Sustainable Design & Community Development
“When we build, let us think we build forever.” John Ruskin's words inspire us to leave a legacy to future generations through the story of our places. In our communities, we all play a role in creating better places to live, work and play.
At Lucas Sustainable, we work at the crossroads of high-performance green architecture, sustainable planning, and historic preservation. Let us partner with you to build legacy in your home, neighborhood, or downtown. By becoming a little more conscious today, we can all build a better tomorrow.
Green architecture is the foundation of our work. It is healthy, efficient, resilient and leaves a lighter footprint on our world.
Our formula for high-performance green building and renovation synthesizes local building traditions, site context, climate, and occupant lifestyle, with life-cycle energy and maintenance requirements. Living in a green home can change your outlook on the surrounding world.
Sustainable planning comes through understanding and respecting the history of a place, before thoughtfully considering its future.
New or old, a vibrant communities should be authentic, cohesive and full of life. We love creating places that merge ecology with living and neighborhoods that put people into closer relationships with one another.
Sustainable design is not only for new construction; as a matter of fact, our greenest buildings are already built.
Historic properties are our towns' greatest assets. They are hallmarks of resilient design, and have great stories to tell. Adaptive reuse and energy efficiency retrofits can provide an excellent return on investment, and provide a new chapter in their story.
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Interested in learning more about sustainable design for your home, neighborhood, or downtown? Lucas Sustainable advises on select projects that create legacy for our next generation. With the right approach Green Architecture is something we can all enjoy today, through energy upgrades, green remodeling, or a new high-performance home. Outside the home, Sustainable Planning & Green Development begins at the neighborhood level, while in concert with smart community policy. Our downtown historic districts are especially important and Historic Preservation can restore their vitality. Please send us message from the Contact page, and subscribe to the blog to get the latest updates.
Working with Larry on Oklahoma City's first permitted container home posed several challenges. There were many unknowns from the outset, but Larry went the extra mile to research problems and develop solutions. He broadened my perspective on how to approach my project and offered up suggestions I could have never dreamed of otherwise. In the end, we both learned a lot and successfully created a very singular residence. In every way, I believe Larry's willingness to collaborate was crucial to making my vision a reality.
Josh McBee, Owner, www.HighcubeIndustries.com
I didn't realize how simple it would be going through Larry's office. He made everything painless and really listened to my vision and hopes before creating it on paper. He was attentive, timely, and wonderful to work with.
The plans drawn up by Larry blew us away. My father held on to reservations throughout the entire process thinking it might not be absolutely necessary to redesign the building. As soon as he saw Larry's plans, he was all in. We are thrilled and excited to see his design come to light.
I would recommend Larry to anyone in a historic Main Street district. I hope that this building renovation will be a powerful spark to encourage the rest of our beautiful downtown community!
Lauren Daigle | Phelps Law Office | Seminole, OK
I had just bought a cool old building and wanted to move my business to it and be on Route 66! With the architectural drawings that Larry has provided it has opened my eyes to what this bldg can be. It was fun working together on the design. We both shared our ideas and he took from there. If we didn't like something we could just change it and try something else. We both had the same feeling about keeping the integrity of bldg and keeping the vintage look as it was in 1918.
Get ready to be wowed! You'll learn things you didn't know, such as, color palates and how it complements the color of brick; correct kinds of windows and what types are energy efficient, and; what steps you have to take in order to qualify for historic tax credits and that process. Old buildings are different, so keep an open mind. There are people in the community who also have an interest in restoring your building like Larry Lucas and others. Thank you Larry!
Michael Jones, Owner | Gasoline Alley Classics, Inc.
I was most surprised by the detail in design but also in the information for the builder. The product used and the amount of product that would accurately be used…I would definitely recommend Larry’s services to anyone looking to open up a business downtown! Amazing work ethic, very personable, worked in a great time frame, and was awesome about setting time up to meet with us. Larry Lucas is a great guy with a great vision for helping businesses grow in downtown areas.
Nicholas W. Wilks, Owner |Erly Rush Coffeehouse