On October 23, 2014, WCVB Channel 5’s Chronicle featured the Worcester Technical High School, designed by LPA, as part of their focus on Worcester.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the much anticipated Shrewsbury Library project will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the library, 609 Main Street, Shrewsbury. To read the Telegram & Gazette article click here.
The Sherwood Middle School in Shrewsbury, MA was featured in Metal Architecture Magazine in October 2014. Click here to read the article.
Two new middle schools in Central Mass. recently bid lower than expected. Auburn Middle School (interior rendering above), using Construction Manager at Risk delivery method, came in at $33,655,694 and Mountview Middle School in Holden came in at $35,203,000 using a design/bid/build delivery method. Both projects are under construction with an expected completion date for Auburn by July of 2015, and Mountview expects to be occupied by July 2016, with final completion of Phase 2 by November of 2016.
As OPM for the Taft Public Library project in Mendon, LPA is pleased to learn the that Town of Mendon will receive state funding for energy efficient upgrades to the building. A Green Community grant in the amount of $111,062 for a new heating system and an appropriation from the state for $50,000, which will be used to replace single pane windows, were granted to the Town. Senator Richard Moore played an important role in securing the state funds. “In this age of the Internet and technology, libraries are still very important to our communities,” he said. The project is expected to be bid by contractors in early January, 2015.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 20 for the much anticipated new Mountview Middle School in Holden. David White, a member of the School Building Committee, who was one of Mountview’s original students, said, “We are building a building that will educate our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren for the next 50 years and beyond.” He credited the late Nancy Galkowski, former town manager and former Mountview student, for her role in initiating the project. “Nancy’s strong commitment to education had a significant impact on getting this project started,” he said.
The new school, which is the town’s largest project ever undertaken, has already begun construction and expects to be occupied by mid-July, 2016. Four students; school, local and state officials; and members of LPA took part in the ceremony.
At the Annual Preservation Awards Dinner on May 7 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, Michael Pagano was presented with a Paul E. Tsongas award. The 2014 award is the second in a three-year thematic program that honors the people behind the scenes who truly make historic preservation projects happen. This year’s award honors individuals of firms whose work transforms these historic resources and gives them new life during the design and construction period of historic preservation projects. Mike has been the architect for many preservation projects including The Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts and Kimball Hall at Holy Cross College, and currently is the principal architect for the restoration and addition to the Shrewsbury Public Library.
Over the past 43 years LPA has been committed to designing sustainable buildings by using a wide range of techniques and strategies to ensure control of energy sources, reduction of energy costs, and protection against climate change. Now, we are charged with the ultimate challenge to design one of the first public elementary schools in the state with the goal of zero net energy.
According to the Massachusetts Zero Net Energy Buildings Task Force, a zero net energy (ZNE) building is one that is optimally efficient and, over the course of a year, generates energy onsite, using clean renewable resources, in a quantity equal to or greater than the total amount of energy consumed onsite.
With the impacts of global warming becoming more evident, it is important to find new ways to create clean and local energy, as well as reduce our energy consumption. Buildings contribute 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and consume nearly 40 percent of energy in the US. To avoid potential negative consequences, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies should become commonplace in the way we design and build.
According to the New Buildings Institute 2014 Research Report, in the US and Canada there are currently 32 ZNE verified buildings and 110 ZNE emerging buildings ranging from homes and office buildings to libraries and schools.
In November of 2013, Lamoureux Pagano Associates was selected by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) in conjunction with the City of Worcester to conduct a Feasibility Study through Schematic Design for the Nelson Place Elementary School. Well beyond the threshold for 2% additional reimbursement for green design, the City of Worcester has established a zero net energy target for the project.
To address the strategies and opportunities for achieving zero net energy for the Nelson Place School, LPA organized a workshop charrette in January with a diverse spectrum of participants. Since then, options have been analyzed to develop the best opportunities for the school’s program and site.
As Julie Lynch, an architect with the City of Worcester, explains, “A large capital project, such as the new Nelson Place School, provides an opportunity for the City to develop best practices for energy efficient design to inform future projects in both the public and private sector.”
Nelson Place School provides an excellent opportunity to showcase sustainable design targets as outlined in local, state, and federal action plans. Potential on-site strategies considered for this analysis have included:
- Optimal Orientation
- Passive Strategies; shading, thermal mass, and daylighting/skylights & natural ventilation
- Maximum Efficiency of Building Envelope, Lighting and Ventilation System
- Power Purchase Agreement
- Solar Photovoltaic / Solar Hot Water
- Wind Power / Microhydro Power
- Geothermal System
- Collection and Re-use of Rain Water
- Green Roof
- Fuel Cell Generator
- Co-Generation System
- Chilled Beam / Chiller System
- Micro-hydro power
- Bio-mass/Digestion System
- Sale of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)
As the project develops, the most appropriate strategies for Nelson Place School will be incorporated.
