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Two-stepping into Texas

Posted by on 8/14/13 at 04:49pm

Our newest interns are joining us just in time for Flake Lato this weekend, where they’ll get to know their fellow LFers really well and in a short amount of time. Here’s what we know about our newest recruits so far: Click to Read More

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Bat Tales

Posted by on 8/9/13 at 09:57am

Last weekend several of us had the unique opportunity to witness, as guests with EarthShare of Texas, the nightly feeding exodus of Mexican Freetail bats from their roost at Bracken Cave. Located just north of our home base in San Antonio, the cave is managed by Bat Conservation International, a wonderful group working to educate people and protect bats. Lake|Flato is a proud contributor to the EarthShare of Texas workplace giving program, which in turn benefits hundreds of local conservation efforts like BCI.  Click to Read More

Corey Squire

What happens when you drive a metal screw through an insulated wall? It is well known that the assembly U-Value will decrease due to thermal bridging, but over all, how much of an effect can one screw really have? Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

Austin Urban Apiary

Posted by on 8/5/13 at 07:17pm

Just this year, the W Hotel in Austin became home to its own urban apiary, or collection of beehives. The colonies, which are maintained by the non-profit Central Texas Bee Rescue, are located on the rooftop of the 39th floor where they are expected to produce 100-200 pounds of honey annually. Their hard work is already featured on the hotel’s food and drink menus as well as in the spa. Click to Read More

David Ericsson

Lessons from Zumthor

Posted by on 8/5/13 at 02:37pm

This past June I had the chance to visit three works completed by Peter Zumthor. Each building provided  insight into Zumthor’s care for construction and material,  choreographing sequence, and the design of the aperture. Below are lessons learned from each of these buildings. Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

The Seaholm Intake was once the pump house for the Seaholm Power Plant and now sits empty on the shores of Lady Bird Lake in Austin.  Our team’s entry Connect/Reveal/Clean envisions The Intake as a culturally vibrant, multi-functional space that encourages visitors to slow down, engage with the natural systems that flourish in Austin and experience the blurring between land and water; urban and natural.  Click to Read More

Greg Papay
Model X - Very Cool

For those who are unaware (no one who knows me, that’s for sure) our family bought a Tesla Model S about 7 months ago. It is a spectacular car, simply a better driving experience, a complete and transcendent shift in how a car operates and interacts with its clients. If you want a test drive, just ask me to lunch…however you’d better block out a few hours! Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

LEED Platinum in Leon Springs

Posted by on 7/30/13 at 09:49am

Last week our Leon Springs Residence was featured on Jetson Green, a website focusing on sustainable homes, natural materials, and green technology. The LEED Platinum home features many sustainable features namely a 17,000-gallon rainwater catchment system which meets 100% of the home’s potable water needs. Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

The next PechaKucha Night is coming soon to a theatre near you….the Josephine to be specific. It’s happening on Tuesday, August 27th, and you know the drill – come early for a good seat.  Little known Lake|Flato factoid: Our very own Robert Trinidad met his wife Cynthia at….the Josephine Theatre! Click to Read More

Matthew Wallace

On a recent Thursday afternoon David Lake’s filibuster on why Roger Federer is the best tennis player that has ever lived was pleasantly interrupted by the simple recognition of similar worn brown clogs.  Upon discussion it seems Cotton Estes (at left) and Matt Wallace (right) had obtained the shoes within the last decade while David (top) made his purchase during his glory days at UT in the 1930’s.   Click to Read More