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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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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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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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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