This Sustainable Office Does More with Less

There isn’t anything especially revolutionary, or even surprising, about an open-plan office with stadium stairs and exposed ductwork. Walk into design firm LPA’s sunlit office in Irvine, California, and you might just think it a nice place to work. “It’s not like we’re doing things that are extravagant or way outside the box,” says Rick D’Amato, a design director at LPA, of the firm’s new self-designed office, which is certified LEED Platinum for commercial interiors.

Opened in spring 2019, the 55,450-square-foot workplace occupies three stories of a 15-year-old core-and-shell building owned by the Irvine Company—one that’s fairly typical of core-and-shell structures across the country.


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