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Buyers Guide: LPA Inc.

LPA Inc.
5161 California Ave., Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92612

Phone: (949) 261-1001
Fax: (949) 260-1190

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Founded in 1965, LPA has nearly 200 employees with offices in Irvine, Roseville, and San Diego, Calif. The firm provides services in architecture, sustainability, planning, interior design, landscape architecture, engineering, and graphics. There is no “Sustainability Director,” at LPA. Instead, more than 80% of the professionals are LEED accredited, including the Human Resources Director, CFO, and several other support staff.

With extensive experience in public and private architecture, LPA designs a diversity of facilities that span from college and university buildings—including world-class athletic training and recreation centers—to K-12 schools, corporate and civic establishments. More than 500 major design awards attest to the company’s commitment to design excellence.

In 2012, LPA was recognized as a Top Three Green Design Firm in Education, a Top 25 Green Design Firm in the Nation, and the 2012 California Design Firm of the Year by industry magnate, Engineering News-Record.

See projects from this firm that have been featured in the Architectural Showcase:

Cal Poly Pomona Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex

Pomona, California

Cal Poly Pomona will join the roster of 14 CSU campuses that have recreation centers in operation or under construction. Acting on a strong show of support from the university's incoming freshman class, the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex is set to open Fall 2014. The complex is designed to feature a 51-foot rock wall, juice bar, indoor running track, lounge areas, leisure and lap pool, fitness studios and more.

Cost: $40.2 million
SqFt: 119,000

Cal State East Bay Recreation and Wellness Center

Hayward, California

Described as the last piece to the campus life puzzle, the Recreation & Wellness Center was purposely located at the edge of the academic zone and across the street from student housing, effectively becoming a transitional space between the two. Providing a strong visual identity through the use of strong forms and bold color, the building’s most recognizable exterior element is an aluminum-perforated screen veil devised to minimize direct sunlight, diffuse daylight and maximize vistas to San Francisco Bay. This is both an aesthetic touch and symbolic of the building’s (and campus’) broader mission of sustainability.

Cost: $19.1 million
SqFt: 54,148

Cal State Northridge Student Recreation Center

Northridge, California

“Honestly, there are simply too many wonderful features in this building to pick just one: I love the wood finishes, the color selection, the way the inside of the facility flows naturally into the outside, the pool, the landscaping, the studios, and the amazing rock wall at the entrance of the facility!” says CSU Northridge University Student Union Executive Director Debra Hammond. “I love it all. It’s beautiful and incredibly functional. It’s an owner/operator’s dream.”

Cost: $62.3 million
SqFt: 138,000

Paramount High School Athletic Complex

Paramount, California

The multi-purpose 6,000-seat Paramount High School Pirate Stadium features a Field Turf synthetic field, an all-weather, nine-lane urethane track, a lighted score board, press box with elevator, two pole vault pads, a high jump area, and two long jump runways with four sand pits. Anchored by a Field House Building, which includes dedicated team/locker rooms, classrooms, a weight room, wrestling facility, and instrumental room for the marching band, the athletic promenade also serves as a gateway to a new 450-seat baseball complex. The collegiate-level field has 350-foot left and right field lines, a 385-foot center field fence, 37-foot vinyl-coated backstop, fully sub-drained natural turf area to ensure durability and year-round access, concrete dugouts, multiple batting cages, and enclosed bullpens.

Cost: $11.9 million
SqFt: 29,000