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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.

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.

Journal Features Malibu Library in Best of 2012 Architecture

  
  
  
  
Malibu Library Design by LPA Architects

We first covered the Malibu Library back in April—Earth Day 2012 to be exact—for its star-studded grand opening in the beachside community of Malibu, Calif.

Recently, the library scored a feature in the Library Journal’s Year in Architecture list, a comprehensive compilation of public library building projects and academic libraries.

Architecture and Design Highlights 2012

  
  
  
  
Edwards Lifescience Landscape design by LPA

When I started pooling our designers for their picks of this year’s top architecture and design highlights—as the responses came rolling in, for me, Christmas came early. Not only has our company had an especially exciting year but as individuals there have been a lot of great trips—for research, work, and play—a lot of great projects—and a lot of great moments with our clients. At this time of year especially, we remember that without our wonderful clients we don’t get to do what we love to do, “benefit and enhance people’s lives through great design,” as said beautifully last week, by LPA Design Principal Glenn Carels.

The Value of Building Reuse

  
  
  
  
Newport Harbor High School Green Modernization California

I'm a firm believer that sustainability is less about investing in the latest, salvation-providing craze in technology and more about revising habitual thought processes. Being green doesn't have to be flashy or overt. Instead, it's better when adopted as a regular, integrated custom within everyday life. So in that same vein, I take particular interest in building reuse—both in its adaptive reuse form as well as just a general recycling and upgrade of building purposes. I find it worthwhile to take and improve architecture that is already a part of the built environment, bringing it in line with a more efficient and ecologically friendly direction, without relying on a brand new building constructed from scratch.

Civic Center Architecture: A Case Study in Revitalization

  
  
  
  
Brentwood Civic Center Architecture by LPA

In the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, is the charming city of Brentwood. Founded by John Marsh, an East Contra Costa County pioneer, the city was incorporated in 1948. Fast forward 60 years and you’ll find the city celebrating its new civic center, which includes a 2.7-acre city park, a 60,000-square-foot city hall, a 32,000-square-foot community center, and a 280-stall parking garage.

Malibu Library Design Gets A-list Acclaim

  
  
  
  
Malibu Library Renovation Grand Opening, LPA Inc.

It’s not every day A-list celebs attend the grand openings of our libraries. Recently, in Malibu, hundreds came out—including Mayor Laura Zahn Rosenthal, Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely, and Dick Van Dyke—to celebrate the opening of a very special library remodel. A dynamic metamorphosis of what was once a dark, dated, and inefficient space into what is now a light, bright, and sustainable environment that reflects the history and unique nature of this beachfront community.

Library Design Secrets: Part 3

  
  
  
  
Fullerton Library Design by LPA Inc.

With the recent completion of the Fullerton Library Renovation, we thought it was the perfect time to finish our multi-part series on architectural design for libraries. Senior Design Principal Rick D’Amato is back to share more helpful insights about the library design process, and the components involved with making it a successful community space. With more than 17 libraries under his belt, D’Amato is a wealth of information and we’re excited to bring you more of his expertise.

Civic Architecture Sizzles in the High Desert

  
  
  
  
Solar Panels on County Buildings

In the High Desert of San Bernardino County, are two fairly new government facilities that have been generating lots of buzz. Both designed by the architects, engineers, interior designers, and landscape architects of LPA, the Hesperia Police Department and Jerry Lewis High Desert San Bernardino County Government Center feature impressive solar photovoltaic arrays, which generate almost 473,000 kilowatt-hours per year. To get a more in-depth understanding of what these projects mean for future design and construction in the civic architecture realm, we decided to interview one of the project team members, architect Jeremy Hart.

The Re-Birth of the Santa Fe Springs Library

  
  
  
  
Santa Fe Springs Library Interior

By Guest Blogger Jim Wirick, AIA, LEED AP

In 1961, Santa Fe Springs was on the rural outskirts of Los Angeles. It was a land of oil wells, citrus groves, and dreams. In a stroke of wonder, the City was able to attract a Los Angeles architect to the town to design a civic center that would stand the test of time.

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