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Trail toward Transparency: the process

Of the 20 imperatives of the Living Building Challenge, the two that we found to be most difficult were Red List and Appropriate Sourcing. Following up on our recent publication of the material matrix for the Josey Pavilion , here’s a look at how we tackled these two challenges. Imperative 11: Red List The Red List contains 13 chemicals that should not exist in the built environment and are not permitted anywhere in a living building. Some chemicals on the list, Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and asbestos, were easy to avoid as they have been phased out of the material economy through regulation...
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LF Welcomes Katie Cavazos

Katie Cavazos recently became part of our Lake|Flato family after trading the windy city of Chicago, Illinois for the recently rainy city of San Antonio, Texas. Katie attended Illinois Institute of Technology, where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture and Minor in Landscape Architecture. With that combination, it is no wonder that Government Canyon Visitor Center is her favorite Lake|Flato project. Since her arrival at LF, Katie has been working on the design for the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Building at the Universities at Shady Grove campus in Rockville, Maryland. For...
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The San Antonio River Foundation Confluence Park provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the ecology of the South Texas region, demonstrate the value of our natural resources, and foster environmental stewardship in a traditionally underserved area adjoining the San Antonio River. With education as its core purpose, Confluence can be understood as an intricate teaching tool that will inspire people to become more involved with the river, practice environmental stewardship, and gain a greater understanding of Texas ecotypes. At every corner, visitors will find an opportunity to learn...
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Do you know what materials make up the building you’re currently occupying? Are these materials safe? In our foray into pursuing the Living Building Challenge (LBC) for the Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion, we gained new insight into building materials and their impact on human health and the environment. We are excited make our material matrix public and share what we have learned. LBC, the most advanced sustainable building certification program, is built on the philosophy that every act of design and construction should make the world a better place. An LBC-Certified building is...
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As part of our goal to monitor energy use in every Lake | Flato project, we've outfitted another house with its own eMonitor. These monitors test our ability to design energy efficient buildings, allow clients to control their energy consumption and give us the information we need to improve our practice. Throughout the design process we chose passive systems, insulation, glazing, lighting and HVAC systems using energy modelling software to predict energy use. The performance of our projects is tested during post-occupancy; eMonitors provide us with up-to-the-minute data from every circuit in...
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The Big Give S.A.

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.
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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! James Thoreen James hails from the turf of the Houston Rockets (we're hoping to convert him to a loyal Spurs fan, but we're giving it time). He spent some time in Austin where he received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. James' favorite Lake|Flato project is the Shangri La Botanical Gardens. When he is not working on the new Security Services...
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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...