“I was fascinated with heavy equipment and construction and seeing buildings come up out of the ground before I understood anything about it. I was the kid so taken with construction that I used to follow the asphalt paving crews,” said Mike Pagano, reflecting back on the path that led him to become a partner and then president of the biggest architectural firm in the city where he grew up.
To honor and thank Mike Pagano for all he has contributed through his work at LPA over the past four decades, an event was held at the Hanover Theatre on December 7. More than 150 people came to celebrate Mike as he retires from LPA and enters the next phase of his life and career. The Hanover Theatre was chosen as the venue, as the restoration of the historic theater, completed in 2008, is one of the most widely recognized projects in LPA’s portfolio.
LPA President Mike Pagano was featured in the Business Matters section of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. As Mike retires from LPA after 43 years with the firm, he reflects on his career, discusses the next phase of his career, and talks about the future of the firm.
Read the article here.
A recent article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette talks about MSBA’s survey of public school buildings across the Commonwealth, and in particular highlights the needs in Worcester and Fitchburg for upgraded or new public school facilities.
LPA Executive Vice President Katie Crockett is quoted in the article, talking about what she has seen in the public schools throughout Central Massachusetts and the need to design schools that can provide a 21st Century education. From the article:
“It’s not just crumbling walls and leaky ceilings that require updating, however. Kathryn Crockett, vice president at Lamoureux Pagano & Associates, a Worcester-based architecture and project-management firm that has worked on dozens of school building projects in the region, said there are more education-driven considerations that have swayed districts with the necessary resources towards doing more expensive rebuilds of schools rather than patch up or add onto existing buildings.”
Read the full article here.
After 43 years with the firm, ten of those as president, Mike Pagano has announced his retirement from Lamoureux Pagano Associates at the end of 2017. The leadership transition is already underway, with Executive Vice President Katie Crockett poised to step into the president role on January 1st. Katie will share management responsibilities with Principals Eric Moore, Rick Lamoureux, Jr., and Rob Para, Jr.
“It has been my privilege to work with Mike for the past 30 years,” said Katie. “And it will be my honor to continue and build upon the legacy that Mike has created at LPA over his long and distinguished career.”
The first new public elementary school to be built in Worcester for more than a decade, Nelson Place School was designed to meet a broad array of needs, while hitting ambitious targets for energy efficiency. The school is a Pre-K through 6th grade, 600-student neighborhood school, which also serves half the district’s population with autism. Given the charge to create an inclusive learning environment for students with and without disabilities across a wide spectrum, great care was taken in understanding how the design of the building could best support a variety of learning and teaching styles, with flexibility for changing needs over time.
Earlier this year the Central Massachusetts AIA put out a call for volunteers for its Programming Committee. LPA architect, Leo Parker was looking to get more involved with the organization, eager to support and advance the design community in Central Massachusetts. The Programming Committee coordinates professional development and networking opportunities for architects in the region. One recent program provided participants with a tour of the LEED-certified Clark University Alumni Student Engagement Center, led by the architect.
“As architects we have a unique opportunity to participate in the conversations that help create a better living environment, said Leo. “Getting involved with the Programming Committee at AIA has been one way to advance these important discussions.”
In addition to participating in the Programming Committee, Leo has more recently joined the Executive Committee which is currently focused on their annual awards event to recognize and raise awareness of architectural achievements here in Central Massachusetts.
A recent article in Worcester Magazine highlighting the Leadership Worcester program and Coordinator Sara Shugrue recognizes LPA Architect Peter Caruso as an example of a successful program participant, highlighting Peter’s involvement in the community.
Sara says in the article, “Peter Caruso is an architect from Lamoreux Pagano. He is an experienced professional who participated in last year’s class. He was super interested right from the beginning. He immediately found a way to use his new skill set in the community.”
LPA currently has two positions open: Project Architect and Intern Architect/Revit Technician.
We are seeking a creative, experienced individual to join our team. For almost 5 decades, we have been providing our clients with the highest level of design and professional service. Our award-winning portfolio includes educational, cultural, corporate and medical facilities and historic preservation projects. Versatile work skills and diverse portfolio desired. Qualified and experienced applicants only.
LPA and Fontaine Brothers teamed up this spring on a fundraising effort to support Recreation Worcester, a program of the City of Worcester that offers recreational, educational, and enrichment opportunities through summer camps and after-school programs. LPA and Fontaine Brothers kicked off the fundraising effort by making donations to Recreation Worcester and reaching out to all the companies that have been working on the Nelson Place Elementary School Project. Because of the firms’ work on the soon-to-be completed building, they have seen both the need and the value of programs like Recreation Worcester.
More than two dozen companies contributed funds to the cause, raising $30,000 for the program, enough to fund one site for a year.