Monthly Archives: May, 2015

    Hayley Johnson

    B4B is back!

    Posted by on 5/29/15 at 12:54pm

    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


    Posted by on 5/28/15 at 08:35am

    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

    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

    Corey Squire

    Trail toward Transparency: the process

    Posted by on 5/21/15 at 11:20am

    Of the 20 imperatives of the Living Building Challenge, the two that we found to be most difficult were Red List and Appropriate Sourcing. Following up on our recent publication of the material matrix for the Josey Pavilion, here’s a look at how we tackled these two challenges. Click to Read More

    Cecelia Smith

    LF Welcomes Katie Cavazos

    Posted by on 5/19/15 at 04:57pm

    Katie Cavazos recently became part of our Lake|Flato family after trading the windy city of Chicago, Illinois for the recently rainy city of San Antonio, Texas. Click to Read More

    Cecelia Smith


    Posted by on 5/14/15 at 10:42am

    The San Antonio River Foundation Confluence Park provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the ecology of the South Texas region, demonstrate the value of our natural resources, and foster environmental stewardship in a traditionally underserved area adjoining the San Antonio River. With education as its core purpose, Confluence can be understood as an intricate teaching tool that will inspire people to become more involved with the river, practice environmental stewardship, and gain a greater understanding of Texas ecotypes. Click to Read More

    Corey Squire


    Posted by on 5/6/15 at 04:07pm

    Do you know what materials make up the building you’re currently occupying? Are these materials safe? In our foray into pursuing the Living Building Challenge (LBC) for the Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion, we gained new insight into building materials and their impact on human health and the environment. We are excited make our material matrix public and share what we have learned. Click to Read More

    Hayley Johnson

    As part of our goal to monitor energy use in every Lake | Flato project, we’ve outfitted another house with its own eMonitor.  These monitors test our ability to design energy efficient buildings, allow clients to control their energy consumption and give us the information we need to improve our practice. Throughout the design process we chose passive systems, insulation, glazing, lighting and HVAC systems using energy modelling software to predict energy use.  The performance of our projects is tested during post-occupancy; eMonitors provide us with up-to-the-minute data from every circuit in the building. Last week a team of LFers made a trip to Marble Falls where we worked with electricians to install the eMonitor hardware.  As construction is nearing completion, it’s a great time to begin tracking energy. The panel in the garage is seen before the installation (left) and after (right).  Current transformers (CTs) are clipped onto each circuit and run to the eMonitor, these components are hidden behind the panel.  The eMonitor uses a radio signal to communicate with the gateway, which is located outside the panel and sends data to a web account via the internet. The electrician sets up the eMonitor Click to Read More Click to Read More

    Heather Gayle Holdridge

    The Big Give S.A.

    Posted by on 5/5/15 at 01:50pm

    The Big Give S.A. is a 24-hour online giving event that will last until 11:59pm tonight.  It’s our day to celebrate San Antonio’s spirit of generosity and support the work of nonprofits.  The goal of the event is to introduce supporters to all of the wonderful charitable organizations located in South Central Texas. Please consider giving to Solar San Antonio and Build San Antonio Green, two local nonprofits that Lake|Flato has been deeply involved with for several years.   Click to Read More