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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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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Virginia Point

Asakura Robinson Company provided a landscape plan for Virginia Point, Houston’s first LEED Platinum home, recognized as achieving the very highest level of sustainable design. The landscape plan takes into careful consideration the large footprint on the home’s compact urban lot. Landscaping was limited by the inclusion of an extensive deck which wraps around the home and geothermal pipes which are immersed throughout the site. To maximize the potential for plant material a “Greenscreen” was installed and planted with vines, native plant material was installed throughout the back yard and side deck, pots and planters where maximized and edible herbs...
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Federal Reserve Bank Parking

Asakura Robinson Company was recently engaged by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to provide landscape improvements for its Houston Branch. The project incorporates Low Impact Development (LID) techniques that work with nature to manage stormwater as close to its source as possible. Design includes a reorganized layout of the existing parking lot with the addition of bioswales that drain into a dual-purpose landscape feature designed to help with flooding issues. An area has been created to serve as a point of interest and a place for employees to enjoy the outdoors. A tiered slope featuring fruit trees, native plants...
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Gene Green Regional Park LID

The 230-acre Gene Green 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 incorporates stormwater filtering LID techniques in the parking lot and meandering streams dissipate stormwater through native vegetation prior to outfall to Carpenter’s Bayou. Asakura Robinson Company provided Public Engagement, Conceptual Master Planning and Construction Documents as the Prime Consultant...
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