LPA Inc. Named California’s Design Firm of the Year 2012

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The architectural design, planning, and engineering firm is among the greenest companies in California, with a solid track record in water and energy efficient building design.

By Design Firm of the Year 2012, LPA Inc.

One of the many sustainable buildings designed by 2012 California Firm of the Year, LPA Inc.

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.

For the first time in 47 years of doing business, Irvine-based LPA Inc. is named California Design Firm of the Year, by industry magnate, Engineering News-Record. According to ENR California Editor Robert Carlsen, LPA rose three spots in this year's Top Design Firms ranking – from No. 20 last year to No. 17 this year – as revenues climbed 11%, to $48.2 million, a notable accomplishment in a still-tough architectural market. What also sets LPA apart is its deep green character. For example, more than 80% of its 200 employees are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professionals.

“This is great recognition for the company and for what we are doing as an integrated design* firm,” says LPA President Dan Heinfeld. “Sustainability is one of the best things to happen to the design industry – our clients have appreciated the immediate benefits and long term value it has allowed us to give in a difficult marketplace.”

California’s Design Firm of the Year is selected by the editors of ENR’s regional publications, with a focus on firms with notable accomplishments, impressive projects, high-profile project contracts, and growth in the annual Top Design Firms list.

A quiet, visionary business, LPA expanded its offices in both Irvine and San Diego, Calif. last year – the latter located within the historic Wonder Bread Building, a former commercial bakery constructed in 1898. The firm has received an unprecedented 35 years of continuous recognition from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Orange County Chapter – taking home six of the chapter’s 16 awards (for more, check out Who in O.C. designs the coolest buildings?). LPA has left its footprints, or shall we say blueprints, across the state with a bevy of interesting projects, of few of which include:

  •     The Student Recreation Center for California State University, Northridge
  •     The Recreation and Wellness Center at California State University, East Bay
  •     The Malibu Library in Malibu, Calif. – LPA’s 30th, constructed LEED certified project
  •     The interior renovation of Southland Industries’ Southern California Campus
  •     The ASICS America Corporation expansion in Irvine, Calif.
  •     The Fullerton Public Library, the American Public Works Association’s Project of the Year 2011
  •     The renovation of the historic Wonder Bread Building, in East Village, San Diego
  •     The Brentwood Civic Center, the Bay Area's most aggressive downtown revitalization project

With extensive experience in public and private architecture, LPA designs a diversity of facilities that span from K-12 schools, colleges and universities, to civic, corporate, religious and retail establishments. The firm provides architectural, sustainability, planning, interior design, landscape architecture, graphics, and engineering services, which include structural, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering.

*Design collaboration with both internal and external project partners, a key part of LPA's green strategy.

About LPA Inc.
Founded in 1965, LPA has more than 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 K-12 schools, colleges and universities, to corporate and civic establishments. More than 500 major design awards attest to LPA's commitment to design excellence. For more information, visit LPAinc.com.

About Engineering News-Record California
Engineering News-Record (ENR) California is a monthly magazine that provides news, analysis, data and opinion for the construction industry worldwide. It is owned by The McGraw-Hill Companies. The magazine's subscribers include contractors, project owners, engineers, architects, government regulators and industry suppliers. It covers the design and construction of high-rise buildings, stadiums, airports, long-span bridges, dams, tunnels, power plants, industrial plants, water and wastewater projects, and toxic waste cleanup projects. It also covers the construction industry's financial, legal, regulatory, safety, environmental, management, corporate and labor issues. ENR annually ranks the largest contractors and design firms in the U.S. and internationally. For more information, visit California.Construction.com.

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