Menlo Park, CA (May 17, 2017) – Menlo Park Small High School celebrated the ground breaking for the TIDE Academy, which stands for technology, innovation, design and engineering, designed by LPA Inc. Ensuring all students have access to high-quality learning opportunities, the TIDE Academy is designed to include classrooms, STEM labs and varied flexible learning spaces and is expected to be complete in  2019.

Located a quarter mile from the south end of the San Francisco Bay, the 45,000-square-foot public high school implements a project-based learning curriculum with a focus on college and career readiness in STEM fields.

“The design of the school reflects the innovative and collaborative spirit of the district and is outwardly focused to invite community and industry partnerships to drive the technology-based education,” said Katia McClain, Associate and Managing Director at LPA. “We designed a flexible, functional, multiuse space in both the interior and exterior including learning clusters as an innovative approach to scale learning for multiple preferences.”

The learning spaces will be stacked on three floors wrapped around a “vertical courtyard” for maximum indoor/outdoor connection at every level. In addition to classroom spaces, the campus features a makerspace shop, a coding lab dedicated to computer code education and software development and a design lab for rapid prototyping and implementing design concepts. Reflecting its progressive curriculum, the school is designed to be both innovative and responsive to enhance hands-on learning.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17 percent, while other occupations are growing at 9.8 percent. As the demand for technology is expanding into every aspect of life, students at the TIDE Academy will benefit from their new learning environment and develop their capabilities in STEM education.

Matching the innovative curriculum approach to learning, LPA applied an equally creative integrated design approach to maximize the school’s sustainability. The building is organized to promote daylighting, as well as views of the bay. A large, perforated metal scrim shades the building, protecting it from direct glare and reducing solar heat gains. Other sustainable initiatives include: a planted green roof, resiliency and active design strategies, high-efficiency HVAC systems and native, drought-tolerant landscaping.

Already an award-winning campus, the project has received design awards from the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) and from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Santa Clara Valley Chapter.

“To create a seamless use of the school by both students and staff, collaboration is woven into the fabric of the design,” explained Helen Pierce, Design Director at LPA. “Our strategy is to allow the students to become innovators by providing space that supports the flexibility to change modalities and empower students.”

Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD) has a strong initiative to deliver innovative and engaging student environments. "[We are] very excited to build such a dynamic school building that breaks the mold of 960 square foot boxes once and for all and where collaboration is truest 'built in’,” said Matthew Zito, Chief Facilities Officer for SUHSD. “The building is also a singularly beautiful piece of architecture and will serve as a great physical place to attend high school for the next 100 years.”

About LPA Inc.

Founded in 1965, LPA has more than 350 employees with offices in Irvine, Sacramento, San Diego and San Jose, California as well as San Antonio and Dallas. The firm provides services in architecture, sustainability, planning, interior design, landscape architecture, engineering and graphics. With a proven commitment to integrated sustainable design, LPA designs facilities that span from K-12 schools, colleges and universities and corporate, healthcare and civic establishments. More than 700 major design awards attest to LPA’s commitment to design excellence. For more information, visit


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(Cincinnati, OH; May 15, 2017) BHDP Architecture is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Pittsburgh. The office will be led by Mark Chachula, RA, LEED AP, PE who has been with BHDP for five years. “I’m excited to help bring BHDP Architecture to this region. We are already serving several clients in this area from our offices in Cincinnati and Columbus, OH and Raleigh, NC; so it makes sense for us to have additional design and project management resources here,” said Mark Chachula, Sr. Architect.

“Mark is an experienced Registered Architect and Professional Engineer who has led many assignments for multiple FORTUNE 500 clients. Putting Mark and our newest office in Pittsburgh is part of our long-range growth plan. With project locations spanning all 50 states, 5 Canadian provinces and 20 different countries around the globe, this expansion will help us better meet the needs of our growing client base,” said Mike Habel, President/CEO of BHDP.

BHDP’s new office is located at 6425 Living Place, Suite 200; Pittsburgh, PA 15206 and can be contacted by phone at 412-450-6031.

