Energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and performance in all types of weather are increasingly at the top of mind for owners of building projects. The importance of the building envelope to the overall design cannot be overstated, but when done well, often goes unnoticed by occupants. LPA is fortunate to have an in-house resource for this important area of work in Mike Oldakowski. Mike has been with the firm for 20 years, and is called upon often to research and compile pertinent information for the project’s building envelope.
At an early stage of design of the new Beal Early Childhood Center for the Town of Shrewsbury, LPA’s sustainable design consultant, the Green Engineer, led a design charrette to discuss the many ways this project could incorporate energy efficiency and sustainable design features.
The public meeting was well attended with the building committee and interested community members participating in the discussion with the engineering and design team on the project. A visioning exercise at the start of the meeting encouraged everyone in the room to think about what they would like to see in a new Beal school on its opening day.
Staff at LPA volunteered their time recently, serving as docents for third grade students from the Worcester Public Schools on a tour through the City. The program, coordinated by Preservation Worcester with support from Central Massachusetts AIA and Unum Group, invites students out of the classroom to see the City’s history through the lens of its architecture and to get a hands-on lesson in civics in the City Council Chamber.
LPA architects Leo Parker and Sean Brennan worked with Preservation Worcester to train as docents for the program over the course of several weeks. They were then in the classroom for a presentation to students in preparation for the field trip before finally participating in the tour through the City.
Natalie Gabrielle came to LPA with ten years of experience on a range of project types including higher education and historic preservation projects. A licensed architect, Natalie earned her Bachelors in Architecture and Environmental Design from Ball State University and her Masters in Urban Design from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
LPA is serving as the architect on a unique project for the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School. A new veterinary clinic will allow the school to expand its veterinary science program, and the construction students at the school are getting hands-on experience constructing the new facility. You can read more in the recent article in the Telegram and Gazette.