Lake/Flato Architects, Inc.
311 Third St
San Antonio, TX 78205
Service area: 200 miles
For 25 years, Lake|Flato Architects has employed sustainable design strategies to create national award-winning buildings.
As stewards of the natural environment and their client’s resources, we believe sustainability should be integrated into every project. Lake|Flato designed the first LEED Platinum certified project for new construction in Texas, Indiana’s first LEED Gold for new construction, the LEED Gold certified School of Nursing in Houston, the LEED Gold certified Arizona State Polytechnic Campus in Mesa and the LEED Gold certified Lance Armstrong Foundation and the LEED Gold certified AT&T Executive Education and Conferenc Center, both in Austin, Texas. In addition, we have ten LEED registered projects in five states—five have a certification goal of Silver, two with a certification goal of Gold and three with a certification goal of Platinum, two of which are residential projects.
Lake|Flato has won four National AIA COTE Top Ten Projects, two of which were in the same year. These two projects—the World Birding Center for Texas Parks & Wildlife in the Rio Grande Valley and the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston—demonstrate our commitment to and achievement in sustainable design for markedly different building types. A third project—the Government Canyon Visitor Center—was selected as a 2007 Top Ten Green Project, and a fourth, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange, Texas in 2009.
Lake|Flato is a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and a founding member of the Balcones Chapter in Central Texas. Lake|Flato is committed to developing and maintaining sustainable design expertise within our professional staff. Robert Harris, FAIA, LEED AP, is the firm’s sustainability leader. He is the South Central Regional Director on the national USGBC Board and was a founding director of the USGBC Balcones Chapter in Central Texas. He is actively involved in a number of sustainable and environmental organizations ranging from the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment to the Trust for Public Land. Heather Holdridge, LEED AP, the firm’s sustainability coordinator, is tasked with assisting Lake|Flato project teams with their goals of sustainability by establishing methods and systems to strategize sustainability in the beginning of projects and finding methods to realize goals through the design process. Bob and Heather are supported by an additional 10 LEED accredited professionals within the firm.