Monthly Archives: November, 2011

    Rebecca Bruce

    AU Session, Diagrams Directly from Revit

    Posted by on 11/30/11 at 12:00pm

    Philip and I are learning lots at Autodesk University… Here’s a glimpse at this morning’s lab exercise to make graphic diagrams directly from Revit: Click to Read More

    jennifer young

    Rainwater Calculator

    Posted by on 11/28/11 at 11:00am

    SIMPLE RAINWATER CALCULATOR to help you estimate how much water you can potentially collect and how much water your design requires (both indoor and outdoor). As you progress through design there are other consultants who will likely provide input such as the landscape architect, irrigation designer, and civil engineer. Click to Read More

    jennifer young

    Lessons Learned on a LEED Platinum Home

    Posted by on 11/22/11 at 11:00am

    At the TSA Convention this year I was one of the presenters in a session called Lessons Learned on Two LEED Platinum Homes. This short document highlights a few key lessons from this LEED Platinum Home Click to Read More

    jennifer young

    Practicing Construction Waste Management

    Posted by on 11/21/11 at 11:11am

    We hired Greenstone Industries of San Antonio to manage the construction waste on one of our residential projects that received LEED Platinum certification last year. By doing so, we diverted 88% of construction waste from the landfill. The other amazing part is that this service cost a third less than a typical dumpster service which would have delivered 100% to the landfill. Greenstone built these recycle bins from old pallets to separate the different kinds of waste. Click to Read More

    Vicki Yuan

    The Project: Arizona State University Polytechnic Location: Mesa, Arizona Project Team: Andrew Herdeg, Chris Krajcer, Matt Wallace, Ted Flato, Steve Raike Click to Read More

    jennifer young

    Rainwater Harvesting 101

    Posted by on 11/18/11 at 02:00am

    Wondering how to integrate rainwater harvesting into a current or future project? Follow this link for a few tips from the folks at Lake Flato… RainwaterHarvesting101.pdf …stay tuned for a calculator that will help you figure all this out, as well as lessons learned on a residential system that uses rainwater for 100% of its potable water needs! Click to Read More

    Heather Gayle Holdridge

    That’s why it’s important to start the energy model early. We have developed a process for creating an early-stage energy model using very basic, conceptual information about a design. We call it an “energy snapshot.” The project manager fills out this spreadsheet about their project and sends it to me: Click to Read More

    Brantley Hightower

    Architecture May Be Cool…

    Posted by on 11/17/11 at 01:30am

    …but spaceflight is still much, much cooler. If you have any interest in making a career change to become an astronaut, NASA is hiring. Unfortunately you need a background in engineering so Heather is the only person in the office who would be eligible. Click to Read More


    Watercolors from the Island

    Posted by on 11/16/11 at 02:30pm

    I feel like sharing a few watercolor sketches from my recent travels to the island of Maui, Hawaii. For those who dont know, Maui is the second largest and second youngest in the string of islands of Hawaii with the island of Hawaii being the youngest, largest and with the most volcanic activity. This island is probably the most diverse ecosystem I have ever seen. Only about 50 miles long from tip to tip it has two volcanos with the dormant Halleakela Click to Read More

    John Byrd

    New Container Restaurant in River North

    Posted by on 11/9/11 at 12:01pm

    Have you heard about Andrew Weissman’s newest restaurant concept in River North??  It’s a restaurant made up of shipping containers on the bank on the San Antonio River.  A departure from the high-end eateries that Weissman is known for, the new restaurant will feature a casual, family-friendly atmosphere, an inexpensive menu and outdoor-only seating where patrons order drinks and food from the various cargo containers.  Get you Click to Read More