Monarch School – Houston, Texas

The Monarch School is dedicated to providing an innovative, therapeutic education for individuals with neurological differences—such as those associated with autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities,mood and anxiety disorders and traumatic brain injury. ARC provided a master plan for the campus which includes two new buildings, five studio classrooms and both structured and unstructured play and gathering areas. Special attention was paid to the needs of these children for a calming, easily navigable and nature oriented environment. Butterfly gardens are provided at the front entrances to the three buildings. The first studio classroom to be built is adhering to the “Living...
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Lone Star Conroe Campus

Asakura Robinson Company provided landscape architectural services for the new Northside Center  Lone Star College campus located in Conroe. In acknowledgement of Lone Star’s commitment to sustainability, the 15-acre site features a variety of stormwater best management practices. Naturalized meandering dry streambeds surround the building to direct stormwater runoff to a collection point for underground stormwater harvesting. The rainwater is stored in a tank beneath the parking lot, and is re-used in the campus’s irrigation system. The detention pond was carefully designed to serve as an attractve, useful amenity.  The side slopes of the detention pond are heavily planted with...
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Lone Star Victory Center

Asakura Robinson Company provided landscape architectural services for the new Victory Center Lone Star College campus. The 17-acre site features $1.3 million in site improvements, designed to enhance the campus’s setting as a community feature. The detention pond was carefully designed to serve as an attractive, useful amenity. A fountain and circulating pump will maintain the water level, allowing a normally-dry detention pond to also serve as a permanent water feature.  One side of the detention pond features grassy steps that can be used as an ‘amphitheater’ setting for outdoor classes or group gatherings. The opposite side of the pond...
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Lone Star Vet Tech Building

The Veterinary Technology Building (Vet Tech) is a 20,000-square-foot addition to the existing Veterinary program. The building complements the existing Large Animal Facility in a rustic setting on the west side of the Tomball campus. Asakura Robinson Company’s landscape concept for the Vet Tech building utilizes landscape areas as both temporary detention for stormwater runoff and also as a gathering space for students. The shallow depressed areas have stepped edges to allow students to sit outside under the canopy of Cypress trees. Native vegetation, such as moisture-loving native grasses, are planted inside the detention areas to reduce mowing maintenance, increase...
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Lone Star Atascocita

Asakura Robinson Company provided landscape architectural services for the new Lone Star College campus located in Atascocita. The 13-acre site features a variety of stormwater best management practices. Meandering dry streambeds surround the building to direct stormwater runoff through an attractive naturalized system rather than traditional pipes and inlets. The parking lot features several bioswales located within medians, which utilize plant material and engineered soil media to cleanse stormwater and remove pollutants.  The project also features an outdoor patio with permeable pavers, which allow rainwater to infiltrate into the ground.  The project’s total landscape architecture site improvements budget was approximately...
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Laredo Community College

This expansion campus, completed in 2003, was built to service the growing community college system in Laredo. The outdoor plaza provides a communal space to accommodate gatherings and outdoor learning while shade-trees also encourage interaction outdoors. The plaza’s bell tower creates a clearly defined campus entry while the vehicular roadway that loops around campus offers several points of access while restricting automobile flow within the central campus ensuring a pedestrian-friendly environment. The most important landscape architectural issue for LCC was to provide water conservation planting and an irrigation system that work well with the existing maintenance procedures. View project sheet here....
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Horn Elementary School – HISD

The landscape master plan for Horn Elementary creates a living outdoor laboratory for learning and exploration. As part of the LEED landscape strategy, bioswales are provided to collect, cleanse, and infiltrate stormwater runoff. These natural systems will be incorporated into the science curriculum for studies on plant species, life cycles, water quality, and habitat. Raised vegetable garden beds will allow each classroom to grow food and implement science experiments, as well as promote healthy eating. A nearby rainwater harvesting tank will collect runoff from the building roof and irrigate the vegetable beds, reducing the potable water use on campus. Several different planting areas, such as reforestation beds,...
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Sterling Plaza Renovation – Texas Southern University

Through a Job Order Contract with Texas Southern University, Asakura Robinson Company was awarded the fast-track renovation of the 25,000 SF Student Center entry, Sterling Plaza, dangerously near collapse and in need of immediate attention. Within one week, ARC had coordinated with the engineer and arborist, collaborating feedback on the specialty engineering and tree preservation that ensured project success. ARC quickly provided the University with an engineer’s assessment, a concept plan, a project outline and a cost estimate for demolition and renovation of this critical area. Design commenced on an expedited schedule but, interrupted by Hurricane Ike, construction concluded shortly after the initial goal date. View project sheet here...
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St. James Nature Playscape

