LPA Lighting Designers Win National IES Awards

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) recently awarded LPA with one local and two national awards for achievement in lighting design. LPA earned a Los Angeles/Orange County section award in the Outdoor Lighting Design category and a national award in the Interior Lighting Design category, both for eSTEM Academy – a K-12 STEM-focused campus in Eastvale, California. LPA was also recognized nationally in the category of Energy and Environmental Design for Crown Valley Community Center, a new community center in Laguna Niguel, California.

“Lighting is a core component of any LPA design, and we are honored to have our work recognized by the IES,” said Rebecca Ceballos, lighting designer at LPA. “At both eSTEM Academy and the Crown Valley Community Center, lighting was critical in helping the client achieve their overall programming goals.”

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Serving 4,500 students, eSTEM Academy provides access to a variety of student-centered outdoor spaces that are integral to the school’s STEM curriculum. The exterior lighting supports the overall program, creating a warm, inviting educational environment that fosters learning, collaboration and socialization. The lighting design features fixtures that are integrated into the architecture, multiple layers of lighting controlled individually to serve different activities, and a mix of bright and dark spaces that enhance visual comfort. Energy efficient LEDs are used throughout to help the facility beat California’s Title 24 by 20 percent.

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The Crown Valley Community Center consolidates and replaces the city’s 40-year-old recreation center, transforming it into a modern and cohesive space that provides a vast array of community program spaces. The lighting achieves the city’s goal of connecting people with outdoor activities, featuring Illuminated floating roofs, adjustable flood lights, lighted pathways and handrails, and decorative pendants, among other features. All interior spaces have daylight sensors, occupancy sensors and local dimming controls, with specialty controls for the ballrooms and movement rooms. The indoor and outdoor lighting was designed to maximize energy efficiency.

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