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Lewis McNeel
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I recently attended the groundbreaking for Treehouse’s new Dallas store. A year ago I knew I was in for a fun project when TreeHouse’s CEO Jason Ballard asked us to produce “the most beautiful store in the world,” and then asked us for the world’s first net zero energy big box retail building, and then gave us some new Tesla technology to help make it all happen. Treehouse Inc., also dubbed Home Depot for Hipsters, is on a serious mission to make some wonderful things happen in the world. They are a home improvement store that sells quality, sustainable building materials which support human and ecosystem health. With their home base in Austin, Texas, TreeHouse provides education on strategies for saving water, energy and costs by focusing on health and ecology. These programs help to build smarter homes and smarter homeowners that engage in environmental stewardship as part of their everyday lives. The TreeHouse Dallas store’s overarching goal of net-zero energy has shaped every step of this project. Our architectural and engineering team collaborated with TreeHouse through a fully integrated design process. We began by tracking the energy use of the existing Austin store as Click to Read More Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge
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We are excited to announce that the Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion has achieved Living Building Challenge certification, making it the first Living Building in the State of Texas and 9th Living Building in the world. The Josey Pavilion physically embodies and reinforces the Dixon Water Foundation’s mission as a fully restorative Living Building and demonstration tool. This case study reveals how the meeting and education center achieves the standards required for certification. Click to Read More

Rebecca Bruce
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Goat Mountain Ranch, a ranch house overlooking the Nueces River, recently earned LEED certification. The project is sited on an intermediate bluff overlooking the expansive Nueces River Valley to the southwest and upward towards views of Goat Mountain and a bowl-shaped ridge encircling the site’s northern half. Click to Read More

Josh Nieves

Josh & Sarah’s Epic Roadtrip

Posted by on 5/11/16 at 01:35pm
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In the beginning of March, Sarah and I ended our long tenure as interns at Lake|Flato and began our long trek up to Nova Scotia to start graduate school at Dalhousie University. We were super excited to begin school but still found it difficult to say goodbye to our San Antonio family. In order to take our minds off of the extreme sadness, we decided to distract ourselves with a road trip schedule that would take the longest possible route to our final destination in Halifax. Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

Field Report : Austin Central Library

Posted by on 4/29/16 at 02:13pm
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To celebrate the large live oak that was craned up to the 6th floor green roof reading garden at the Austin Central Library today here are some recent images of the construction progress at the Austin Central Library paired alongside the corresponding renderings. Click to Read More

Justin Ford

Two L|F-ers Off to Graduate School

Posted by on 4/26/16 at 12:03pm
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Graduate School Admissions Notification Season is winding down and two Lake|Flato interns, Wo Wu and Pavan Iyer, have emerged with acceptance letters in hand.  Click to Read More

jennifer young

Who was Harriet Pattison?

Posted by on 4/25/16 at 08:50am
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“We previously knew Harriet Pattison through bits and pieces…. But now an oral history project sheds more light on Harriet Pattison’s life and work. As part of an ongoing oral history series on landscape architects, the D.C. based nonprofit the Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is releasing a 93-minute oral history on Harriet Pattison. In 32 wide-ranging clips, Pattison reveals how she approached her work, life, and Kahn. The series begins with her growing up in Chicago, through her opening of a private practice, to her major works like the Hershey Company Headquarters.”  
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Pavan Iyer

Get to Know the Interns

Posted by on 4/19/16 at 01:04pm
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LF’s four newest interns have been here for a while and are well-acclimated to the Lake|Flato lifestyle. Here’s the Dogrun-exclusive on Adam, Emilie, Alistair and Elijah. Click to Read More

Cecelia Smith

Meet Ryn

Posted by on 3/24/16 at 09:19am
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Ryn is always glowing. It could be the darkest, rainiest day and she still has enough sunny demeanor and charm to get through it and brighten the rest of us around her. Though animated with a subtle quick wit that could make even the Grinch laugh in conversation, Ryn is sharply focused. Click to Read More

Adam Heisserer

Liftfund Daylight Testing

Posted by on 2/4/16 at 04:10pm
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Last year, we went to the new LiftFund Headquarters in San Antonio to collect daylighting measurements. Collecting real data tells us how accurate our daylighting simulation was, and gives us invaluable information about which strategies are working and which are not. Click to Read More