SEAOSC Honors LPA with Excellence in Structural Engineering Award

LPA’s design of the LEED Platinum Edwards Starr Atrium was recognized with an Excellence in Structural Engineering Award from The Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC). The judges honored LPA with an award of merit in the new construction category for creating a seismically resilient, environmentally sustainable, structurally efficient space that transforms a disparate collection of buildings into a cohesive campus.

“The Starr Atrium is a great example of LPA’s integrated process and the value of involving structural engineers from the start of the process,” said Bryan Seamer, LPA Director of Structural Engineering. “It was a pleasure to work with Edwards to create an inspirational space that supports their critical work.”

Edwards Starr Atrium is a 25,000-square-foot structure that creates a bridge between two existing office buildings, as well as a dramatic new entry to the corporate headquarters for the industry-leading medical device manufacturer. The campus creates a variety of indoor and outdoor zones that encourage collaboration and connection between scientists and employees, and create a welcoming environment for the groups of patients that frequently visit.

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LPA’s engineers designed a unique “truss net” structural system that spans the space and maximizes its openness. The customized structure also casts an artistic weave shadow across the interior, filtering the light streaming through the skylight that runs the length of the atrium. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a connection to the outdoors, while a bi-fold vertical lift door can be opened to promote natural ventilation.

Operating at zero net energy, the facility features a rooftop photovoltaic system that provides more energy than the space uses, as well as an energy-efficient HVAC system that pushes out air through perforated metal panels. Large bioswale and bioretention planters on the site capture stormwater and promote water conservation.

This is the latest in a series of awards for Edwards Starr Atrium. Previous recognitions include honors form the American Institute of Architects (AIA) California Council, American Society of Civil Engineers Orange County, AIA Orange County, American Society of Landscape Architects, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Orange County Engineering Council and CREW OC.