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Brantley Hightower

The Architecture of the CCC

Posted by on 8/20/12 at 11:19am

So Sammy and I went on a little father/daughter hike over the weekend to Palmetto State Park. Located about an hour east of San Antonio, the park has a swampy, prehistoric quality that is most unusual for central Texas. It also contains a number of structures build by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. As Jonathan identified in an earlier post, these buildings are great on many levels. Click to Read More

jennifer young

ABC (American Bird Conservancy) director Dr. Christine Sheppard talked recently on NPR about her research on how birds see…or don’t see the glass in buildings. Sheppard says birds don’t see the way we do. “Reflection is definitely a problem,” she explains. Most birds don’t have good depth perception beyond their beaks — they have to get relatively close to an object to see much detail or distinguish it from background. Reflections in glass can make it seem as if there’s no building there — just more sky, clouds and trees. Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

East Texas Inspiration

Posted by on 8/17/12 at 08:30am

Cameron and I recently traveled behind the pine curtain and into East Texas… top to bottom: Tyler State Park Bathhouse; Ruby’s Hat Outlet in Corsicana; CCC built trail Tyler State Park; CCC wall Tyler State Park; bathhouse wall Tyler State Park Click to Read More

Corey Leamon

New Accomplishments in the Office

Posted by on 8/16/12 at 10:12am

Cameron Smith and Erica Goranson have some great news! They have both added a few letters to the end of their name. Cameron passed her LEED exam and is now accredited for LEED AP BD+C. And, Erica passed her exam to become a licensed architect. Congratulations, Lake|Flatonians! Click to Read More

Mindy Gudzinski

AIA Boot Skoot’n Boogie

Posted by on 8/13/12 at 11:30am

Early last Friday morning a few LF gals loaded up their grill, with brisket and homemade Barracho Beans in tow to the San Antonio National Shooting Complex to enter the AIA Brisket Grilling competition.  They were joined later on in the afternoon by a group of LF guys taking part in the Skeet Shooting portion of the competition!  Thanks to our fellow LFers who showed up to support us and enjoy a tasty meal!  Click to Read More

Grace Boudewyns

Hotel San Jose A 1930s motor hotel in an eclectic district of South Austin was transformed from low-rent lodging to a hip, modern destination. Rooms in the existing three buildings were restructured, and a new 16-room building was added in the former parking lot to create a central courtyard. This communal outdoor space serves as an outdoor lobby, lounge and Click to Read More

jennifer young

A new report prepared by Perkins and Will compiles information on building materials that may cause or aggravate asthma. This is really important stuff. Check out the report here. “There is no doubt that the environments in which we all live, learn, work, and play are changing and affecting our health” ~Floyd J. Malveaux, M.D., Ph.D. Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

Pecha Kucha San Antonio, Volume 7

Posted by on 8/8/12 at 01:09am

The next PechaKucha is coming up – come early to get a good seat!! Click to Read More

Corey Leamon

New Interns Can’t Believe They Match

Posted by on 8/7/12 at 02:30pm

Say hello to our newest interns, Oliver Adamson and Patrick Burnham! Patrick graduated from the University of Houston in Texas where he grew up. Apparently indecisive, his favorite Lake|Flato project is “all of them” but he is destined to be “the” Georgia Tech intern. Furniture-making and cooking are two great skills of his – you are Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

Lake|Flato Goes Solar

Posted by on 8/2/12 at 03:06am

Big news — A 10.2 kW photovoltaic array will be installed on the roof of our office within the next week! The PV panels will be installed in a 30′ x 34′ area on the garage roof, where the solar resource is greatest. The CPS Energy rebates and federal tax credit for the array made the payback really speedy. In addition to a great payback equation, the array will bolster our efforts to earn LEED EBOM certification for the office and will be a great opportunity for us to all learn more about how this technology works and performs. Click to Read More