UPDATE: Anat Grant and Mike Schoen to Moderate a Roundtable Discussion at 2016 C.A.S.H. Conference

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We are pleased to announce that CSDA’s Director of Acoustics, Anat Grant, and Principal, Mike Schoen, will be moderating a roundtable discussion at next week’s 37th Annual C.A.S.H. Conference on School Facilities in Sacramento, CA. Anat and Mike will host an exciting interactive discussion on Sound Solutions: Acoustics 101 for Educational Facilities on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. This workshop will provide a basic understanding of acoustical engineering and design considerations specific to educational facilities. The focus of this engaging session will include an overview of acoustical design features that can help enhance student/teacher satisfaction, learning and productivity. We will also cover methods to improve speech intelligibility and verbal communication inside of a school. Additionally, we will seek to help architects in being proactive in addressing any potential acoustical issues that may arise during the early design phase of school projects.

Visit the C.A.S.H. website for more information.

UPDATE 2/25/16: If you weren’t able to catch it this year, our interactive handout from our Roundtable Discussion is available here: Sound Solutions_Acoustics 101 for Ed Facilities or here: Sound Solutions: Acoustics 101 for Ed Facilities


DeVoto and Schoen to speak at 50th Annual AAIE Conference


We are pleased to announce that CSDA’s Principals,Randy DeVoto and Mike Schoen, will be speaking at The 50th Annual AAIE International Leadership Conference & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia. The annual conference brings together a global village of international school leaders, accrediting agencies, university leaders and international service and product providers. The theme for this year’s conference is Interconnected & Inclusive. Randy and Mike will present an interactive workshop on Planning for an Interconnected School on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

Visit AAIE’s website for more information.



Lagunitas School District retained CSDA to complete a district-wide campus modernization of two elementary schools and one middle school. Phase 1 focused on modernizing classrooms to provide 21st Century learning environments. Technology infrastructure was upgraded to provide capacity for Common Core testing; windows and doors were replaced, interior finishes were upgraded and new casework was installed. Phase 1 is now complete and Phase 2, which will focus on outdoor classrooms and the exterior environment, is just beginning.

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CSDA Design Group Promotes Mike Schöen to Head LA Office

Schoen_MikeCSDA Design Group (CSDA) announced the promotion of Michael R. Schöen to Principal of the Los Angeles office. As Principal, Mike will continue his leadership and excellent service to his clients while mentoring the future leaders and innovators at CSDA Design Group. His goal is to continue to expand the Los Angeles office’s educational sector, while ensuring overall client satisfaction of current clients and of the firms’ account teams.

“On behalf of the firm, I want to acknowledge Mike Schoen for his outstanding professionalism, dedication to quality, and commitment to our clients and staff,” said President, Jeffery M. Fuller, AIA. “Working with Mike for the last 8 years, I have witnessed the remarkable attention and care he gives to our clients and his passionate dedication to the growth of CSDA. One of the most rewarding aspects of my position is promoting our staff members within the firm. I look forward to his continued success and supporting him in training our next generation of leaders.”

Mike Schöen, AIA, LEED AP, a fifth generation Californian with more than 20 years’ experience, joined CSDA in 2007 as a senior designer. Mike has been instrumental in managing some of the most coveted K-12 education projects throughout Southern California and internationally. He has developed key client relationships that have helped the company grow and is extremely knowledgeable and respected in the industry.

Inglewood Sound Insulation Program Celebrates Milestone

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On December 8, 2015, representatives from CSDA Design Group,  City of Inglewood and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) toured the 2,000th home to receive sound insulation in 2015. Read the full story in the Los Angeles WAVE.