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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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Schematic Design : The Universities at Shady Grove

Lake Flato's "Maryland Team" has recently completed Schematic Design for the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Building at the Universities at Shady Grove campus in Rockville, MD. We've been collaborating with Cooper Carry out of Atlanta, GA again for our second biomedical lab building (after Georgia Tech's Engineered Biomedical Building ). The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) is a unique consortium of public universities working to transform higher education through partnership and collaboration—connecting students and faculty from diverse backgrounds to the regional workforce...
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IDEA PUBLIC SCHOOLS HEADQUARTERS

For some at Lake|Flato, the end of 2014 meant wrapping up design documents for the new headquarters building for IDEA Public Schools located in Weslaco, Texas. We are very excited to break ground on construction over the next few weeks. IDEA Public Schools is a growing network of K-12 public charter schools. Initially started as an afterschool program in a church basement in Donna, Texas in 1998, IDEA has grown into a network of 36 schools serving over 20,000 students throughout the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, and Austin; with plans to double again by 2017. Through all of this growth,...
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LF 30: 2002 Hilltop Arboretum

In honor of Lake Flato’s thirtieth anniversary, the Thirty Projects x Thirty Years series has been developed to explore and celebrate the firm’s history and culture of design. Published weekly, the series will highlight one project per year, starting in 1984 and ending in 2014. The projects that have been selected will give you a snapshot of the firm’s evolution as well as provide a fun and insightful collection on then and now, and ultimately, who we are today. Michael Jackson receives the Artist of the Century award at the American music awards, while Eminem releases single 'Lose Yourself'...
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LF30: 2003 Dallas Arboretum

In honor of Lake Flato’s thirtieth anniversary, the Thirty Projects x Thirty Years series has been developed to explore and celebrate the firm’s history and culture of design. Published weekly, the series will highlight one project per year, starting in 1984 and ending in 2014. The projects that have been selected will give you a snapshot of the firm’s evolution as well as provide a fun and insightful collection on then and now, and ultimately, who we are today. 2003 was a big year for San Antonio sports and for Lake Flato. The Spurs won the NBA Championship again and the Lake Flato offices...
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Josey Pavilion: One Month down, so far so good.

The Josey Pavilion, our first project seeking Living Building Challenge certification, began its operational phase on October 1 st and things are looking good. During the month of October, Josey Consumed 139 kWh of electricity and generated 358 kWh. This is net positive usage of 219 kWh, meaning that 219 kWh of energy were sent back into the grid. Josey generated about 25% less energy than predicted, which is a little disconcerting but it also used less than half the energy that we had anticipated. A few more months like this and we should be in the clear. This is the second post of a twelve...
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LF30: 2001 BARTLIT RESIDENCE

In honor of Lake Flato’s thirtieth anniversary, the Thirty Projects x Thirty Years series has been developed to explore and celebrate the firm’s history and culture of design. Published weekly, the series will highlight one project per year, starting in 1984 and ending in 2014. The projects that have been selected will give you a snapshot of the firm’s evolution as well as provide a fun and insightful collection on then and now, and ultimately, who we are today. It is difficult to look back at 2001 and not feel consumed by the September 11 attacks and its massive impact on the world. In pop...
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LF:30 1999 Residence for Art

In honor of Lake Flato’s thirtieth anniversary, the Thirty Projects x Thirty Years series has been developed to explore and celebrate the firm’s history and culture of design. Published weekly, the series will highlight one project per year, starting in 1984 and ending in 2014. The projects that have been selected will give you a snapshot of the firm’s evolution as well as provide a fun and insightful collection on then and now, and ultimately, who we are today. In 1999 Lance Armstrong and Neo from the Matrix captured the nation's attention with stories of renewal. In addition, 1999 was a...
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Josey Pavilion, Future Living Building, Begins Operation Phase

Construction has finished, the air quality has been tested, and the monitoring systems are up and running. Today, The Josey Pavilion begins its one year operation phase to prove that it generates 100% of its energy and purifies 100% of its water. If all goes as designed, next year The Josey Pavilion will join the world’s most exclusive club of high performance buildings, Certified Living Building. This is the first post of a twelve 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 and well...
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a design-build weekend: dancehall roof raising

Last weekend, a team of LFers enjoyed getting their hands dirty in the great outdoors--we put a roof on a dance hall. And we have a time-lapse video to prove it (cast your vote for the carpenter)! The setting: Kickapoo Ranch, a beautiful property located a 2.5-hour drive west of San Antonio belonging to the Flato family. The mission: attach wood purlins and then corrugated metal roofing on the dance hall structure. This structure consists of a concrete slab and re-used steel oil pipe, which were fabricated and placed earlier this summer. (Note: dance hall was already tested and approved sans...

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