Mary Bulso is a project manager at LPA whose recent projects include the Mendon Taft Library and the Prescott Building in Lancaster. When Mary is not on the job making sure projects are meeting budgets and deadlines, she spends her spare time helping clean up and protect the Blackstone Valley Heritage Corridor as part of the National Heritage Corridor’s Volunteers-in-the Parks program.
“I asked many students what their favorite part of the building is, and answers included the art room, media room, playground, cafeteria, music room. But the answer that kept coming up was “Everything. We love everything,” said John Coderre, Town Manager for Northborough speaking at the re-dedication ceremony held at Lincoln Street Elementary School on September 15.
LPA had been working with the Town of Northborough on an addition and renovation project at the school since 2013, and recently completed the phased, occupied construction project. The school posted two videos, one touring the school and another of the re-dedication ceremony, which you can find here.
The Massachusetts School Building Authority recently announced the addition of 12 new schools into the Model School Program, including LPA-designed Sherwood Middle School in Shrewsbury. The Model School Program offers incentives to school districts for adapting and revising an existing design from a recently completed school.
Sherwood Middle School was one of only two middle schools selected in this round of the program. Sherwood opened in 2012 and was designed to accommodate 900 fifth and sixth grade students. Schools selected for the program undergo a thorough review to ensure that they adhere to MSBA guidelines, incorporate sustainable design features, and are adaptable to expansion or contraction, among other considerations.
Lamoureux Pagano and Associates has been selected to provide design services for the South High Community School Building Project for the City of Worcester. Representatives from the City and the Massachusetts School Building Authority reviewed eight proposals and interviewed two firms, ultimately ranking LPA first for the building project.
South High was built in 1978 and currently has a number of deficiencies that hinder the school’s ability to optimally deliver their educational program. It is unknown at this time whether the project will result in new construction or renovation and addition to the existing school, but LPA is excited to work with the City of Worcester and the school district on this important project. This will be the sixth public school project that LPA has undertaken for the City of Worcester, including the nationally recognized Worcester Technical High School and the Nelson Place School, now under construction.
The Lincoln Street School in Northborough recently held a re-dedication ceremony for their newly renovated elementary school. The above video tours some of the new features of the school and the link below is to a video of the school’s re-dedication held on September 15.
LPA architect Peter Caruso has been accepted to participate in the 2016-2017 class of Leadership Worcester, an intensive, nine-month leadership development program led by the Community Foundation of Greater Worcester and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. Roughly 24 participants are selected each year, after a very competitive application process. The program offers training and skill development to participants, creating a network of leaders to support each other and move the community forward. Peter and the rest of the new class will begin the program this September.
Read the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce article to learn more about the new Leadership Worcester Class.
The new Mendon Taft Library is now open to the public. Construction began last June to transform the former St. Michael’s church on North Avenue into the new Taft Library. The adaptive reuse of the church building was an opportunity for the town to keep costs down while creating a facility that could meet current and future needs for the community. LPA began working with the Town of Mendon as OPM to relocate the library to the renovated building in the summer of 2013. The 6,000 square foot space is fully accessible and features more space for materials, meetings and library programs.
Hosted by the Worcester Chamber of Commerce, the 7th annual Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference held on April 14th at the DCU Center was their best attended to date with close to 800 attendees. LPA Vice President Katie Crockett participated on the panel of one of the morning workshops entitled, “Smashing the Glass Ceiling: Not Your Average Joan,” moderated by Shirley Konneh.
Katie was one of three panelists who shared their experiences of moving up the ladders of their careers and the unique challenges faced by women in leadership roles in the workplace, with an audience of about 150. Other panelists were the former Registrar/CEO of the Registry of Motor Vehicles for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Celia Blue, and Dr. Matilde Castile, Commissioner for Health and Human Services for the City of Worcester.
The Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in Fitchburg is planning to add a veterinary science program to its educational offerings, and has hired LPA to design their new facility. The new veterinary science training program building will be roughly 7,500 square feet and is slated to open for the 2017/2018 school year.
On June 10, LPA joined Nelson Place School Principal Monica Poitras, representatives from Fontaine Brothers Construction and Nitsch Engineering, and staff from the City of Worcester to compete as “Team Nelson Place” at a charity plane pull at the Worcester Regional Airport. The event raised $7,000 in support of Seven Hills Foundation’s autism programs. Team Nelson Place, representative of the team working on the Nelson Place Elementary School Project, came in fourth out of the 12 teams competing at the event.
The Town of Lancaster was one of 47 communities to receive a Green Communities Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The $250,000 grant will support energy conservation measures for the Prescott Building Project, specifically, a fuel conversion (oil steam to electric heat pump) of the HVAC system, and installation of an efficient oil boiler for supplemental heating.
LPA is serving as the OPM for the renovation of the historic Prescott Building, and worked with the town grant coordinator and Guardian Energy to apply for the grant. More information about the grants can be found on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website.