Katie Crockett Joins Panel for Women’s Leadership Conference

POSTED ON July 11th  - POSTED IN News

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.

Planning for Successful Phased Construction Projects

POSTED ON July 11th  - POSTED IN News, Uncategorized
When updating, renovating, and/or expanding a building that is in current use, careful planning is critical to minimizing disruptions and ensuring the safety of occupants. The City of Leominster opted to renovate and expand their existing high school rather than replace it with a new building, and entrusted LPA with the planning and design. Phased occupied construction proved to be cost effective and resulted in a facility that now meets the needs of the school community.

New Veterinary Training Clinic Planned for Monty Tech

POSTED ON July 11th  - POSTED IN News

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.

Team Nelson Place Pulls Plane for Charity

POSTED ON July 11th  - POSTED IN News

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.

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.

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