 About BHDP

BHDP, an award-winning international architectural firm with offices in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio and Raleigh, North Carolina, is recognized for intelligent, innovative and inspiring solutions in architecture, planning, interior design, project management, strategic consulting; and now offers custom facility management, location tracking tools and analytic support via AVUITY, its independent tech services consulting practice. BHDP serves five core markets: Workplace, Retail, Higher Education, Science and Integrated Industrial Design. For information visit



WALWORTH, WISC. – April 26, 2017 – Integra Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of high quality seating and tables for commercial environments, is showcasing its Kallise Lounge Collection at this year’s NeoCon Expo, June 12-14 in Chicago. 

With an exceptional range of options that can create a residential-scale with a contemporary, mid-century modern or even an international look, the collection seamlessly combines beautiful aesthetics and unmatched durability with desired comfort. Designed and engineered for superior value, Kallise is a natural fit for today’s most discerning commercial interior environments, including education, healthcare, hospitality and corporate settings.

The complete collection, most of which was initially introduced in March, consists of lounge chairs, two-seat settees and three-seat sofas. Ottomans, benches and a range of tables round out the collection.

Four arm styles are available: two arm widths of 3” and 5”, both with two leg height options of 3” and 8” heights. Legs are available in either solid wood with eight finish options, steel with four powder coat finish choices or steel with brushed chrome.  A caster leg option for mobility in either wood or steel is also available with the chair.

Additional options include three different arm caps: solid surface, solid wood or HPL  over a plywood edge.  The stylish arm caps are flat on top with beveled tapering edges.

Adding to its flexibility to meet any functionality or design need, a sleek-looking yet ultra-strong tablet arm can be added to one side of a chair and either or both sides of the settee or the sofa.  The tablet, with or without cup holder, is available in solid surface, solid wood and HPL over a plywood edge.   Power ports, with standard plug or two USB units, are available in a choice of white, black or gray. 

2—Integra Kallise Lounge Collection

“The Kallise Collection smartly bridges the gap between aesthetics and strength on one side and durability and comfort on the other,” said Chandra Putnam, Integra’s Director of Sales and Marketing.  “The number of pieces with the same finish options creates design continuity. Yet the collection also has a high level of modularity, where one component, say a seat or an arm cap, can be replaced if it becomes damaged or worn.  Kallise is designed to meet the needs of many end-users.”

The Kallise ottomans and benches have the same finish options as the seating.  The ottoman can come fully upholstered or with a table top option in either solid surface, solid wood or HPL/plywood. If desired, the benches can be specified with a sleek metal wrap to create a table top feature.  Table top options for the bench are the same as the ottoman. 

 All seating products come with a range of graded-in fabric options from the industry’s leading textile manufacturers, providing virtually unlimited color, pattern and durability options. 

A full line of Kallise Tables with metal and wood cylinder legs in several sizes is also available.

Products in the Kallise Lounge Collection contain the strength and durability for which Integra is known.  The Kallise chairs pass a 1,000 lb. drop test and a 2000 lb. static load test. The tablet arm passes a 300 lb. drop test.  Made with steel inner construction and featuring dymetrol suspension, Kallise seating products come with a lifetime warranty.

About Integra

Located in southern Wisconsin, Integra Inc., is a family-owned and operated company that has been designing and manufacturing seating and tables for lounge and reception areas since 1982. The company started with Monroe Putnam’s patented “tube and plug” inner construction design. Since then, Integra owners, Monroe and Deena Putnam, have grown Integra into a leading company that accommodates the unique requirements of each customer and end-user, and continually adds new products that exceed customer expectations. Integra sets the standard for products with functional style, durability and flexibility combined with first-class customer service.  With a focus on durability and minimizing environmental impact, all Integra seating lines have replaceable components to provide a more sustainable and cost effective solution for any facility. 


