No Lifeguard on Duty

No Lifeguard on Duty is an installation for the 2017 Waller Creek Show sited at a unique location on Waller Creek where an aging weir allows the creek’s water to pool and where steps along the creek’s edge invite visitors to dip their feet in the cool water. The installation is a response to the site and the broader culture of Austin’s swimming hole culture and long history with neon-based art. Waller Creek is not Barton Springs, nor any of the other treasured naturally-fed swimming holes in the region. And it never will be. Waller Creek is an urban waterway...
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Westbury Community Garden Master Plan

Founded seven years ago in the Westbury area of southwest Houston, Westbury Community Garden (WCG) has become, in almost every measurable way, a model for community-initiated and community-led parks and open spaces. The Westbury Community Garden Master Plan, completed in 2016, is an effort to both take stock of this place as it exists today and provide site planning recommendations to guide the future of this highly valued community resource. While it is customary for institutions to plan for their future, this master planning effort began from everyday needs. As long as it has been the Westbury Community Garden, this 7-acre...
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Designing for Impact: A Regional Guide to Low Impact Development

The robust growth projected for the Houston-Galveston region is forecasted to lead to the addition of approximately 500 square miles of developed area, including an estimated 6 million parking spaces, 780 million square feet of non-residential uses, and 3.5 billion square feet of residential use. This impervious surface area has the potential to increase stormwater runoff volumes and associated pollutant loadings into local waterways, Galveston Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico. Low Impact Development (LID) provides an opportunity to explore a sustainable way to accommodate future development and manage stormwater. The purpose of H-GAC’s Designing for Impact: Regional Guide to...
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Bagby Street Reconstruction

Asakura Robinson Company provided tree preservation, planting and irrigation design, and construction observation services, for the urban streetscape redevelopment along Bagby and Pierce Streets within the Midtown District of Houston, Texas. The street reconstruction project includes substantial improvements to the pedestrian realm by providing a consistent tree canopy, replanting planting areas with drought-tolerant but attractive plantings and replacing disjointed irrigation systems with a comprehensive, low-water irrigation system. Bioswales are designed to capture and filter storm water runoff through biofiltration areas. These areas are planted with drought and flood tolerant plantings that will benefit from the additional stormwater. See project sheet here. Team: Design Workshop, Walter P Moore,...
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Gene Green Regional Park

The 230 acre Gene Green Beltway 8 Regional Park is a collaborative effort by Harris County Engineering, Harris County Precinct Two and the Harris County Flood Control District as a dual use detention basin and park amenity. The community participated in determining park program elements through a series of public meetings with the design team, a steering committee and public agency staff. The park core incorporates an “Xtreme Park” including a Skate Park, a BMX Bike trail, climbing apparatus, sliding elements per local youth interests and trails that tie into the Harris County Regional Trail System. Asakura Robinson Company provided...
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Mandell Park

Mandell Park, situated in Houston’s Montrose District, is an inspiring success story of how a community can come together in support of great public spaces. This beloved community amenity is the result of a 20-plus-year history of neighborhood efforts to transform an abandoned lot, once blighted with weeds and debris, into the beautiful park it is today. Chosen as the winning team in a park design competition, AR worked with the Friends of Mandell Park and the Houston Parks Board to develop the 1.22-acre master plan. The park underwent a remarkable transformation which included upgrading the existing Meredith Gardens, an Urban...
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Federal Reserve Bank Green Roof

Michael Graves’ arousing post-modern Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch building was completed in 2005. Asakura Robinson Company was recently selected to provide innovative, artful and sustainable design for a highly visible 3,000 SF outdoor terrace. The terrace is located at the axis of the facility’s second level board room, meeting rooms and dining rooms. The design provides intriguing, sculptural views from the interior, allows contemplative spaces for staff members between vegetative panels and rippling fountain walls and will also accommodate over 100 guests at each of the 100 plus events scheduled at the facility annually. Various “curtains’ of...
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Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center

Neighborhood Centers, Inc. (NCI), provided a comprehensive community center for the Gulfton/Sharpstown neighborhood of Houston. The center offers resources and information to the community through the following: a family education center including classrooms, library, meeting space and an economic development center; a charter school; a park; and a marketplace. Asakura Robinson Company worked with Concordia, Inc. on the 4.5-acre site to design a multi-use park and a “Marketplace”, a plaza area that will house a community market and an interactive water feature. Other landscape elements include: tree preservation; rainwater collection (used for irrigation and water features); permeable paving; and native...
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Spring Crossing Master Plan

In keeping with Skanska’s corporate mission of environmental stewardship, the master plan for the Spring Crossing office development is both respectful of the unique character of the site and forward-thinking in its embrace of resource management strategies. The design seeks to protect the site’s existing natural amenities and mesh them with new forms. Three distinct ecologies – Pine Forest, Coastal Prairie, and Bayou – provide the conceptual foundation for the project’s site plan. As the most defining feature of the existing site, the Pine Forest is comprised of both protected existing forest area and new stands of native mature trees....
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The Plaza at Enclave

