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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...
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Say hello to the newest member of our team, Dorothy. Coming in at over 7 feet tall, she is a hard worker who really puts her head to the wind in everything does. Dorothy is energized on sunny days, and lets everybody know when it is raining. Named after the iconic robot from the movie Twister , Dorothy is our new weather station. The unit remotely logs weather data that can be viewed and analyzed using HOBOware software. Powered by solar, the device can report a comprehensive list of climate information, including temperature, relative humidity, dew point, and wind speed (as well as direction...
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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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Why Workers are Demanding Healthy Offices

A recent article in The Guardian cites several studies on sustainable offices and why workers are demanding healthy work environments.
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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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Eric Bowman, our new Digital Design Manager joined us right before Christmas, an early present for many Revit users here at the office. While many of us were fooled at Halloween (see Rob’s costume below) the search for a BIM guru ended right before the holidays. Rob, dressed as a BIM manager. Halloween is confusing for everyone. Originally from Westport Connecticut, Eric has also lived and worked in NYC, Hartford CT, Dallas, then Austin, before landing in San Antonio. Eric received his B. Arch from City University of New York, but began his career working as an audio\recording engineer in the...
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Study: Bike Commuters are Happiest

Lake|Flato has a very high percentage of employees who commute daily by bicycle. This study has some great information on how that impacts our happiness and well-being. Via (brought to me via Rand Pinson ): "Commuters who bike to work are the most satisfied with their morning travel, according to a new study by Portland State Urban Studies Planning Graduate School. The study concludes that commuters who walk to work were almost as happy as cyclists, the least happy being solo drivers. Considering that 76.6% of Americans drive alone to work, the findings should resonate with...
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Professional. Responsible. Pleasant. Thoughtful. Poised. At every turn, Ana has been a joy to know and work with during her time here at LF. I am thankful for the many ways she contributed to our projects and – importantly for me – my family. All the Rickels girls will miss her dearly and look forward to a hopeful return to San Antonio upon graduation! - Brandi Rickels Secretly the IDEA Public Schools Headquarters Building and the Texas Military Institute teams wished we could have cloned Ana during her time here. She quickly proved herself invaluable to both teams, and over the last six...