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.
Today’s schools have challenges and opportunities that were not even a consideration for educational institutions 20 or 30 years ago. Changes in technology, security, energy efficiency, flexible curriculum delivery, and more inclusive accommodation of special education including autism spectrum disorders are among the areas requiring attention and consideration in the design of a modern school that meets the needs of a contemporary educational program.
As an example, flexible learning spaces allow teachers to customize their classrooms. Furniture and equipment that is portable and can easily be reconfigured multiple ways serve not only to facilitate individual and project-based learning as needed, but also can accommodate students with disabilities who may require a customized configuration of furniture and/or lighting.
Hundreds of Auburn residents and others came out for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at Auburn Middle School on August 29th. The ceremony was preceded by a tour of the new 100,000 square-foot building, where visitors were impressed with the bright and spacious lobby, classrooms, media center, cafeteria, and more. LPA had conducted a feasibility study in 2013 which determined that the new 560-student middle school serving grades 6, 7, and 8 was needed.
The educational program is a team-based curriculum, and includes state-of-the art flexible science labs utilizing short-throw LCD projectors, laptops, and tablets. The building is divided into separate academic and community-use spaces by a sky-lit entrance space which also serves as a lobby for the gymnasium, cafeteria, and school store.
The 130-seat auditorium in the Hogan Center at the College of the Holy Cross known as Room 519 was underutilized and “tired,” according to Director of Conference Services and Campus Center, Jeremiah “Chip” O’Connor.
“It was a challenging room to use and a lot of people didn’t like it, said Chip. “We took the opportunity of the necessary rehab to make it into something that people had been asking for.”
LPA was honored with a Merit Award for Design Excellence at AIA Central Massachusetts’ Annual Design Awards, held on November 21st at the Higgins House at WPI. The award was given in recognition of LPA’s work on Sherwood Middle School in Shrewsbury. The 900-student school was completed in early 2013 and was featured as the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General’s “Story of a Building,” and was recognized by School Planning and Management, and the Metal Construction Association. LPA is honored to be recognized by the AIA CM, which represents about 100 members comprising the architecture community of Central Massachusetts.
Members of the community came together on May 7th to consider the future of Worcester’s acclaimed Mechanics Hall, brainstorming on ways to maintain the Hall’s position as an historical and acoustical masterpiece, while infusing 21st century appeal to attract audiences of diverse age and cultural interest. Approximately 150 community leaders attended the forum in an effort to discuss the Hall’s position as a catalyst for community engagement.
LPA’s Vice President, Kathryn Crockett, to Join Panel Discussion at Statewide Annual Preservation Conference
This year’s Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference is being held in Worcester at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy on August 14. The opening and closing reception will be held at Mechanics Hall. The preservation community will convene to share ideas, network, discuss challenges, and learn from each other to strengthen collective preservation efforts across the state.
Given LPA’s expertise in historic preservation, we were asked to participate in a panel discussion for the session “Preservation Techniques and Technologies: Asking the Right Questions”. Afterwards, a walking tour of successful historic projects, including the Hanover Theater, designed by LPA, will take place. For more details, please see the conference website.