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Space influences behavior and attitude, which in turn influences the learning process. At NAC Architecture, designs are about more than just the building itself.  NAC recognizes that space influences behavior and attitude, which in turn impacts the learning process. Academic success is enhanced when an educational environment is thoughtfully designed to spark creativity and encourage innovation.

Equally important to designing inspiring learning environments is creating flexible spaces that can adapt to changing curriculum and a plurality of learning styles. In collaboration with Boston-based organization room2learn, NAC recently launched a campaign aimed at crowd-sourcing information on what teachers are doing in their classroom to improve the learning experience. The "Hack Your Classroom" campaign invites educators to share how they’re adapting their classrooms to better achieve desired outcomes (e.g., personalized learning, student engagement, student-directed learning).

Whatever you’re doing,  "Hack Your Classroom" wants to hear about it!

Additionally, the campaign wants to recognize and promote excellence in teaching and classroom design! That’s why one lucky hack submitter will be selected to receive $500 for new classroom supplies. The winner will be determined by a NAC + room2learn jury. Interested parties can submit their classroom hacks online here. Submission deadline is May 31, 2017.


Dallas, TX (April 27, 2017) — With nearly 40 years of educational design experience, LPA Inc. opens its new Dallas office. This is the firm’s sixth office nationwide and second in Texas. Located at 1920 McKinney Avenue, the office is led by educational facilities architect, Craig Drone. Drone, who draws on nearly 30 years of design experience, joins LPA as principal and regional studio director. He is responsible for developing the company’s presence in Dallas, sharing the benefits of LPA’s integrated design approach and pursuing opportunities with local clients.

“Craig Drone is unmatched in his passion for the education of Dallas’ students,” said Mark Oppelt, Principal of LPA San Antonio. “His expertise aligns with our passion to create 21st century learning environments that inspire the next generation of learners.”

A philosophy of service

Drone has worked with many notable school districts across Texas designing project-based learning environments. He recently completed renovations and additions to Greenville High School in Greenville, Texas, with an arena designed for robotics competitions in their Career Tech Education (CTE) programming, and Burleson ISD, which included several phases of exploration for energy efficiency best practices through elementary school re-site projects.

“It’s not about my vision as the architect,” Drone explained about his approach to design. “It’s about creating innovative learning environments that support the vision of district staff, teachers and students.”

Opportunity for energy savings 

Texas leads the nation in energy consumption and is the fifth largest energy consumer in the world. Effective November 2016, new construction of K-12 schools must meet the mandatory Texas Building Energy Code.

According to the Energy and Sustainability Department of the Dallas Independent School District (ISD), electricity costs are one of the largest expenses for the district. With a history of sustainable design practices, LPA is committed to maximizing energy efficiency without compromising program space or quality of the learning environment.

Schools where students thrive

The Texas population totals approximately 27.9 million—with Dallas ISD ranking the second-largest public school district in the state. With an influx of families to the region, the need for new and improved school facilities is paramount. Studies show that students with strong arts education earn higher grade point averages and score higher on the SAT than students without arts education. Due to the significant impact of arts education on brain development, schools in the Dallas area are prioritizing the programming of creative spaces to maximize student success.

From STEM laboratories to performing arts centers, LPA designs education spaces with a student- centered approach. The firm is currently working with a school in Tyler, Texas to develop 21st century skills and foster an appreciation of the arts for students. The project’s first phase includes an expansion with a makerspace and digital media labs on the first floor, with learning studios and science labs on the upper floor. Plans include an athletic facility and future additions for a new performance space.

 “As I’ve gotten to know the people and principles of LPA,” Craig Drone expressed, “I’ve only become more energized about the ways we will support the growing Dallas community through their education spaces.”

 About LPA Inc.

Founded in 1965, LPA has more than 350 employees with offices in San Antonio and Dallas, Texas, and four offices in California. The firm provides services in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, engineering and graphics. With a proven commitment to sustainable design, LPA designs facilities that span from K-12 schools, colleges and universities to corporate, health care and civic establishments. More than 700 major design awards attest to the firm’s commitment to design excellence. For more information, visit

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