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Vicki Yuan

Craft Call: Jesse Quintana of LoopTech

Posted by on 6/24/15 at 09:14am
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On a recent site visit to the Bridge House in Houston, I caught our geothermal well drillers in action and asked them about the drilling process.  As an alternative to conventional air conditioning systems, geothermal heating and cooling takes advantage of the stable temperature of the earth via a series of vertical wells or loops, providing heating, cooling, and hot water at very high efficiencies. Because the heat exchange is buried underground, a geothermal HVAC system eliminates outdoor equipment, avoiding unsightly condensers and their associated noise and long term maintenance.  Although the initial cost of installation is higher than a conventional system, geothermal has been proven to provide a quick payback and very low operating costs. Currently, federal tax rebates offsetting 30% of the install cost expire at the end of 2016. Click to Read More

Brantley Hightower
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One of the things I have always appreciated about the work of Lake|Flato is their deep respect for vernacular buildings. Sure there are plenty of lessons offered by the monuments of great architecture from around the world, but there is also lots to learn form the more modest buildings in our own backyard of Texas. Click to Read More

Cecelia Smith

LF SAYS GOODBYE TO INTERN JORDAN TSAI

Posted by on 6/19/15 at 11:11am
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LF will miss our Jack-of-all-Trades-Jordan. Known for his late night creativity that often kept him up into the wee hours and made him rush in at 11 a.m., Jordan had no shortage of energy to offer towards any task. Click to Read More

Hayley Johnson

Sustainability Conferences of 2015

Posted by on 6/17/15 at 08:26am
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Remaining active in sustainability discussions is an important part of what we do at Lake | Flato.  Conferences offer the chance for invested community members to learn, share, mingle and feel inspired.  Here’s a summary of the conferences attended by LFers this year. Click to Read More

Josh Nieves

Lick List: Seattle/Portland

Posted by on 6/15/15 at 01:04pm
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A few weeks ago Sarah and I decided to visit the Northwest to meet up with some graduated Lake|Flato’ers and explore the landscapes and architecture of Seattle and Portland.  Along the way a few buildings joined the highly coveted Lick List! Click to Read More

Cecelia Smith

RAND EMBARKS ON A NEW ODYSSEY

Posted by on 6/5/15 at 01:30pm
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I’ve learned a lot from Rand the last 4 years here at Lake | Flato. At the surface, you’d think that he’s just really interested in architecture, but it’s more – he’s an adventurer and inspiration junkie, searching for truth. Click to Read More

Cam Greenlee

NERD TRAIN – PART TWO

Posted by on 6/2/15 at 10:40am
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Sunday, May 31st, the historically appreciative “Nerd Train” took an impromptu trip south down the river. LFer’s Ben Hartigan, Ty Reece and myself eventually biked all the way down Mission Reach, stopping at Mission San Juan and finally Mission Espada. The weather had cooled and droves of people were all along the river enjoying their Sunday afternoon. Click to Read More

Hayley Johnson

B4B is back!

Posted by on 5/29/15 at 12:54pm
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What better way to start off a Friday than with waffles, polka music and reducing our carbon emissions?  Our first Bike4Breakfast of the year was a success with the seasonal appearance of the always popular nectarine! Click to Read More

Joe Ben

BETTER KNOW AN LF’ER: SUNNIE DIAZ

Posted by on 5/28/15 at 08:35am
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Sunnie always shines bright. Whether she offers a cheerful good morning or late in the evening tells you goodnight after a busy day at the office, her energy and cheerful personality always shines through.My little Cajun sister Sunnie. I’m not sure if her parents saw it at birth or if they did it like some Indian tribes and waited to see her personality develop before naming her – however they arrived at her name: they nailed it. From the first day I met Sunnie at lunch during her interview, I realized her name matched her personality perfectly. Click to Read More

Ted Flato
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As an architect, I have an appreciation for the role that climate, culture, and landscape play in the making of cities, and, through this lens, I enjoy discovering what makes places special. David Heymann, an architect and professor at the University of Texas, in his short but well written My Beautiful City Austin, leverages this unique architectural perspective to deliver a nice portrait of the city. Click to Read More