Lancaster Receives Green Communities Grant

POSTED ON July 6th  - POSTED IN News, Uncategorized

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. 

Considerations for Modern Library Design

POSTED ON March 14th  - POSTED IN News

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.

Westborough Selects LPA for Library Project

POSTED ON March 14th  - POSTED IN News

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.

Designing for Contemporary Schools

POSTED ON December 4th  - POSTED IN News

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.

New Auburn Middle School Opens Its Doors

POSTED ON December 4th  - POSTED IN News

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.

Holy Cross Hogan Center’s “Room 519”

POSTED ON December 4th  - POSTED IN News

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.”

AIA Central Massachusetts Design Awards

POSTED ON December 4th  - POSTED IN News

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.

Worcester’s Mechanics Hall – Meeting Place of the Community

POSTED ON July 9th  - POSTED IN News

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.

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