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.
Progress is being made on the construction of the Holy Cross Thomas P. Joyce Contemplative Center in West Boylston. Construction began in the spring of 2015 and will be complete in the fall of 2016. There is much more about the project on the Holy Cross website including a live webcam of the construction.
A recent article in Metal Architecture Magazine profiled LPA Vice President, Katie Crockett. They spoke with her about her career path, community service, and how she approaches her work. You can read the article here.
Many predicted that the growth of the internet and e-readers would create an accompanying decline in the use of libraries, but so far this has not proven to be the case. Changes in technology have impacted how libraries are used, but library circulation and visits have not seen major declines in recent years.
School, public and academic libraries are all being transformed and serving their respective communities in some new and different ways. LPA has been involved in a number of library design projects recently, including numerous public school projects, the Shrewsbury Public Library, and academic libraries like the Gordon Library at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Dinand Library at the College of the Holy Cross.
This past November LPA was selected to conduct a feasibility study for the Town of Westborough’s Public Library Project. LPA will undertake an assessment of the current building conditions and provide several options, to include potential renovation options as well as alternative site options for possible new construction.
The MetroWest Daily News recently featured the renovation of the Lincoln Street Elementary School in Northborough, a current project of Lamoureux Pagano and Associates. You can read the article here.
LPA is one of many local businesses and organizations volunteering services to help with the relocation of Stearns Tavern. The tavern is one of the oldest structures in the City of Worcester and was slated to be demolished before the community stepped up to save and relocate the historic building.
Read the Telegram & Gazette article to learn more.