Asakura Robinson Company was engaged by Weatherford and Core Real Estate to create a nature-based playground for the Bright Horizon daycare part of the newly renovated Weatherford Houston location. Unlike typical playgrounds which commonly feature large composites of plastic play structures that only engage children in physical play, ARC advocates nature playscapes which incorporate natural elements in order to facilitate healthy child development and encourage growth in a wide range of skills. Nature playscapes are always growing and changing season after season which provides children with new opportunities for play and keeps them interested. Stepping stumps of different heights, natural balance beams, and a lumber bridge...
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University of Houston “Cullen Green”

As part of the University of Houston’s “Framework” master plan, Asakura Robinson Company worked with W.O. Neuhaus Architects to redesign the Cullen Green area of the urban campus. Featuring the closure of Cullen Boulevard to traffic, the concept demonstrates a truly pedestrian environment which will be created throughout the inner campus creating diverse outdoor opportunities for students, faculty and visitors. The campus will become integrated with the surrounding Third Ward neighborhood, with pedestrian / bicyclist connectivity and a “park-like feel” becoming the focus. View project sheet here...
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Chinese Community Center Nature Playscape

Asakura Robinson provided landscape architectural services from schematic design through construction observation for the nature-based playscape at Chinese Community Center Childcare, which was completed in early Summer 2010. Through a donation by the Yao Ming Foundation, CCCC was selected to receive nature-based playscape improvements at their existing facility. A design charette with community members, teachers, and parents led to the design of an enlarged, much-improved playscape that allows children to engage in creative free play with the use of natural materials. Vine-covered tepees, raingardens, and grassy hills provide a welcoming setting for the preschoolers to expolore. The “peek-a-boo paintwall” serves dual purposes as a separator of the different...
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Carnegie Vanguard High School

Carnegie High School is the only Vanguard Program high school in Houston ISD. Carnegie, housing around 600 students, is moving to the centrally located Fourth Ward near Downtown Houston. Parents, staff members, and students provided input for the design of the new CVHS campus. The building committee lobbied for a central courtyard, which is a part of the school’s culture. Other priorities include LEED certification, adding more space for theater and fine arts and preserving green space. The landscape features a central courtyard, an amphitheatre, ample drop-off areas for buses and autos, pedestrian sidewalks, a baseball field, community gardens and roof garden. Views and pedestrian connections...
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Avance Nature Playscape

Asakura Robinson provided landscape architectural services from schematic design through construction observation for the nature-based playscape at Mangum Headstart, which was completed in early Fall 2010. Avance directors approached Asakura Robinson in Summer 2010 with an interest in developing a ‘showcase’ nature playscape at the new preschool facility. The Headstart program guidelines recommend incorporating loose parts and natural elements within play areas, in order to facilitate healthy child development and encourage growth in a wide range of skills.  Abundant plant material was used in the design to create different spaces and experiences. The ‘Beaver’s Hut’, made out of living willow...
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Piney Point Elementary Nature Playscape and Edible Garden

Asakura Robinson Company provided design for this philanthropic effort, joining Keep Houston Beautiful, ScottsMiricle-Grow, Piney Point Elementary and the City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department, to educate students about the joys of gardening and good nutrition, and provide a connection to nature and experiential learning opportunities for all students. Piney Point’s playscape and series of edible and wildlife gardens is part of the new GRO1000 initiative, a commitment by ScottsMiracle-Grow and its partners to develop and install 1,000 community gardens and green spaces by 2018. A portion of all installed garden harvests will be regularly donated to support...
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Collaborative For Children Nature Playscape Projects

Walker’s Daycare was one of four facilities to receive funding for a nature playscape project by various grants through Houston non-profit organization, Collaborative for Children. Asakura Robinson provided landscape architectural services from schematic design through construction observation for the nature-based playscape at Walker’s Daycare, which provides daycare and after-school care for low-income children. The existing play area used by the children was in dire need of upgrades and renovation, offering only a few pieces of plastic toys on a patch of bare dirt as a playground. With the implementation of the nature-based playscape features, the playground has been transformed into an...
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James Perkins College of Education at Stephen F. Austin State University

Asakura Robinson Company provided landscape architectural services for the James Perkins College of Education at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. ARC worked with the architect in the early stages of planning to incorporate a site design that would minimize the removal of existing trees. ARC also collaborated with a certified arborist to ensure that the trees to be preserved would receive adequate maintenance, thus increasing their resistance to construction impacts. The design called for a large formal plaza in front of the building, accenting the architectural elements of the building’s façade. Traditional plantings of azaleas, magnolias, and camellias were chosen to complement the planting...
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