For more than 15 years, design firm LPA Inc. was based in Roseville and liked it there. Then downtown Sacramento started getting a new surge of interest, just as LPA was coming to the end of a lease.
So long, Roseville. LPA will open Monday in a 4,100-square-foot space at 431 I St., hoping to be part of the action.
Firm principal Kevin Sullivan said being close to the development activity around the new arena and in a year or two, the railyard was a big motivator.
But LPA, which has offices in four California cities, also has a big collaboration culture. So a spot next to the train station, and near the freeway, airport and light rail had a lot of appeal as well.
“It was just about being better connected to the city,” he said. “Our space in Roseville, it’s been good for us for 15 years, but it’s time to be downtown.”
LPA executives hope to tap into both new development and even new office tenants coming to the region, Sullivan said. The new space is in a 1920s building but features ceiling-to-floor windows, collaborative spaces and no private offices. Those are concepts new office tenants can see in action and adapt to their needs, he said.
On the first day, LPA will have about 18 employees in the new location, with room to expand up to as many as 30, he said. The firm is multidisciplinary with specialists in planning, architecture, entitlements, engineering, landscaping and other components of design and build work.
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