Integrated Sustainable Design

A Bold Step for Mass Transit and Sustainable Design

Posted by Albert Lam on Thu, Jan 08, 2015

Compared to many other areas around the world, it seems rare when Southern California unveils exciting and striking urban design. It's also less common that we advance our transportation infrastructure (though the past few years have seen greater leaps in that category). But last month saw an instance of both with the opening of the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, or ARTIC.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Stormwater Management, Albert Lam, Sustainable Design, Civic Architecture, Sustainable Urban Design, Photovoltaic Panels, Urban Design, reduce water consumption

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

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, Tower of Hope

Student Design Competitions: Where We Learn from Student Architects

Posted by Ozzie Tapia on Thu, May 29, 2014

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

Journal Features Malibu Library in Best of 2012 Architecture

Posted by Rochelle Veturis Coles on Fri, Dec 28, 2012

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.

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Topics: Malibu Library, Public Library Building, Sustainable Design, Rick D’Amato, Library Design, Civic Architecture, Building Reuse

Architecture and Design Highlights 2012

Posted by Rochelle Veturis Coles on Tue, Dec 18, 2012

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.

Dear readers, thank you for spending another year with us. We hope you enjoy the highlights we’ve compiled for you below.

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Topics: Tonya Pawli, Denise Mendelssohn, Diamond Bar Library, Sunnylands Center Garden, YMCA Long Beach, Rich Bienvenu, Landscape Architecture, Jeremy Hart, Engineering, Edwards Lifesciences, Sustainable Design, Steve Flanagan, Dan Heinfeld, Building Information Modeling, Civic Architecture, Building Reuse, Glenn Carels, Architecture, Year End Architecture Highlights, Master Planning, Integrated Design

The Value of Building Reuse

Posted by Albert Lam on Mon, Nov 26, 2012

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.

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Topics: Adaptive Reuse, Tenant Improvement, Albert Lam, Sustainable Design, K-12 Schools, Green Modernization, Corporate Facilities, Commercial Interiors, Civic Architecture, Building Reuse, Sustainable Building Design

Civic Center Architecture: A Case Study in Revitalization

Posted by Rochelle Veturis Coles on Thu, Jun 21, 2012

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.

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Topics: San Francisco Bay Area, Landscape Architecture, California Architecture, Green Roofs, Civic Architecture, Jim Wirick, Vegetated Roofs, Brentwood Civic Center

Malibu Library Design Gets A-list Acclaim

Posted by Rick D'Amato on Tue, May 01, 2012

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.

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Topics: Library Spaces, Malibu Library, Sustainable Design, Green Building, Rick D’Amato, Library Design, Civic Architecture, Library Renovation, Building Reuse

Library Design Secrets: Part 3

Posted by Rochelle Veturis Coles on Tue, Oct 04, 2011

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.

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Topics: Smart Design Strategies, Fullerton Library, Sustainable Design, Rick D’Amato, Library Design, Civic Architecture, Library Renovation, Building Reuse

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