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What K-12 and Collegiate Athletic Facilities Can Learn from the Pros

Posted by Arash Izadi on Fri, Oct 24, 2014

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?”

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Topics: Sport and Recreation, Higher Education Facilities, 21st century schools, K-12 School Facilities, Recreation Centers, Arash Izadi, Athletic Facilities, LPA San Jose

Paris: A Study in the Value of Public Green Spaces

Posted by Albert Lam on Fri, Sep 26, 2014

Part 1 of 2

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.

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Topics: Public Green Space, Landscape Architecture, Parklets, Green Urban Spaces, Albert Lam, urban development, Heat Island Effect

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

Posted by Karen Thomas on Fri, Sep 12, 2014

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.

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Topics: Environmental Graphics, Wayfinding Systems, Healthcare Facility Design, LPA Healthcare, Healthcare Designers, Healthcare Interior Design, Karen Thomas, Interior Design, Interior Design Trends

A New Vision for West Hollywood Park

Posted by Rick D'Amato on Tue, Aug 26, 2014

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.

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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

LPA Healthcare: Integrated Design for Health Care Facilities

Posted by Karen Thomas on Tue, Aug 12, 2014

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.

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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

Beyond Wayfinding: Environmental Graphics in Learning Spaces

Posted by Courtney Tarnow on Thu, Jul 31, 2014

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.

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Topics: Environmental Graphics, Wayfinding Systems, Emily Koch, K-12 Schools, Ernest S. McBride High School, San Marcos High School, Small Learning Community, Kate Mraw

Seismic Retrofit: New Lives for Old Buildings

Posted by Courtney Tarnow on Thu, Jul 10, 2014

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.

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Topics: Orange County Architecture, Bryan Seamer, Seismic Retrofit, structural engineer, Integrated Design Approach, Civic Architecture, In-house Engineers

LPA Expands Integrated Sustainable Design Work to Texas

Posted by Dan Heinfeld on Thu, Jun 26, 2014

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.

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Topics: K-12 School Designers, OCO LPA, educational facility master planning, LPA San Antonio, Sustainable Design, Dan Heinfeld, Integrated Sustainable Design, Master Planning

Six Strategies for a Successful Building Repositioning

Posted by Courtney Tarnow on Fri, Jun 13, 2014

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.

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Topics: Commercial Interiors, Corporate Branding Strategy, Integrated Design Approach, Urban Design, Energy Planning, Corporate Facilities Designers, Dan Ringler, Building Repositioning

Student Design Competitions: Where We Learn from Student Architects

Posted by Courtney Tarnow on Thu, May 29, 2014

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.

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Topics: Student Design Competitions, urban planning, AIAOC Student Design Competition, Civic Architecture, AIA Orange County, Ozzie Tapia, Orange County Design Industry, Architecture Students

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