Rachel Inmon Joins East Village-based Design Firm, LPA Inc.

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One of San Diego’s Best and Brightest Women in Business embarks on a key leadership role at Top Green Design Firm.

San Diego Architecture and Planning Firm, LPA Inc., located in the historic Wonder Bread building, in East Village.

Being part of a well-established, forward-thinking firm with a desire to establish deep roots and continue growing in this community is a benefit to this ever-growing region and to all who call San Diego home.

Project Director Rachel Inmon brings nearly 20 years of experience to her new role and opportunity at East Village-based design firm, LPA Inc. According to Inmon, she opted to join the firm because of the integrity, openness, honesty, high ethical standards, and value placed on executing details and design well. As someone who will be involved with projects and clients from initial meetings through construction, and follow-up business opportunities, this was important. Her leadership skills pair nicely with the leadership demonstrated by LPA in the green building and design realm—accentuated recently by the recognition of California Design Firm of the Year by industry magnate, Engineering News-Record.

Known throughout the region for its noteworthy buildings in the K-12 and Higher Education sectors, the company offers services in architecture, sustainability, planning, interior design, landscape architecture, engineering and graphics. Earlier this year, the LPA office in the historic Wonder Bread building earned LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Not only was the space an opportunity for LPA designers to exercise their design chops—it also serves as proof of their commitment to creating buildings that are environmentally responsible, using less water, less energy, and other resources wisely.

“LPA is a leader in thoughtful, creative, sustainable design,” says Project Director Rachel Inmon. “Being part of a well-established, forward-thinking firm with a desire to establish deep roots and continue growing in this community is a benefit to this ever-growing region and to all who call San Diego home.”

Prior to joining LPA, Inmon led the business development and project management efforts of several San Diego companies, focusing her efforts on the commercial, technology, and defense markets. She graduated in 1991 from Ball State University, with BS degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design from the School of Architecture and Planning. Inmon lives in San Diego with her husband, a Marine Corps Reserve Colonel. She is active in her community through charitable organizations and enjoys traveling, creating art, and anything to do with welding.

Rachel Inmon
Assoc. AIA, LEED AP ID+C
Project Director at LPA Inc.
Rinmon[at]lpainc[dot]com
(619) 929-3938

LPA Inc.
131 14th Street
San Diego, CA 92101
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About LPA Inc.
Founded in 1965, LPA has nearly 200 employees with offices in San Diego, Irvine, and Roseville, 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.

San Diego projects in the works:

  •     Modernization and reconstruction of San Marcos High School in San Marcos, Calif. – one of the largest high school construction projects in the State of California. The reconstruction’s design meets the healthy school standards of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). Designers have worked closely with San Diego Gas & Electric, and as a result, the district is set to receive more than $300,000 in energy efficient design incentives, from Savings by Design.
  •     Downtown Charter High, a new public high school located on the sixth and seventh floors of the new San Diego Central Library in San Diego, Calif. Scheduled to open in August of 2013, LPA has designed a project-based learning high school with less standardization and more flexibility. The school is on track to receive LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
  •     Renovation and reconstruction of San Diego State University’s Storm and Nasatir Halls in San Diego, Calif. The project brings the 1957-era buildings into the 21st century with modern energy efficiency and current health and safety standards. The modernization includes new and upgraded classroom technologies, academic and research laboratories, and faculty offices. Two new lecture halls, with 275 and 475 seats, and a small food service facility/convenience store also are included. Architecturally, the renovations add new windows and an exterior finish to improve the building’s energy efficiency. New elevators, ramps, site work and door operators will be provided to assure wheelchair access. The renovations will save the university millions of dollars in deferred and ongoing maintenance costs. The project is expected to be completed by January 2015.
  •     The Palomar College Humanities Building in San Marcos, Calif. The three-story, more than 90,000 square-foot Humanities Building will house a Reading Center plus classrooms and faculty offices in English, English as a Second Language, Foreign Languages, and Journalism/Communications.
  •     The Palomar College Teaching and Learning Center in San Marcos, Calif. The single-story, 6,600-square-foot Teaching and Learning Center will feature offices and conference rooms designed to provide students with a unique space for counseling, tutoring and studying. The center will focus efforts on serving the College’s increasingly diverse student body, many who need to acquire college-level reading, writing, mathematics, critical thinking, and study skills in order to achieve their academic goals. Both the Humanities Building and Teaching and Learning Center are funded through Proposition M, a $694 million bond which was approved by voters in November 2006. The buildings are expected to be completed by summer 2013.

For more information, visit LPAinc.com.

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