CSDA competed Internationally with 21 design firms and was selected to prepare a master plan for the International School of Latvia (ISL) in Riga, Latvia. While the facility was built only five years ago, ISL has experienced a significant increase in enrollment thus creating the need for an updated campus master plan. Additionally, ISL is looking to increase classroom flexibility and create more spaces for student collaboration.
Recently, Randy DeVoto (Principal) and Mike Schoen (Associate) of CSDA visited the ISL campus to analyze existing building conditions, evaluate existing site conditions, and interview faculty and staff to develop a conceptual architecture program. These items will serve as a basis for the development of master plan design services.
As part of their first trip to Riga, Latvia, Randy and Mike enjoyed visiting several historical sites, experiencing the local culture, food and beautiful scenery.
CSDA has served as consultants to educational facilities planners worldwide and has completed 15 master plans for international school clients in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America.
CSDA provides acoustical design services for the City of Inglewood Residential Sound Insulation Program. This program is the largest of the three active noise insulation programs at Los Angeles International Airport. Inglewood currently has 1,700 homes scheduled for construction. Read the article Los Angeles Sound Insulation Program – Creating Quieter Neighborhoods in the August/Sept 2015 Airport Magazine.
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The “40 Under 40” honorees represent the next generation of leadership in the AEC industry from around the world. Randy and his fellow 10th annual recipients were selected based on sustained career progress, academic training, service to professional organizations, community service and other exemplary professional or personal development.
BD+C dubbed Randy a “Sound Citizen,” capturing his expertise in acoustics, noise and vibration control and his dedication to professional organizations and activities that benefit the AEC industry. Read more about Randy’s accomplishments, extracurricular involvement and time off the clock in the September 2015 issue of BD+C.
Click here to go to BD+C’s website to meet the “40 Under 40,” Class of 2015.
Studies show that students perform better, stay in school longer, and enroll in higher level programs when parents, family and community members are involved in their education. CSDA has worked closely with the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center charter school campus and their renowned founder, Dr. Yvonne Chan, in designing buildings that serve not just as classrooms but as true hubs for the blending of education and community.
In the video below, hear from the students, parents, and teachers themselves on how Vaughn has affected their community and the lives of their students since its inception in 1993.
“I’m grateful,” she said. “It was unexpected, but it’s nice to be acknowledged by my peers at such a high level.”
Earlier this year Victoria was nominated for the ENR/ACE Outstanding Mentor 2015 national competition, due to her exceptional contributions to the ACE organization. The ACE program helps to mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. Although she ultimately didn’t place as a finalist, the nomination alone is a great honor.
She joined ACE Los Angeles in 2012 and immediately took on active leadership roles serving as a Mentor, Co-Team Leader and, eventually, a Team Leader. Among her many accomplishments, Victoria has mentored 75 students since she became involved with ACE three years ago.
“I wanted to get involved in a volunteer role to give these students the exposure I didn’t get when I was in high school,” she said.
One particular student who has stood out over the years is Jocelyne Perdomo. Jocelyne was attending Lennox Math, Science and Technology Academy in Lennox, CA when she became one of Victoria’s ACE mentees. In 2013, Jocelyne was only 15-years-old when she was offered a part-time, paid internship at CSDA’s Los Angeles office. She is now a senior in high school and has plans to attend UC San Diego this fall to pursue a career in the A/E/C industry.
Victoria is currently on the Education Committee for ACE San Francisco, spearheading the Student Liaison Sub-Committee. Her sub-committee is working to shape policies and best practices for how the local ACE affiliate will operate in the coming years.
“What drives me to continue to mentor is how much these kids inspire me to be hopeful for the future of the A/E/C industry,” she said. “I hope I can inspire other young professionals and show them that it doesn’t take a lot of experience to make a big difference – a little goes a long way.”
Read more about the ACE program.