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Irvine-based architectural firm LPA designs green student recreation center

The $62.3 million facility at California State Northridge opened with rave reviews.

by Crystal NguonlyPublished: February 15, 2012 07:45 AM

Cal State Northridge’s new state-of-the-art student recreation center, designed by Irvine-based architectural firm LPA Inc., is one step closer to being completely sustainable.

As a part of the university’s mission to create a sustainable campus, LPA designed the recreation center to meet standards of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s (LEED) Gold-level certification, which requires a third-party verification that the building achieves high performance in water savings, energy efficiency and environmental quality.

The 138,000-square-foot student recreation center is home to two outdoor pools, basketball and volleyball courts, a jogging track and a massive 40-foot-high rock climbing wall.

“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,” said Debra Hammond, CSU Northridge University’s Student Union executive director.

The building was created with environmentally efficient features such as displacement ventilation, solar controls of screens, recycled and materials and water-efficient landscaping. About 90 percent of the building allows for natural daylight.

With awards from the American Institute of Architects in Orange County, LPA has been creating sustainable designs for more than 40 years.

LPA’s next project on the school campus will include a 60,000-square-foot classroom-and-administrative building, and a 130,120-square-foot synthetic recreation field, to be completed in 2013.

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