[…] Lolalisa is an extremely diversified individual who has a rare gift of technical expertise and people skills, complemented with a clear understanding of finance and operational costs.  Her multi-tasking capabilities have proven remarkable on the construction site as well in the corporate environment.  She speaks regularly at various workshops and symposiums, some of which include the Piedmont Design & Construction Symposium, North Carolina Public Transportation Association annual conference, the Sustainability Symposium & Expo for Southeastern North Carolina at Brunswick Community College in Leland, the North Carolina State Construction Conference, COMTO and APTA.  She served as a moderator at the South West Transit Association annual conference and Mistress of Ceremonies at the UNC System Triad Outreach Event.  Lolalisa is a 2013 recipient of the Houston YMCA Minority Achiever Award. […read more]

[…] King, who has more than 30 years of architectural design experience and extensive knowledge of construction, has provided major contributions to many projects, including George Memorial Library, Barbara Jordan Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University, and, most recently, 21 million square feet of energy audits for Houston METRO. […read more]


Architect for Life has been nominated for the prestigious Emerging 10 (E-10) Award. This prestigious award recognizes Houston area minority business owners who have emerged successful after having faced challenges, overcome hurdles and many times done it without adequate financial resources.


AfL sponsors the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council’s 2014 Scholarship Golf Tournament at Blackhorse Country Club.

7 – 9 a.m.

Maximizing your time, growing your network at the Annual Meeting
September 29, 2013
Chicago, IL
Mid-level managers play vital roles in the transit industry. In addition to focusing on managerial and
operational needs of their organizations, these individuals also need to broaden their skills and professional network.
APTA is pleased to offer this session for mid-level managers who may be new to an APTA conference or new to the transit industry. Join us for an early morning breakfast meeting. Be welcomed by the industry’s top leaders. Hear from fellow members and staff about maximizing your time at APTA meetings, conference sessions, and networking events. Spend time with your peers addressing common challenges and exchanging best practices and solutions. Find out who else in the industry faces similar issues and what they are doing to fix them. Get some direction. Meet top executives. Broaden your network. Join us.
  • Steven J. Hamelin, vice chair, APTA Labor Relations Subcommittee, and director of operations and planning, Springfield Mass Transit District, Springfield, IL
Executive Leadership
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA
  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, 2012-2013 chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
  • Peter Varga, 2013-2014 chair, APTA, and chief executive officer, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI
Industry Speakers
  • Lolalisa DeCarlo King, AIA, NCARB, MBA, LEED-AP, and president, Architect for Life, PC, Houston, TX
  • Salvador Llamas, director of maintenance, AC Transit, Oakland, CA

Officials from Fort Bend County and the City of Houston gathered on November 20, 2012, to break ground on the new Senior Center located at 5525 Hobby Road, behind the Boys and Girls Club.

Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert and Precinct 2 Commissioner Grady Prestage officiated at the ceremonies. Officials from Fort Bend County Commissioners Court, Houston City Council Members Larry Green (K) and Wanda Adams (D), and numerous other community leaders and interested citizens were also on hand to celebrate the start of construction.

Located in a portion of Fort Bend County that is within the Houston city limits, the Center is an example of collaboration between the county and the City of Houston formed by leadership in both areas.  Funding for this community project is jointly provided by Fort Bend County and federal funds secured through the City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department.  The City of Houston Health Department will provide health and wellness services and Fort Bend HHS will manage the day to day operations. The Center will also include: an auditorium, a fitness center, an Internet Wi-Fi Café and mini-library.

This facility is a symbol of progress, growth and concern among city and county leadership for the area’s aging population and is scheduled to open its doors in the summer of 2013. “We have worked on his project for 4 years and we are very excited that it will finally become a reality”, said Commissioner Prestage.               

You are cordially invited to attend a

Groundbreaking Ceremony

For the

Fort Bend Senior Center

5525 Hobby Road, Houston TX

Next to the Boys & Girls Club

Tuesday November 20, 2012

 9:30 a.m.

R.S.V.P. to Christopher Harvey @ 832.586.5335 or

 A Joint Project with the City of Houston

Washington, DC – (Oct. 24, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) issued a statement:
USGBC is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to sustainable building design and construction. Its mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.
“The LEED program has been built from the ground up by hundreds of thousands of volunteers and is the catalyst for fundamentally changing the way we think about designing, constructing and operating buildings in the United States and across the globe,” said Rick Fedrizzi, founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council and the organization’s current President and CEO. “Green buildings save energy, water and precious resources, reduce waste and carbon emissions, create jobs, save money, drive innovation and provide healthier, more comfortable spaces to live, work and learn.”
The LEED green building program has spurred explosive growth in energy-efficient buildings, which has supported almost eight million jobs across all 50 states and contributes $554 billion to the U.S. economy annually. Today, more than 9 billion square feet of building space is participating in LEED. While LEED has propelled transformation in the building market, it cannot be stagnant and must be constantly updated. The LEED program was built in a way that ensures it undergoes a rigorous cycle of continuous improvement and evolution. USGBC is currently in this process now and taking the next big step forward with the next version of LEED.
“LEED is not and never will be a tool for mandatory regulation; it is a voluntary, market-based green building program. Many of the green building strategies the USA Today article is critical of are the very things that have brought thousands of large commercial real estate builders, owners, and operators into the green building discussion, resulting in millions saved and thousands of better buildings across the world. The costs of individual LEED credits are irrelevant because the market learns to deliver green buildings at little to no added cost,” added Fedrizzi.
LEED isn’t perfect, but it is always improving. The program is developed by technical committees of the highest caliber and any changes to LEED are commented on by the public and must be approved through a democratic ballot process open to all USGBC members.
“USGBC is proud that these measures that were once deemed exceptional are now industry standard,” concluded Fedrizzi, “That is why we keep raising the bar. We may be the only organization that has created a program that when the market really starts to like it, we make it harder and more difficult to use. We develop LEED using a consensus-driven process, and while the rate of change may not be fast enough for some who would like to see more requirements that process allows us to work with the building industry to find the sweet spot that ultimately becomes the LEED rating system. We think we will have more success with the industry’s help than without it.”
USGBC is currently in development of LEED v4, the fourth version of LEED, which is currently in fifth public comment. To view the drafts of LEED v4 visit
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) 
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
LEED Green Building Program 
LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. More than 49,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising 9.1 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 130 countries. In addition, more than 24,000 residential units have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with more than 87,000 more homes registered.
By using less energy, LEED-certified spaces save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. Learn more at

On October 12, 2012, Goler Community Development Corporation, in partnership with the Piedmont Contractor’s Resource Center (PCRC) conducted the 4th Annual Piedmont Construction and Design Symposium. The theme of the 2012 Symposium was “Gaining Entry into Health Care and Science Construction”. The 2012 Symposium was held at Wake Forest Biotech Place located in downtown Winston-Salem’s Piedmont Triad Research Park. The event’s proceeds support the Piedmont Contractors Resource Center (PCRC).  AfL President moderated at the symposium.