Lunz Prebor Fowler Architects is proud to support the growth and advancement of our clients. Recently, LPF assisted Saint Leo University through a charitable donation towards the construction of the Donald R. Tapia School of Business.
Dean Michael Nastanski states, “The new School of Business Building is visible evidence of our success and commitment to this generation and its benefits go well beyond the ‘bricks and mortar’.”
LPF believes in Saint Leo’s commitment to the future of education: It is our privilege to partner with them and have the opportunity to contribute to their continued success. Our goal in designing the space was to create an environment that would enhance learning, further student achievement, and incorporate innovative, interactive educational technology that would ensure future growth for the University.
LPF’s design delivers technologically advanced classrooms, flexible teaching spaces, and the incorporation of open/inviting spaces that will promote active learning and discussion that stimulates improvements in course work, content, and delivery.
The classrooms in the School of Business are the first to be constructed on-campus since 1964. These additional classrooms will not only accommodate rapidly increasing student and faculty needs, but also ultimately increase expectations of excellence at the University. State of the art education technology is seamlessly integrated in classrooms and seminar rooms-providing both students and staff with access to advanced learning tools. Bamboo panels warm the space, reflecting the sustainable nature of the building, and function as a place for mounting interactive two-four touch-screen Smartboards around the room. This allows faculty to teach from any location in the room and allows students to break out into groups while maintaining access to technology. Mobile seating and ample marker boards also encourage student interaction and collaboration.
Overall, LPF’s design of the New School of Business will positively impact Saint Leo’s faculty, staff, students and graduates for generations to come.
The NCAA soccer and lacrosse fields are located above a four bay 2 level parking garage built to accommodate over 740 cars. The athletic field will have a state of the art synthetic field designed for lacrosse and FIFA Class 1 rated field and will include a locker room, a press box, a concession stand and spectator seating. The press box will have a VIP lounge and 2 monitors for viewing the game. Also the locker room will be equipped with the same monitors to view tournament games while in the locker room. The concession stand will have a unique computerized point of sale system that will allow the product sales to be tracked, inventoried and allow for the digital menu board to be changed prior to an event to promote advertising of the School or purchased time from an advertised sponsor. Scoreboards will be located in a prominent location beyond the goals on each end of the field for ease of spectator viewing and team time management.
Lunz Prebor Fowler Architects provides pro-bono architectural services to a variety of non-profit organizations. Our annual contribution has been greater than 1% of our revenue, much higher than the target goal of our industry. Lunz Prebor Fowler Architects has provided planning, programming and design services for clients including animal shelters, museums and even individual Eagle Scouts. We believe that assisting our neighbors is our duty either in philanthropic efforts or when they are in a time of need.
Lunz Prebor Fowler Architects also prides itself in giving money and time back to our community. The company as well as individuals within the company donate money in addition to time to a variety of charities including American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Give Kids the World, Habitat for Humanity, Central Florida Speech and Hearing, Paint Your Heart Out Lakeland, United Way, Platform, Kiwanis, and Rotary among many other organizations. Lunz Prebor Fowler employees have also served in leadership capacity on a variety of non-profit boards. Some of these boards include Goodwill Industries, Central Florida Speech and Hearing, Society for the Prevention and Cruelty of Animals (SPCA), Arts in the Park, Platform, Explorations V, and Polk Theater.
Saddle Creek officially opened on December 7, 2011 with a small parade of firefighters and fire trucks lead by a bagpipe player. The ceremony also unveiled a commemorative plaque honoring firefighters who served as volunteers in the area.
The Cottonwood opening was held on December 13, 2011 with a similar ceremony.
A fire truck “cut” the ribbon in each ceremony by driving into the bay. A 5-inch hose was also uncoupled during the ceremonies to mark the official openings.
Lunz Prebor Fowler’s cost effective fire station prototype design is flexible enough to adapt to the budget and needs of an area, yet complete enough to incorporate all the necessities required. It is designed to fit both urban and residential neighborhoods.
The prototype is capable of housing both fire and emergency medical personnel and addresses the recent changes in building code as it relates to fire stations. The design incorporates living areas, offices, community meeting room and several apparatus bays. The apparatus bay and living modules are designed for expansion and flexibility, as the needs change over time.
Additionally, our in-house interior design team chooses standard finish materials for the stations that are durable and cost effective. They are now used in each new or renovated fire station completed by Lunz Prebor Fowler Architects.