The Plaza at Enclave, Houston, Texas…   Keiji Asakura took inspiration from the Cullen Sculpture Garden to create a lush courtyard which leads you on a processional journey via fountains and sculptures to enter Core Real Estate’s Plaza at Enclave. An outdoor space that is geometrically opposite to the building’s interior provides interest to the courtyard design. The glass-enclosed walkway between the Class A, 5-story office building and the parking garage appears to float on water as the exterior reflection pool borders both sides of the corridor producing a contiguous visual effect. Material coordination to create indoor/outdoor relationships was particularly...
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Gannoway Lake Park Phase II – Sugar Land, Texas

After producing a Masterplan in 2009 for a nature park at Sugar Land’s Gannoway Lake, Asakura Robinson was contracted again by the City of Sugar Land to prepare a more focused study of the challenges to address in developing the park. A complicated urban site framed by roadways, residential development, a local high school, a new water treatment facility and extensive planned mixed-use development, Gannoway Lake is also an extremely unique ecological asset to the area and the potential lynchpin of an expansive greenway along Oyster Creek. To complete the feasibility study, ARC worked with consulting engineers from Walter P....
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The Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country Master Plan

The Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country is a regional resource for fostering awareness of the unique natural and cultural history of the Canyon Lake area, education through collection, preservation, interpretation and display. The purpose of the Master Plan is to create a physical framework for the programs and operations of the museum. It is important to identify the location of the proposed facilities to optimize usage of the available level areas because the terrain of the site is generally steeply sloping. Recommendations include an expansion of programs that will attract visitors across the region, a site plan for museum facilities, and environmental and landscape features. By broadening and tailoring the...
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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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Dow Lake Jackson Campus

This Dow Chemical Company office located in Lake Jackson presented the opportunity to turn a challenge – a sensitive wetland area on the edge of the project site – into a benefit to the building’s patrons. Made up of five buildings including an amenity building, two lab buildings, a central plant, and a warehouse, the design vision was aimed at creating a collaborative work environment while promoting accessibility and connectivity to the wetland areas. With an “H” shape configuration, the campus layout offers employees access to several WiFi enabled outdoor workspaces. Additional outdoor access spots include a café and patio...
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Parks at Boulder Creek

Asakura Robinson Company prepared landscape design and construction plans for this 140-acre lifestyle center in Pearland. The proposed $300 million Parks at Boulder Creek development will include more than 600,0000 SF of retail, 300,000 SF of office, town homes, mid-rise office and condominiums. HTH Group in Beverly Hills serves as the design architect. The developer envisions a center where people can both live and work near an open-air retail environment complete with an outdoor fireplace, hike-and-bike trails, waterfalls, canals, outdoor pedestrian walkways, kid-friendly water features and big-box retail space. Site challenges include mitigating on-site wetlands and softening a major electric transmission corridor. View Project Sheet here....
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Sugar Land Town Square

Sugar Land Town Square, one of Texas’ most celebrated, award-winning mixed-use developments, provides visitors, workers and community residents with a pedestrian-friendly, premier retail, dining and year-round entertainment destination. On-street parking, shaded sidewalks, way-finding signage, cobblestone walkways and the cascading landmark fountain contribute to the feel of the space, which has promoted economic development within the Town Square and surrounding areas. Keiji Asakura led the landscape, irrigation, fountain and hardscape design, construction documentation and assisted with the master planning for the Sugar Land Town Square development. Patrick Chang provided construction drawings and observation services. View Project Sheet here. Previous Firm Experience...
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CORE Park West

On this Class A office building, Asakura Robinson was engaged to create an overall master plan and establish design guidelines for the streetscape and main drive. The design centers on creating a park-like setting that focuses on pedestrian circulation and connectivity; preserves green space; and utilizes several detention ponds as feature amenities. Upon entering the complex, visitors are greeted by a shallow, still reflection pool that features a descending sign wall. At night, a channel traversing the reflection pool will showcase upward-facing flickering light beams visible only to building inhabitants. The main drive design is a plaza-like promenade lacking the...
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8 West Centre

Near the intersection of Houston’s Beltway 8 and Clay Road, this CORE Real Estate development is currently being leased by Helix Energy Solutions Group. The goal for this office landscape was to create an inviting front entry and tranquil courtyard for employees to enjoy day or night. As one approaches the building, a curbless tree-lined drive complements the building’s geometry and leads visitors to the front corridor. A walkway continues to a semi-enclosed courtyard where employees can unwind, socialize, and enjoy a bite from the cafe. The courtyard is designed to be a tranquil space where a trickling fountain and...
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Sentry Gateway Business Park

Asakura Robinson Company developed the master plan for the latest COPT business park in San Antonio. The 68-acre LEED Gold Certified park, focuses on pedestrian connectivity, providing safe crossings and a central gathering plaza. The plaza, designed to emphasize local materials, incorporates the key principles of successful place making in the work place: shaded outdoor seating for gathering; fountains that create a cooling affect and audible interest; an art piece elevated on a grassy mound to provide visual identity to the plaza; and the plaza itself, sunken to engage feelings of invitation and intimacy. View project sheet here...
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Westway Business Park

