With dozens of K-12 school projects in our portfolio, LPA|A is arguably best known for our work in this arena. Our approach is to immerse ourselves in the culture and community of the school and district, and collaboratively develop program and context-driven designs.
Designing for Everyone
The decision to replace the aging Nelson Place Elementary School in Worcester with a new building provided an opportunity to create a learning environment that could be a model for inclusiveness. The school supports the district-wide autism program in addition to serving students across a wide spectrum of abilities and disabilities. The entire team on the project was eager to make the most of this opportunity, researching the best possible options for lighting, technology, furniture, colors, and textures, to create an school where students of all abilities could thrive. The 600-student, 112,000 square foot school serves pre-K through 6th grade, and includes an early childhood assessment center serving children district-wide.
Beyond Traditional Learning Opportunities
The Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (Monty Tech) approached LPA|A with a unique project to design a veterinary clinic that would be built by the students of the school under the supervision of their instructors. Twenty instructors in eight different trades and 200 students built the clinic, and now that it is open, many more students will receive invaluable hands-on training in the state-of-the-art facility.
In Service to the Community
In working closely with the City of Worcester on the Nelson Place project, staff at LPA|A see firsthand how important community supports can be to ensuring students’ basic needs are met. Upon learning about the City’s Recreation Worcester program, which provides enrichment opportunities after school and over the summer, LPA|A President Katie Crockett wanted to do more than write a check. LPA|A undertook a fundraising campaign, coordinating with Fontaine Brothers and appealing to the many consultants and contractors who worked on Nelson Place to raise $30,000 in support of the program. More recently, LPA|A staff have been volunteering through the program to introduce students from the Quinsigamond School to design concepts after school.