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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

Cecelia Smith

MEET NEW LF’ERS JAMES, RYAN & COLIN

Posted by on 4/29/15 at 08:15am

We’re rapidly adding to our LF family. Three new LF’ers arrived from around the country mid Spring and arrived in the office right in time to help us celebrate Fiesta in San Antonio. Welcome James, Ryan and Colin! Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

The American Institute of Architects have selected the Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Projects for 2015.  These buildings are the top ten (plus one legacy project) examples of sustainable design projects in North America.  The COTE Top Ten Awards program, now in its 19th year, is the profession’s most rigorous recognition program for sustainable design excellence. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.  We are very excited to see that two of the winning projects are right here in San Antonio, Texas! Click to Read More

Brandi Rickels

Field Report: Indian Springs School

Posted by on 4/22/15 at 10:24am

Located on 350 acres in the wooded hills south of Birmingham, Alabama, the Indian Springs School is an independent day and boarding school serving grades 8-12. In 2012, the school engaged Lake|Flato and local architect, ArchitectureWorks, in a master planning effort to transform and invigorate the campus originally designed by the Olmstead Brothers in 1950. The master plan includes new structures for Classrooms, Visual Arts, a Dining Hall, and Administration that are part of a three phase “Springs Eternal” campaign. Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

Field Report: Austin Central Library

Posted by on 4/20/15 at 04:07pm

The office visited the Austin Central Library construction site on Friday as part of our ongoing Know|How series. We were able take a look at the exposed concrete and steel structure as well as experience ‘Austin’s new living room’ the large atrium space at the heart of the building.  As of Friday the concrete superstructure is in place and the steel roof structure is going up. The large 125’ long main roof trusses are slated to be craned into place in the next week or so. Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

The U.S. Green Building Council will now recognize energy and water requirements from the Living Building Challenge green building system within the LEED green building program.  USGBC says it shares common goals with the International Living Future Institute, developers of the Living Building Challenge. This move means that projects achieving the energy and water requirements in Living Building Challenge will be considered as technically equivalent to LEED.  You can read more about this news in USGBC’s press release. Click to Read More

Cecelia Smith

BETTER KNOW AN LF’ER: HAYLEY JOHNSON

Posted by on 3/24/15 at 05:18pm

We recently welcomed a new member to the office. Hayley Johnson, LF’s new sustainability intern, hails from London, Ontario. Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

While Supermétal may sound like an arena rock band they are actually a Quebec based specialty structural steel contractor working on the Austin Central Library. Earlier this month I took a trip to visit Supermétal’s Rock Hill South Carolina Plant to review one of the steel bridges for the library being constructed in the shop. I enjoy seeing how items we design are expertly crafted, and Supermétal’s shop did not disappoint. Click to Read More

Corey Squire

Josey Pavilion, Through the winter

Posted by on 2/6/15 at 11:12am

The Josey miniseries is back and better than before with re-branded sustainability graphics! At Lake Flato, we are pushing forward with our efforts to visually display the graphs and data of the sustainability world and after a month hiatus, here they are. This is the fourth and fith post of a thirteen post series on the process of obtaining Living Building Status. Each month over the next year, we will be posting an update on our water and energy usage as well as an overview on how we achieved each of the 20 imperatives mandated by The Living Building Challenge. Click to Read More

Casey Nelson

BETTER KNOW AN LF’ER: JUSTIN AND DAVID

Posted by on 1/30/15 at 09:21am

We are also very happy to welcome David and Justin who have migrated south to San Antonio to join the office as our newest design staff members. Click to Read More