It's a long time to be in school, but Oklahoma City's LWPB Architecture has been hanging out in classrooms in Edmond and Norman for 48 years — and for retention, not detention.
Norman and Edmond public schools are among the longest-term clients for LWPB, which has been observing its 50th year in 2012.
More recently, LWPB, 5909 Northwest Expressway, Suite 600, provided architectural services for Bricktown Fire Station No. 6 at 21 N Lincoln Blvd., the first LEED-certified project by the city of Oklahoma City.
LWPB also designed Patience S. Latting Northwest Library, 5600 NW 122, which was the first branch library built by Metropolitan Library System in more than 30 years.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, a benchmark for construction by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Wendell Locke and Bob Wright founded the firm in 1962.
Locke retired in the 1990s and died in 2007. Wright has retired but is often seen in the office and still does consulting work.
“LWPB was founded on a standard of creative problem solving that we maintain to this day,” said Daniel L. Pruitt, president. “This is what has enabled us, over the past half-century, to complete over 2,000 projects in Oklahoma and the surrounding region.”
Pruitt said principals and professionals of LWPB, which has a staff of almost 40, are particularly proud of their leadership in LEED and BIM technology — building information modeling.
“We have adopted a strong commitment to sustainable design in our practice. We believe that we can make a positive difference, long-term, in what we develop for our clients,” he said.
Other firm officers are Jeff Wegener, vice president; Dennis Ward, vice president; Rick Siler, secretary; Craig Foster, treasurer; Lisa Chronister and Laurence Stubblefield.