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AIA COTE Top Ten Winners Announced

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!
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Field Report: Indian Springs School

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. Construction for Phase 1 started in September 2014. Three new classroom...
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Field Report: Austin Central Library

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. Here are a few fun facts: Square Feet of Library: 240,000 Acres of Carpet: 4 Size of Revit Model in Megabytes: 389.3...
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LEED Makes Nice with Living Building Challenge

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 .
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We recently welcomed a new member to the office. Hayley Johnson, LF’s new sustainability intern, hails from London, Ontario. During her time in Canada, she earned her Bachelor of Environmental Design from Dalhousie University. Hayley’s favorite LF project is the Shangri La Botanical Garden Nature Center, which preserves more than 250 acres of cypress/tupelo swamp and wooded uplands. When she’s not working on all things sustainability, Hayley enjoys camping, paddling, knitting, and just crafting anything else she decides to try. Her secret talent is that she can juggle knives. We'd love for...
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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. Steel destined for the Austin Central Library. The nearly complete 40 foot long architecturally exposed structural steel bridge. In a few short months it will be craned...
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Josey Pavilion, Through the winter

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. Since the last update in...
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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. Justin Ford is from Fountain Hills, AZ and attended the University of Texas in Austin to earn his Masters of Architecture. He will be jumping into the housing studio to work on Granby Ranch. One of his favorite LF projects is our own home sweet office, 311 Third Street. Along with the proverbial love of sketching shared by many in the office, Justin enjoys short story anthologies, and playing fingerstyle acoustic guitar. David Archer, a University of...
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The Interns Take on Government Canyon

Taking advantage of the 70 degree weather in January, the intern crew decided to take a trip to Government Canyon and check out a classic Lake|Flato visitor center as well as some prehistoric dinosaur foot prints. It is always fun to see Lake|Flato's work first hand and the visitor center at Government Canyon was a great place for the new interns to start. Sustainability was a key driver in the design with its recycled oil field pipe structure and rainwater collection from the screen porch's diagonal butterfly roof. Corbin was fascinated with the various floor textures, both of the visitor...
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It has been a very busy start to 2015 here at Lake | Flato. With many great projects on the horizon, we have assembled a veritable intern army of talented, interesting, fun folks to help keep things running smoothly. Corbin Lomas, Kaitlyn Labrecque, and Kelly Weckman Corbin Lomas, a native San Antonian, has his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Texas Tech. SK Ranch is his favorite project, and he will be working on IDEA School and the Hays Hotel. Corbin is not only one of our rare San Antonio natives, he is also a thirteenth generation dweller of what he calls “210, the countdown city...