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Located within walking distance of the DePauw Campus, the Prindle Institute of Ethics lies within the 500-acre DePauw University Nature Park, situated above an abandoned limestone quarry.  The Institute’s facilities, positioned around a central courtyard, include conference rooms, an auditorium, a library, dining rooms, and guest suites capable of hosting visiting scholars.  The central courtyard not only serves as a visual connection for the building’s users, but also provides views to the natural environment  for public spaces within the building. Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

The banishing of the bag

Posted by on 7/16/13 at 09:41pm
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On March 1st of this year the Austin joined the growing list of cities around the world banning plastic shopping bags. Our northern neighbor has many in San Antonio thinking it’s time for us to follow suit. It is estimated that 100 billion plastic shopping bags are used in the U.S. each year which is just over 310 per person per year according to the Worldwatch Institute. This many bags require about 12 million barrels of oil. They are also a huge source of litter especially in coastal areas where marine life can mistake the bags for food and suffocate. Click to Read More

Corey Squire

LEED AP Accreditation Challenge

Posted by on 7/9/13 at 01:44pm
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Last week the USGBC voted to approve the new LEED v4 rating system and with it, new LEED AP accreditation Exams. We don’t know how much longer the current LEED 2009 exams will be available and this uncertainty has generated a lot of interest to earning credentials before the switch to LEED v4. Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

north texas sustainable showcase

Posted by on 7/8/13 at 01:18pm

We at Lake|Flato are proud to announce that our very own Bob Harris, FAIA and LEED Fellow, will be the keynote speaker at the North Texas Sustainable Showcase in Dallas this Thursday, July 11th. The event will focus on the importance of indoor air quality which has major impacts on occupant comfort, productivity, and health. While we often hear about outdoor air pollution (which is still very important of course), the conversation on indoor air pollution is just beginning to pick up speed which is critical because Americans spend, on average, 90% of their time in buildings ( Click to Read More


Summer Newbies

Posted by on 7/3/13 at 01:20pm

We are pleased to introduce four new L|Fer’s who come to us from across the country. Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

Wednesday July 10th, winners will be announced for the San Antonio Low-Impact Development Design Competition with an awards dinner at the Pearl Stable. This competition, hosted by the San Antonio Land/Water Sustainability Forum, serves to draw attention to low-impact development solutions in our hometown, where the population is expected to double by 2050. Click to Read More

Seema Kairam

Destination: Lake Flato

Posted by on 6/28/13 at 08:59am

There is always some portion of my brain that is constantly spinning, trying to find opportunities for a good road trip. So after I accepted the job at Lake|Flato, my first thought was, which route are we going to drive?  Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

On August 1st AIA San Antonio will be presenting the 3rd Annual Sustainable Urban Development Luncheon. Chaired by Lake|Flato’s own Tenna Florian at Lake|Flato’s own Briscoe Western Art Museum. The subject of the luncheon will be Architecture 2030: The Rise of 2030 Districts. Click to Read More


Better Know an LF’er: Corey Leamon

Posted by on 6/21/13 at 08:30am

Corey Baby  by David Lake (Loosely inspired by Sherry, The Four Seasons) Click to Read More

Oklahoma’s May Tornadoes

Posted by on 6/20/13 at 01:38pm
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I recently took a trip home and visited some of the sites that were devastated by May’s round of tornadoes. The most talked about tornado struck Moore May 20th, moving about 200 miles per hour and spanning 1.3 miles wide.  The day before, a tornado touched ground in Shawnee.  May 30th and 31st experienced another round of tornadoes which hit Broken Arrow, El Reno and Oklahoma City.  The El Reno tornado was moving at 300 miles per hour and was 2.6 miles wide – the widest tornado recorded in U.S. history. It is a surreal experience to walk around the aftermath of these huge storms.  The disaster has lead to heated discussions about how to make sure affordable storm shelters can be available to residents.  There is currently a 6 month backlog for storm shelters in Oklahoma (which start around $2,500). If you would like to help the cleanup/recovery effort, the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, AmeriCares, Operation USA and Feed the Children have all been working hard to help our friends in Oklahoma.     Click to Read More