Asakura Robinson Company worked on a series of Class A office buildings in West Houston for the Dienna Nelson Augustine Company. Westway II received LEED Gold Certification. Westway I & III received LEED Silver Certification. Water conserving irrigation systems plus native and adapted plant materials were integrated into the landscape design to aid in the LEED processes. As the more prominent of the buildings, Westway II, shown above, features elegant landscaping surrounding the building entries, a tenant patio on the north side of the building which provides shaded seating areas and displays a unique water feature within the garden. View project sheet here...
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Three Eldridge Place

Asakura Robinson Company provided landscape architectural services for Three Eldridge Place, a multi-story office building located in the Energy Corridor. Attempting LEED Gold certification, the project utilized several sustainable landscape techniques to gain points for restoring wildlife habitat and reducing water use in irrigation. Instead of traditional turfgrass, the building is surrounded by a mixture of native prairie grasses, which reduces water use while also providing food and habitat for birds. Soil moisture sensors, micro-misters, and strategic location of irrigation heads provided a water savings of 53% compared with traditional irrigation techniques. The project also features a ‘zen garden’ courtyard composed of black pebbles, granite boulders, and...
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Remington Square

Asakura Robinson Company provided design through construction administration services for this west Houston office building conveniently located along the Sam Houston toll road. Accented by a generous central plaza, this 20-acre commercial site includes reflection pond, water-wall and roof decks. Design also offers a generous seating area for workers and visitors in the shaded area adjacent to the retail/restaurant facilities. View Project Sheet here....
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Citation Oil & Gas Corp. Headquarters

Asakura Robinson provided landscape architectural services from schematic design through construction observation for the corporate headquarters of Citation Oil and Gas Corp., which was completed in Spring 2009. The design focused on tree preservation and sustainable landscape elements. Understory plantings of native shrubs, grasses, and perennials complement the naturalistic setting. Native prairie grasses were installed in peripheral areas, reducing the need for frequent mowing and maintenance and providing wildlife habitat. Detention areas also received plantings of native trees, shrubs, and perennials to improve stormwater quality and promote infiltration. The use of native plant material throughout the site reduces the amount...
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Dover Energy Regional Warehouse Office

Asakura Robinson was engaged by Powers Brown Architecture to upgrade the landscape at the Dover Energy regional facility located in the Spectrum District of Pearland, Texas. The project goal was to create an inviting landscape atmosphere with an established look that blends in with the nearby forest and softens the industrial office park surroundings. To complement an existing detention pond on site, large, drought-tolerant trees were selected and placed randomly throughout so as to create a natural look among the older, existing trees. An outdoor courtyard, walkway, and dining area were created to provide employees with convenient access to nature...
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WR Sage

WR Sage West is a 22-story high-rise apartment building located in the Houston Uptown district near the Galleria shopping center. Asakura Robinson Company worked closely with the architect (Mitchell Carlson Stone, Inc.) on the 6th floor roof top outdoor space which includes swimming pool and spa, sun decks, shade structure and outdoor kitchen as well as lighting to promote night time usage. In addition, due to the harsh Houston summer environment, ARC was asked to develop a plant palette that ensures the plants thrive with minimal maintenance. Drip irrigation will be provide to reduce water consumption and meet LEED Certified standards. View Project Sheet here....
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Okura Act City

Okura Act City, Hamamatsu, Japan*… Okura Act City, an ambitious project conceived as a model urban development for the 21st century where music and culture can flourish side by side with industry and technology, opened October 2004. Jointly developed by local government authorities and private investors, the 4.3-hectare complex includes a high-rise office and hotel tower, a five-story civic center with two state-of-the-art concert/convention halls, an exhibition/event space and a musical instrument museum. Keiji Asakura and Marjaneh Afkhami participated in the master planning and landscape design for the outdoor spaces, plazas and public amenities of the development. View project sheet here * Previous firm experience...
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MD Anderson Park

After demolition of the existing facility in January of 2012, the Houston Main Building site, owned by MD Anderson, has been transformed into a simply-designed green space. The unnamed park, features native rain gardens and meadows of native prairie grasses in contrast with the dense urban surroundings. The green space will remain in place for several years until MD Anderson begins construction on a new clinical building. Asakura Robinson created the master plan and planting plan, working closely with local native-plant and prairie expert, Scott Barnes, on the selection of plant materials. Katy Prairie Conservancy volunteers planted the prairie grasses. View...
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Almeda Road Reconstruction

Asakura Robinson Company is providing landscape architecture services for the City of Houston’s Almeda Road Reconstruction Project from MacGregor to Old Spanish Trail. The roadway is being designed as a pilot project for Green Road Design with Low Impact Development (LID) features requiring roadside plantings and engineered soil mixes that filter stormwater to meet stormwater quality goals. The general project scope provides for the reconstruction of the existing concrete roadway and grade separations over Brays Bayou at Almeda and S. MacGregor with curbs, sidewalks, street lighting, and underground utilities. The project entails an existing four lanes with wide center median and roadside ditches to be expanded to a proposed six...
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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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