Orange County Business Journal: Environmental Focus Scores for Architecture Firm

Focus on sustainability and integrated design credited for LPA’s growth in healthcare; Dan Heinfeld moves into new role.

By Kaitlin Aquino

When Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian decided to spend $1 billion to expand its Irvine campus into OC’s largest hospital and healthcare hub, it hired Irvine-based LPA Design Studios to create architectural plans.

When Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (NYSE: EW) launched its recently completed major expansion of its Irvine campus, Orange County’s largest medical device company also tapped LPA, which had previously worked on other projects at Edwards’ expansive headquarters complex along Red Hill Avenue.

Both projects illustrate LPA’s increasing emergence as a key player in OC’s highly competitive healthcare industry building boom; outside multifamily development, hospital and healthcare-related work is the largest source of new commercial construction projects in the county, with billions of dollars of work currently underway…

LPA’s profile has been rising, in significant part by distinguishing its brand as focusing on environmentally conscious design, a strategy that’s been in the works for decades…

An LPA Leader Steps Back

As the spotlight was on Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian’s Irvine campus expansion last month, behind the scenes, a key architect of the building of LPA Design Studios was ending his 45 years at the firm.

Dan Heinfeld recently stepped down from his decades-long presidency, which he helped grow from a small, 10-person studio to an architectural design company with 400-employee, a national reputation for innovation in sustainability and major clients, including a 40-year relationship with Newport Beach developer Irvine Co.

Heinfeld will continue with LPA as a consultant and adviser to LPA’s board of directors.

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