systems—to offset the reduced energy requirements.

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Topics: Net Zero Building, Energy Efficient Design, mechanical engineer, Renewable Energy, Erik Ring, PV Arrays, Zero Net Energy

Design Envy: Our Top Five Integrated Design Inspirations

Posted by Dan Heinfeld on Fri, Jul 29, 2016

Recently, our design team was researching a K-12 project, and along with the typical request for firm information and qualifications, the Request for Proposals (RFP) asked a question that our firm has never been asked before: What five buildings in the world do you wish your firm had designed?

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Topics: Sustainable Design, Dan Heinfeld, Architecture, Integrated Design, Landscape Design

A New Solution for Parking Structures

Posted by Rick D'Amato on Fri, Jul 22, 2016

The City of West Hollywood recently unveiled the first municipal fully-automated parking garage built within the Western United States. This state-of-the-art, sustainable solution provides parking for 200 vehicles and is intended for daily use by city staff and visitors, residents and local businesses.

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Topics: Civic Buildings, Sustainable Design, West Hollywood Parking Structure, Automated Parking Garage, Landscape Design, Parking Structure

Service Spotlight: Interior Design with Winston Bao

Posted by Courtney Tarnow on Fri, Jul 08, 2016

As part of a continuing series on this blog, we’ll take a look at members from each of our services to highlight LPA’s integrated design process and showcase our commitment to sustainable design.

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Topics: Interior Design, Higher Education, Winston Bao, Integrated Design, CSU Northridge Oasis Wellness Center

How Tactical Urbanism Benefits Communities

Posted by Andrew Wickham on Fri, Jul 01, 2016

When it comes to sustainable design, green spaces like community parks provide great value. Sustainable landscape design complements buildings and cityscapes, softens the urban environment, improves the atmosphere and provides welcome gathering areas for people to enjoy. Earlier this month, LPA joined the California Sierra Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and Sacramento community groups and municipalities to build a one-day pop-up park in the heart of downtown Sacramento. The 44th Ave Pop-Up, as it was named, was designed to bring awareness to a street safety and beautification improvement project for this vibrant, developing community.

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Topics: Landscape Architecture, Parks and Recreation Design, Parklets, Sustainable Design, Sustainable Landscape Design, Tactical Urbanism, LPA Sacramento

Standing Out with Repositioning and Adaptive Reuse

Posted by Dan Ringler on Fri, Jun 24, 2016

Much like the foodie frenzy, with a heightened awareness of great food, quality ingredients and farm-to-table concepts, developers and owners of existing office spaces are feeling the demand for an increased variety of options and amenities to attract tenants. With repositioning and adaptive reuse projects, LPA's designers and clients collaboratively find creative ways to update corporate campuses and buildings to meet today’s trends and competitive tenant expectations.

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Topics: Adaptive Reuse, Corporate Facilities, LPA San Diego, Integrated Design, Dan Ringler, Building Repositioning, 1 Columbia Place, drought tolerant landscapes

Service Spotlight: Civil Engineering with Kathereen Shinkai

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Thu, Jun 09, 2016

As part of a continuing series on this blog, we’ll take a look at members from each of our services to highlight LPA’s integrated design process and showcase our commitment to sustainable design.

This month, we sat down with civil engineer, Kathereen Shinkai, to discuss the importance of civil engineering in the overall design process and the value it brings to an integrated process. 

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Topics: Engineering, Sustainable Design, Newport Beach Learning Center, Integrated Design, Civil Engineering, Kathereen Shinkai

What’s the Future of Educational Design?

Posted by Emily Koch on Fri, Jun 03, 2016

Earlier this year, a group of our Education Studio designers and master planners had the opportunity to attend the annual CEFPI, now the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), conference in San Diego, California. The most refreshing thing about attending these types of conferences is that you gain an outside, bird’s-eye perspective of the latest trends and practices in the field of educational design and planning. The speakers represented educators, district leaders, architects and educational consultants and shared real-life, applicable ideas for serving our current and future students.

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Topics: educational design, Emily Koch, K-12 Schools, E3 Civic High, 21st century schools, Learning Environments

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