LPA is serving as the architect on a unique project for the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School. A new veterinary clinic will allow the school to expand its veterinary science program, and the construction students at the school are getting hands-on experience constructing the new facility. You can read more in the recent article in the Telegram and Gazette.
We are pleased to say that 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for LPA. We have a number of significant projects underway, some new staff on board, and a leadership team that is ready to take on new challenges. I wanted to take this opportunity to share a little bit about the management team, since we have a new strategy in place for the coming year.
LPA was honored to be recognized this January by the Worcester Business Journal’s Best of Business Award for best architect. The Journal also featured the firm in their Best of Business issue, the full article is here: Worcester Business Journal.
In addition to the acknowledgement from the local business community, three recently-completed LPA projects received recognition at the end of 2017: the Contemplative Center at the College of the Holy Cross, the Shrewsbury Public Library, and Mountview Middle School in Holden.
LPA Associate Chris Lee is leading a Revit Users Group at LPA, augmenting the one-on-one mentoring he has been providing as the resident expert in the building information modeling software which has become the new industry standard for architectural design, MEP and structural engineering, and construction. The bi-weekly meetings provide an opportunity for staff to get a more holistic view, ask questions, share their experiences with the software, and learn from each other to maximize the potential of this collaborative tool. In addition to leading this group, Chris initiated the office’s recycling program, which has significantly reduced the amount of office waste making its way to landfills over the past four years. Chris has also recently committed to volunteering his time in his local community as a member of the Mindess School Building Committee in Ashland.
The Nelson Place Elementary School in Worcester was used as a case study in a presentation at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s BuildingEnergy Boston Conference held in early March. Paul Ormond of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources gave a presentation on energy codes, using the recently completed Nelson Place school as an example of a project that targeted net zero energy, and in so doing, is performing far better than the code requirement.
You can view the presentation here: NESEA 2018.
Preservation Massachusetts, the statewide historic preservation nonprofit organization, recently blogged about the restoration of Worcester’s Hanover Theatre. The post tells the story of the historic building and the numerous transformations it has undergone in its 100-plus year history. The Theatre has been one of Worcester’s great success stories in recent years, and LPA is proud to have be a part of that story. You can read the blog post on Preservation Massachusetts’ website.
“I was fascinated with heavy equipment and construction and seeing buildings come up out of the ground before I understood anything about it. I was the kid so taken with construction that I used to follow the asphalt paving crews,” said Mike Pagano, reflecting back on the path that led him to become a partner and then president of the biggest architectural firm in the city where he grew up.
To honor and thank Mike Pagano for all he has contributed through his work at LPA over the past four decades, an event was held at the Hanover Theatre on December 7. More than 150 people came to celebrate Mike as he retires from LPA and enters the next phase of his life and career. The Hanover Theatre was chosen as the venue, as the restoration of the historic theater, completed in 2008, is one of the most widely recognized projects in LPA’s portfolio.
LPA President Mike Pagano was featured in the Business Matters section of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. As Mike retires from LPA after 43 years with the firm, he reflects on his career, discusses the next phase of his career, and talks about the future of the firm.
Read the article here.
A recent article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette talks about MSBA’s survey of public school buildings across the Commonwealth, and in particular highlights the needs in Worcester and Fitchburg for upgraded or new public school facilities.
LPA Executive Vice President Katie Crockett is quoted in the article, talking about what she has seen in the public schools throughout Central Massachusetts and the need to design schools that can provide a 21st Century education. From the article:
“It’s not just crumbling walls and leaky ceilings that require updating, however. Kathryn Crockett, vice president at Lamoureux Pagano & Associates, a Worcester-based architecture and project-management firm that has worked on dozens of school building projects in the region, said there are more education-driven considerations that have swayed districts with the necessary resources towards doing more expensive rebuilds of schools rather than patch up or add onto existing buildings.”
Read the full article here.
After 43 years with the firm, ten of those as president, Mike Pagano has announced his retirement from Lamoureux Pagano Associates at the end of 2017. The leadership transition is already underway, with Executive Vice President Katie Crockett poised to step into the president role on January 1st. Katie will share management responsibilities with Principals Eric Moore, Rick Lamoureux, Jr., and Rob Para, Jr.
“It has been my privilege to work with Mike for the past 30 years,” said Katie. “And it will be my honor to continue and build upon the legacy that Mike has created at LPA over his long and distinguished career.”
The first new public elementary school to be built in Worcester for more than a decade, Nelson Place School was designed to meet a broad array of needs, while hitting ambitious targets for energy efficiency. The school is a Pre-K through 6th grade, 600-student neighborhood school, which also serves half the district’s population with autism. Given the charge to create an inclusive learning environment for students with and without disabilities across a wide spectrum, great care was taken in understanding how the design of the building could best support a variety of learning and teaching styles, with flexibility for changing needs over time.