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Long Beach Belmont Shores designer Casey Chapin leads the auditorium remodels
Long Beach Belmont Shores designer Casey Chapin leads the auditorium remodels.
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Designer Updates Auditoriums

Casey Chapin loves the challenge of creating 21st Century learning environments while respecting the original design of historic buildings.

That’s why he’s thrilled to work on the team from LPA Inc., the architecture and engineering firm that has completed modernization plans for two historical auditoriums in the Long Beach Unified School District.

Polytechnic High School’s auditorium, built in the 1930s, has been undergoing renovation since January of last year and is now nearing completion.

Meanwhile, the 1920s auditorium at Wilson Classical High School started receiving its facelift in February of this year.

Chapin, a Costa Mesa native who now resides in Long Beach’s Belmont Heights, says he is deeply invested in his adopted hometown.

“Long Beach reminds me of the cities in the San Francisco Bay area where I went to college,” he said. “The diversity of residents, historical buildings and vibrant neighborhoods are big draws for me.”

He adds that excellent schools in Long Beach were also a consideration when he moved here, although he and his wife Sara, a kindergarten teacher, don’t have any children yet.

Prior to his work as a design coordinator at LPA, Chapin earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from UC Berkeley. He worked for small architecture firms before joining LPA nine years ago.

Recently marking its 50th year as one of the largest design firms in California, LPA provides comprehensive architectural, planning, landscape architecture, interior design, engineering, and graphic design services.

The firm, headquartered in Irvine, has an educational division, specializing in K-12 schools and collegiate designs.

LPA recently won statewide and national honors for its design of McBride High School, which was built with Measure K funds and opened in Long Beach in 2014.

The firm also planned the recent modernization of the gymnasiums at Bancroft and Hoover middle schools and the new physical education building at Sato High School.

“I love what I do because I am able to combine my interest in art and design with my inclination toward mathematics,” said Chapin. “Architecture is a profession that requires dedication and hard work, but is also rewarding in many ways.”