Polk County will be building more fire stations in the upcoming year. The same prototype design will be utilized. Four Corners Fire Rescue Station will start construction after the first of the year.
Lunz Prebor Fowler Architects has been ranked number
13 within the Tampa Bay Area for Architecture firms. The annual list, published
by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, ranks firms by the number of registered
architects. Last year, Lunz Prebor Fowler was ranked number 20. Lunz Prebor
Fowler has 6 registered architects on staff—many of whom hold additional
certifications. Lunz Prebor Fowler Architects is the only Lakeland
architectural firm to make the 2012 list.
Lunz Prebor Fowler Architects, has been honored with the 2011 American Institute of Architects Tampa Bay Firm of the Year Award. The award recognizes architectural firms that have distinguished themselves in the field throughout the past and present.
To qualify for the award, a firm must show leadership, vision, ability, community service, as well as enhancement of the built environment, stewardship and shepherding the profession through mentoring future professionals
Lunz Prebor Fowler Architects is currently celebrating 25 years of successful architectural services. President and Principal, Edward G. Lunz established the firm in 1987 on four core values: communication, collaboration, composition and Sustainability.
The firm has completed work in over 28 states and the District of Columbia. The firm’s customer oriented philosophy, attention to detail, and the quality of design leads to 90 percent of projects performed for repeat or referred clients.
Architectural Firms in the following counties are eligible to receive the AIA Tampa Bay Firm of the Year Award: Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter.
The award can only be received every five years. Lunz Prebor Fowler Architects received the award in 2005 as well.
Principal Victor Prebor, AIA, featured his artistic work in a unique setting—a gallery at Lakeland Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens.
Gallery 2125 was developed in conjunction with PlatformART to showcase local artists, support the local community and to present the funeral home in a unique light. Funeral homes across the country have recently been moving in similar directions to focus on a celebration of life rather than on death. Art galleries are just one way this goal has been achieved.
Vic’s work was featured in the November opening show of the gallery along with the work of painter Mary May Witte and photographer Jon Boring.
Art and Architecture have always been Vic’s passion. Originally approached as two independent disciplines today he strives to replace that separation with integration – architecture as art – art as architecture. Regardless of the media, his work exhibits a powerful sense of energy and movement.
The gallery will host a new exhibit every 90 days, showcasing the work of local artists and students at Harrison School for the Visual and Performing Arts.
More information about the gallery can be found at The Ledger
The Donald R. Tapia New School of Business at Saint Leo University will house a piece of Saint Leo history. During the dedication of the building on October 15, 2011, a time capsule will be placed in the floor of the covered event patio on the northeast corner of the building.
The lid of the time capsule has been custom designed by Creative Sandblasting of Plant City Florida. The crest of Saint Leo University has been etched into glass and encased within a L.E.D. lit frame. The lid of the time capsule will weigh about 700 pounds and be permanently sealed by a time capsule specialist at a later time.
Leadership Lakeland is an annual program of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce designed to identify leadership and enhance leadership in the community. Thirty members of the community were selected for this year’s class.
From October through May, Brad will attend day-long sessions and over-night retreats that will give him hands-on experiences that engage him in all aspects of Lakeland and Polk County’s community.
Principals Edward Lunz (Class VII), AIA, Daniel Fowler, AIA (Class IV), and Victor Prebor, AIA (Class XXIII) are all graduates of the Leadership Lakeland Program. Ed is also a member of Leadership Lakeland Alumni, an organization for graduates of the program that allows them to continue the Leadership Lakeland experience and remain informed about the Lakeland community.
Daniel Fowler, AIA, has been chosen as a member of Class V of Leadership Polk.
Leadership Polk is a Polk Vision program that brings together leaders from across the county to develop networks of resourceful, informed and proactive leaders to create a more vibrant county and region.
Throughout the nine month program, Dan will be immersed in a curriculum that examines critical issues that impact Polk County.
Members are selected based on leadership abilities, career accomplishments, volunteer activities, contributions to the community and commitment to help shape a better community. There are 22 members in this year’s class.
Dan’s activities include past membership of the Board of Trustees of First United Methodist Church, Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries, City of Lakeland Historic Preservation Board, Lakeland Rotary Club, Leadership Lakeland Class 13, the Board of Directors for Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center and the Polk County Impact Fee Advisory Committee.
Dan is not the only principal of the firm to be chosen for Leadership Polk. Edward Lunz, AIA is a graduate of Leadership Polk, Class IV.