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Heather Gayle Holdridge
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The American Institute of Architects have selected the Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Projects for 2015.  These buildings are the top ten (plus one legacy project) examples of sustainable design projects in North America.  The COTE Top Ten Awards program, now in its 19th year, is the profession’s most rigorous recognition program for sustainable design excellence. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.  We are very excited to see that two of the winning projects are right here in San Antonio, Texas! Click to Read More

Brandi Rickels

Field Report: Indian Springs School

Posted by on 4/22/15 at 10:24am

Located on 350 acres in the wooded hills south of Birmingham, Alabama, the Indian Springs School is an independent day and boarding school serving grades 8-12. In 2012, the school engaged Lake|Flato and local architect, ArchitectureWorks, in a master planning effort to transform and invigorate the campus originally designed by the Olmstead Brothers in 1950. The master plan includes new structures for Classrooms, Visual Arts, a Dining Hall, and Administration that are part of a three phase “Springs Eternal” campaign. Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

Field Report: Austin Central Library

Posted by on 4/20/15 at 04:07pm

The office visited the Austin Central Library construction site on Friday as part of our ongoing Know|How series. We were able take a look at the exposed concrete and steel structure as well as experience ‘Austin’s new living room’ the large atrium space at the heart of the building.  As of Friday the concrete superstructure is in place and the steel roof structure is going up. The large 125’ long main roof trusses are slated to be craned into place in the next week or so. Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

The U.S. Green Building Council will now recognize energy and water requirements from the Living Building Challenge green building system within the LEED green building program.  USGBC says it shares common goals with the International Living Future Institute, developers of the Living Building Challenge. This move means that projects achieving the energy and water requirements in Living Building Challenge will be considered as technically equivalent to LEED.  You can read more about this news in USGBC’s press release. Click to Read More

Cecelia Smith


Posted by on 3/24/15 at 05:18pm

We recently welcomed a new member to the office. Hayley Johnson, LF’s new sustainability intern, hails from London, Ontario. Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

While Supermétal may sound like an arena rock band they are actually a Quebec based specialty structural steel contractor working on the Austin Central Library. Earlier this month I took a trip to visit Supermétal’s Rock Hill South Carolina Plant to review one of the steel bridges for the library being constructed in the shop. I enjoy seeing how items we design are expertly crafted, and Supermétal’s shop did not disappoint. Click to Read More

Corey Squire

Josey Pavilion, Through the winter

Posted by on 2/6/15 at 11:12am

The Josey miniseries is back and better than before with re-branded sustainability graphics! At Lake Flato, we are pushing forward with our efforts to visually display the graphs and data of the sustainability world and after a month hiatus, here they are.   This is the fourth and fith post of a thirteen post series on the process of obtaining Living Building Status. Each month over the next year, we will be posting an update on our water and energy usage as well as an overview on how we achieved each of the 20 imperatives mandated by The Living Building Challenge.   Since the last update in early December, energy use has been running smoothly. December was basically a wash where a combination of cold and cloudy conditions caused out energy generation to drop and our consumption to raise. At the end of the month, we had generated just 10 more kWhs that be consumed.   January saw our energy use raise back up to pre-grand opening levels, netting 81 kWh for the month and 165 kWh for the performance period so far. Decatur saw a drier than average December and a slightly wetter than average January, as our Click to Read More Click to Read More

Casey Nelson


Posted by on 1/30/15 at 09:21am
Justin and David

We are also very happy to welcome David and Justin who have migrated south to San Antonio to join the office as our newest design staff members. Click to Read More

Josh Nieves

The Interns Take on Government Canyon

Posted by on 1/28/15 at 04:12pm

Taking advantage of the 70 degree weather in January, the intern crew decided to take a trip to Government Canyon and check out a classic Lake|Flato visitor center as well as some prehistoric dinosaur foot prints. Click to Read More

Casey Nelson
January 2014 Interns on a Fence

It has been a very busy start to 2015 here at Lake | Flato. With many great projects on the horizon, we have assembled a veritable intern army of talented, interesting, fun folks to help keep things running smoothly.
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