Austin, Texas

Program: A single-story, 30,000-square-foot headquarters for the Livestrong Foundation, with office space, meeting rooms, a courtyard, a gym, and a resource center for cancer patients. Located in East Austin, the facility is an adaptive reuse of a concrete tilt-up paper warehouse built in the 1950s.


Design concept and solution: Charged with designing an open-plan office for the foundation, the architects needed to convert what was essentially a big, uninsulated storage box into a workspace for people. They also faced the challenge of bringing daylight into the space, since lot-line and other restrictions prevented windows from being added to all but one side of the building. On the north end of the structure, Lake | Flato removed the middle portion of the exterior wall. To give the once-stark warehouse an inviting street presence, the firm added a landscaped entry court with a steel canopy, which overhangs a new glazed entrance recessed from the building edge. To bring northern light further into the building, the architects opened up a central section of the roof and inserted sawtooth clerestory windows. They remilled the leftover roof decking and, in homage to the building's former life, turned it into wood-plank office enclosures reminiscent of shipping crates. The crates—wood on three sides, glass on the front—are scattered in an ad-hoc arc around the entire office. The arc defines a circulation path through the space, like a main street stitching together the houses of a village.

Completion Date: March 2009

Livestrong Foundation


Livestrong Foundation

Lake | Flato Architects
311 Third St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
Tel: 210.227.3335
Fax: 210.224.9515

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Ted Flato, FAIA – Principal in Charge
Robert Harris, FAIA – Partner in Charge
Brandon Anderson, AIA, Tana Anderson, ASID, Matt Wallace, AIA, Ryan Jones, AIA, Todd Wascher, AIA, John Byrd, AIA, Heather Gayle Holdridge

Interior designer: Bommarito Group

Engineer(s): Architectural Engineering (Structural), Baker-Aiklen & Assoc (Civil)

Landscape: Ten Eyck Landscape Architects
Lighting: Brown Design Consultants
Other: Fd2S (Graphic Design), Dylan Siegler from CMPBS (LEED)

General contractor: Spaw-Maxwell

Photographer(s): Frank Ooms

Hester + Hardaway Photographers
(979) 966-3490 966-3490

Renderer(s): Lake | Flato Architects

CAD system, project management, or other software used: Revit



Exterior cladding

Metal/glass curtainwall: Clark Steel Framing Systems
Wood: Site Salvaged


Metal: Galvanized Metal and TPO
Other: TPO Membrane Roofing by GAS


Wood: Site Salvaged


Glass: SunGuard by Guardian
Skylights: Insulated-panel or plastic glazing: KalWall


Locksets: Stanley

Interior finishes

Demountable partitions: Metal Mesh by The Western Group
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Janov Millwork and Manufacturing Inc.
Acoustical Wall Treatments: Homasote Company
Paints and stains: Sherwin Williams

Paneling: Site Salvaged wood
Plastic laminate: Eggers Wood Laminate
Special surfacing: Floor and wall tile: InterfaceFLOR Carpet Tile


Office furniture: Knoll Autostrada
Chairs: Knoll, Keilhauer, Herman Miller, Coalesse
Tables: Custom Sustainable Tables and benches: Solidcore


Controls: Lutron Systems


include water fountains and water-saving fixtures as applicable: The Garten