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LPA designs sustainable and curriculum-driven facilities

The Irvine-based architecture firm brings its cutting-edge designs to Lake Tahoe.

By Sophia GioielloPublished: December 05, 2011 07:00 AM

LPA, an Irvine-based architecture firm, recently designed facilities for the Career Technical Education (CTE) programs at South Tahoe High School. The project included the design for the Tahoe Arts and Design Academy (TADA), which completed construction and opened this year, and the Sports Medicine Academy, which is slated to be completed in 2013.

LPA, one of Orange County's leaders in sustainable design, provides architectural planning, interior design, landscape architecture, engineering and graphic design and prides itself on its green track record.

The recently opened  $9.3 million-TADA building at South Tahoe High School has been called a "mini Pixar studio".  The 28,000-square-foot facility includes everything students would need to create, edit and produce professional-grade work from video, audio, performing arts and digital media. Features include editing suites, sound proof recording studios, several big-screen LCD televisions, a tiered orchestra room and a professional-grade theater.

As a sustainable innovator, LPA advocates cost-effective and environmentally friendly design and completion techniques. LPA values both public and private architecture, and designs a vast amount of facilities, from schools to corporate and civic establishments. The commitment and extensive experience of LPA has allowed the firm to earn more than 500 major design awards, including the California Council of American Institute of Architects’ “Firm Award.”

The company’s designs for the Lake Tahoe School District meet educational needs and concentrate on sustainability. School architect Steve Newsom said, “The school district was really the seed. They knew about career-tech education and the programs to fund it, so they developed their application, and we assisted, from the design side, by creating facilities completely driven by curriculum.”


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