When describing the city’s motivation behind a zero net energy school, Julie Lynch noted that the City of Worcester is a Green Community and in 2006 adopted a Climate Action Plan which states, “We can reduce the pollution that causes global warming by using currently available technologies that also enhance economic development. In our schools, homes and places of work, we can implement energy efficiency measures, use renewable energy, and increase waste recycling to pollute less and save money. These measures are not in conflict with economic development; instead, they are the basis on which our future economic development and quality of life will rely. Our actions can be an example to others, inspiring responsible energy and resource consumption. “
She further noted that, “By achieving a more efficient school building as a result of the Zero Net goal, and as the cost of energy will surely rise in the future, the City will benefit from a reduction in operating costs through the use of electricity and heat provided by renewable resources.”
Examples of recent successful sustainable projects designed by LPA include the Sherwood Middle School in Shrewsbury which features a highly efficient insulated metal panel exterior wall system and a low tech solar wall application to reduce energy costs. In Ashburnham, the J.R. Briggs Elementary School incorporated a wood pellet boiler system that takes advantage of a locally available fuel source. For both of these projects MA-CHPS (Massachusetts Collaborative for High Performance Schools) ratings were received, garnering reimbursements from the state.
With six LEED Accredited Professionals on staff, LPA has successfully used a design charrette approach to review and evaluate all sustainable options, and to determine the best solution. From decisions made at these charrettes, the Mountview Middle School in Holden, soon to start construction, will utilize photovoltaic panels estimated to produce 50% of the energy for the building; and Auburn Middle School, in the early construction phase, was designed to include a 1500-foot deep geothermal well dedicated to heating and cooling the building as an alternate.
Five years ago the Commonwealth of Massachusetts established the Zero Net Energy Buildings Task Force to “provide recommendations that would point the way toward universal adoption of zero net energy buildings for new residential and commercial construction by 2030.” For the Nelson Place Elementary School, LPA is excited to be a part of this important long-range goal and look forward to studying the opportunities for it to become a verified zero net energy building.
“Less energy usage isn’t enough. We have to set our sights not higher, but lower – all the way to zero.”
– Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
President Obama to Address Worcester Technical High School Graduates
President Obama will deliver his address to Worcester Technical High School’s Class of 2014 at the DCU Center on June 11. “I’m so proud,” Principal Sheila Harrity told the senior class in a surprise announcement in the auditorium. She was recognized in September as National High School Principal of the Year. LPA’s design of the school, which opened in 2006, has received local and national acclaim and is recognized as a model for contemporary technical high schools. “This school is an extraordinary community asset,” said US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, who toured the school on March 13 to promote President Obama’s education initiatives. The school was named a National Blue Ribbon School in the fall of 2013 and has a graduation rate of 95 percent.
General Colin Powell spoke to Worcester Technical High School students on March 27 as part of a series that hosts motivational speakers. He later toured the school and enjoyed a gourmet lunch prepared and served by students.
To see President Obama’s speech at Worcester Technical High School click here.
Christina E. Snyder, LEED BD+C AP
A cum laude graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology with a Masters of Architecture degree, Christina has extensive design and management experience on a wide range of building projects. Christina is a certified Construction Quality Control Manager and a LEED BD+C Accredited Professional. She is currently working toward her architectural registration.
Maneesha M. Nabar, LEED AP
Maneesha earned a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with concentration in Physical/Land Use Planning. She has over ten years of experience in healthcare and commercial projects in all phases of design and construction. Many of her projects have received awards for sustainability and green design. She is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Christopher M. Lee, LEED AP
A graduate of Roger Williams University with a Masters of Architecture degree, Chris Lee brings his experience in public and private education, medical facilities, mixed-use and residential projects to the LPA team. Chris is a LEED Accredited Professional and is currently working toward his architectural registration.
It is my great pleasure to share the news of Kathryn Crockett’s new role as vice president of Lamoureux Pagano Associates. Katie first came to our firm as an intern while studying architecture. In recognition of her contribution in both design and project management, as well as her skill in building strong relationships with clients and cohesive teams within LPA, she was named a principal of the firm in 1999.
Katie has been the project architect for many of LPA’s key projects, including the Sherwood and Oak Middle Schools in Shrewsbury, the J.R. Briggs Elementary School in Ashburnham, the Cultural Center at Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, the Seelos Theater at the College of the Holy Cross, the Dining Hall at Clark University, and the UMass Medical School Library and Amphitheater. As a LEED accredited professional, she continues to find innovative ways to incorporate green elements into renovation projects as well as designs for new buildings.
She has held leadership positions in a number of professional and community organizations, including the Massachusetts AIA, the Central Mass AIA, the HigginsArmoryMuseum and the Mechanics Hall Association. She also serves on the advisory board for the architectural technology program at FitchburgStateUniversity.
The team at LPA joins me in thanking Katie for her past contributions. As we move into the future, we look forward to the opportunities we are building with our clients, our community, and our firm.
Michael A. Pagano, President