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Practicing Construction Waste Management

We hired Greenstone Industries of San Antonio to manage the construction waste on one of our residential projects that received LEED Platinum certification last year. By doing so, we diverted 88% of construction waste from the landfill. The other amazing part is that this service cost a third less than a typical dumpster service which would have delivered 100% to the landfill. Greenstone built these recycle bins from old pallets to separate the different kinds of waste.
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Better Know an LF Project: ASU Polytechnic Campus

The Project: Arizona State University Polytechnic Location: Mesa, Arizona Project Team: Andrew Herdeg , Chris Krajcer, Matt Wallace, Ted Flato, Steve Raike ANSWERS BY MATT WALLACE Job Origin: RFQ + Shortlist + Interview Completion Date: August 2008 Program: ASU Polytechnic is a 250,000 sq. ft. facility located on a decommissioned Air Force base that provided classrooms, science teaching laboratories, arts studios, a black-box theater, conference facilities, faculty/administrative offices, and a significant complement of landscapes, gardens, and informal learning spaces. Cost: $61 million (...
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Rainwater Harvesting 101

Wondering how to integrate rainwater harvesting into a current or future project? Follow this link for a few tips from the folks at Lake Flato... RainwaterHarvesting101.pdf ...stay tuned for a calculator that will help you figure all this out, as well as lessons learned on a residential system that uses rainwater for 100% of its potable water needs!
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The BIg Mistakes Happen on the First Day

That's why it's important to start the energy model early. We have developed a process for creating an early-stage energy model using very basic, conceptual information about a design. We call it an "energy snapshot." The project manager fills out this spreadsheet about their project and sends it to me: I input this information into an energy simulation tool such as REM Rate (residential) or eQUEST (commercial) along with some reasonable assumptions based on building systems our firm typically utilizes and a few minutes later . . . An energy model is born. This model will be refined...
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Architecture May Be Cool...

...but spaceflight is still much, much cooler. If you have any interest in making a career change to become an astronaut, NASA is hiring . Unfortunately you need a background in engineering so Heather is the only person in the office who would be eligible. The launch of STS-134, the closest the author will probably ever come to flying into space.
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Watercolors from the Island

I feel like sharing a few watercolor sketches from my recent travels to the island of Maui, Hawaii. For those who dont know, Maui is the second largest and second youngest in the string of islands of Hawaii with the island of Hawaii being the youngest, largest and with the most volcanic activity. This island is probably the most diverse ecosystem I have ever seen. Only about 50 miles long from tip to tip it has two volcanos with the dormant Halleakela being the largest at 10,023 feet. Measured from the seafloor it stands close to 30,000 feet making it one of the largest single mountains on...
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New Container Restaurant in River North

Have you heard about Andrew Weissman’s newest restaurant concept in River North?? It's a restaurant made up of shipping containers on the bank on the San Antonio River. A departure from the high-end eateries that Weissman is known for, the new restaurant will feature a casual, family-friendly atmosphere, an inexpensive menu and outdoor-only seating where patrons order drinks and food from the various cargo containers. Get you best hipster outfit together because the restaurant is only weeks away from opening! Read more here in mysanantonio!
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Walk and Roll Champions

Lake|Flato participated in AACOG's Walk & Roll Challenge again this year. During September and October, the last two months of the "ozone season” when air pollution tends to be the worst in the San Antonio area, teams collectively recorded more than 167,000 walking, biking, busing, or carpooling trips that saved over 2.8 million vehicle miles traveled and kept nearly 4.5 tons of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (the components of ozone or “smog”). Lake|Flato won 2nd place for the small organization category and will be recognized at an awards ceremony next month. Thanks to...
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Craft Call: Garza Design+Build

"My admiration for Jamey Garza's many talents goes back to the many, many, walk throughs we did together with Liz and Fletcher while planning the rooms at the Hotel San Jose. It was exhausting work but, we made it fun. With Liz and Fletcher's constant prodding we must have covered every possible furnishing configuration. While our pursuit of a particular balance and comfort lead us down many divergent paths Jamey's careful eye and attention to detail lead to a set of elegantly constructed pieces of wood and steel that highlighted the nature of materials and the careful hand of a true...
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Digital Pin-Up: Epoch Winery

Epoch Wines recently acquired a historic property in Templeton, CA as the location for their new hospitality center and production facility. The York Mountain Winery has a long and storied history in the region, and particular significance for the owners of Epoch. Our scheme brings new life to the original earthquake-damaged winery as the new tasting room. A full reconstruction celebrates the original timber and masonry structure while introducing a new roof system to streamline the massing. The design aims to maintain the spirit of an agrarian structure that is subservient to the landscape...