We're thrilled to be participating in severla panels during this year's AIA Austin Design Excellence Conference! To register, click here. Please join us for the following sessions:
Hotel Magdalena: Legacy of Site, Mass Timber, and Culture – Thursday 8/19 | 1:15-2:25
Panelists: Sophia Razzaque (Lake|Flato), Melina Phillips (Lake|Flato), Chrisine Skaglund (Ten Eyck) & Erik Warkentin (StructureCraft)
Hotel Magdalena opened in the Fall of 2020 as the largest ground up property operated by Bunkhouse. It is also the first mass timber hotel in North America. Join us for a panel discussion from Lake|Flato Architects, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, and StructureCraft Builders to learn about the transformation of the site of the old Terrace Motor Hotel into Hotel Magdalena in the Heart of Austin’s South Congress District. The design, which was heavily influenced by Lake Flato’s ethos of aligning building performance goals with connecting to the outdoors, has also allowed this hotel to open during the pandemic.
The Holdsworth Center: A Sustainable Leadership Campus for Texas Public Education – Thursday 8/19 | 2:25-3:35
Panelists: Justin Garrison (Lake|Flato), Chris Krajcer (Lake|Flato), JP Casillas (Ten Eyck), Pauline Dow (Holdsworth)
The Holdsworth Center’s Campus on Lake Austin is a first-of-its kind facility for Texas’ public school districts designed to grow the skill, ingenuity and effectiveness of the professionals who educate the state’s 5.5 million students. It was built as a gift for hardworking educators who deserve world-class professional development opportunities that rival what CEOs and business executives experience. This session will consider how the mission of The Holdsworth Center grew to support an integrated approach to campus design that inspires environmental and communal thriving. In addition to sharing the history of the project’s realization, panelists will discuss how the campus planning, architectural and landscape design, and construction strategies came together to create a sustainable campus for transformative learning.
Integrating Research into Architectural Practice – Friday 8/20 | 10:40-12:15
Lake|Flato Panel: Ashley Grzywa, Anne Herndon, Kate Sector, Sam Rusek
Leveraging existing research, investigating new ideas, conducting post-occupancy evaluation and sharing lessons learned allows us to improve the design and performance of the built environment and promote occupant and environmental health. This course will offer tools for developing research strategies appropriate for your firm and workflow. Panelists will introduce a variety of research and partnership models by presenting examples that include postoccupancy evaluation of energy performance, literature reviews of existing urban greenway research and thermal comfort technology prototyping, among others. The session will discuss both process and application of findings to future projects, highlighting the importance of using research to inform professional practice.
Lessons from Post-Occupancy Energy Evaluation – Friday 8/20 | 1:15-2:25
Lake|Flato Panel: Kate Sector, Gus Starkey, Sam Rusek, Sunnie Diaz
Buildings operational energy makes up about 40% of the U.S.’s total energy usage and CO2 emissions. Post-occupancy energy monitoring and data collection is necessary for evaluating measurable energy performance, improving our designs, and creating future measurable goals to reduce our energy use and subsequent environmental impacts. Lake|Flato started its energy monitoring program in 2014. Since then, we have monitored 16 commercial and residential projects of a variety of scales. Lake|Flato has committed to sharing its progress through the 2030 commitment, which has the goal of achieving across the board net-zero operational energy portfolio by the year 2030. Through this process, we have learned a lot about our buildings, and building owners have saved thousands of dollars in energy costs. In this session we will introduce our energy monitoring process and major lessons learned regarding various energy categories such as HVAC, lighting, plug loads, and more. The session will follow with a panel of three case studies led by designers who will share their individual experience and lessons learned for a deeper dive into the post-occupancy evaluation process.