Two Southern California buildings built by Irvine-based architectural firm LPA Inc. have received Project of the Year recognition from the American Public Works Association’s Southern California chapter. The award is presented to firms that design civic buildings that stand out for their innovation, creativity and beauty.
The existing 50,000-square-foot Fullerton Public Library (pictured) underwent a 6,000-square-foot expansion and renovation designed by LPA.
The building, which reopened in July, was singled out for its large glazed windows that protect books from ultraviolet light damage and boost the building’s energy efficiency, as well as its earthquake-safe shelving. The renovation also includes a café and bookstore, plus new space for teen services. Photovoltaic solar panels, to be installed in the parking lot, will include a power monitor that library patrons can view the structure’s power usage.
Charlie Williams, an LPA architect, said, “Kids and patrons will have an instant connection to the power being generated by the photovoltaics. It’s a great way to connect the users – and the community – with what’s happening in their building … not only the architecture, but the sustainable design features, as well.”
In addition, LPA’s design used in the renovation of Hesperia’s police headquarter building, completed in 2010, received Project of the Year recognition for its energy efficiency and its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification status, presented by the U.S. Green Building Council. The 42,000-square-foot project, part of the city’s civic center’s master plan, was completed in 2010 by Griffin Structures.
The creation, by LPA Senior Designer Rick D’Amato, includes overhead skylights to bring natural daylight into an internal atrium and surrounding spaces. Louvered canopies reduce the sun’s heat on south-facing windows, and lighting and occupancy sensors help reduce electricity costs. The police station reportedly performs 17.8 percent more efficiently than California’s stringent Title 24 building requirements. Its neighbor, the Jerry Lewis High Desert San Bernardino County Government Center, is also LEED Gold certified.
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