Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2017

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as an opportunity to stitch these spaces together with a common design language that reflected the contemporary feel of the architecture with authentic Texas materials. The promenade encourages activity and community, connecting the on-site club that serves craft beer and wine, a sparkling resort-style pool and pavilion, unique courtyards, grilling stations, a dog park, fire pits, lounge areas and a 24-hour fitness center. Along the way, a variety of seating options were created, from stepped lawn panels to boulder-hewn fire pits – all organized around the central lake. A variety of pedestrian linkages were created to connect the various amenities, from meandering trails to the urban- feeling lakeside promenade, all designed with pedestrian comfort in mind. Mature trees were used strategically throughout the project, creating shade and lending a sense of immediate permanence. Outdoor spaces were sited and designed to take advantage of natural protection from wind and sun provided by the buildings. Eventually, waterfalls became a sub- theme of the project and extended into the pool area to connect an upper lap pool and lower lounge pool. The waterfall steps that resulted are one of the most popular spots on a hot Texas afternoon. Other project features picked up on the theme as well, including small fountains in the raised courtyards as well as runnel features, narrow channels in the ground that connect the downspouts from one building to a central rain garden. Of course, the steps created throughout the site needed to be carefully balanced with gentle slopes on the adjacent walks and plaza spaces. Another primary challenge was devising ways to work with the expansive clay soils in the project area. While the project used nearly 350 tons of Hackett stone, that wasn't enough to stabilize the soils and prevent future heaving or settling of the waterfall. Instead, a concrete structural system of piers, slabs and walls had to be designed to keep the waterfall in place and maintaining the proper levels for the stormwater system. LandDesign remained involved throughout the construction process and worked closely with the contractors placing the boulders along the 65' weir. The thoughtful planning and design of this project proves that a traditional suburban apartment setting can be anything but just that. "There's something special that happens when you get a group of designers and visionaries together to create a living space that challenges the status quo," said Rhett Crocker, CEO and President of LandDesign. Future phases currently being designed include more multi-family units as well as an office tower and retail. July 2017 77 Project Team Landscape Architecture + Civil Engineering: LandDesign Design Architect: 505Design Architect of Record: BB+M Architecture Site Structural Engineer: Urban Structure Water Feature Consultant: Greenscape Pump Systems Incorporated General Contractor: Andres Construction Water Feature Contractor: Wilson Contractor Services Inc. Landscape Contractor (General Site): Infinity Lawnscape Landscape Contractor (Courtyards): Ruppert Landscape Pool Contractor: Fun'n'Sun Pools Rockwork Contractor: Austin Masonry Lighting Design: JK Lighting Developer: Bright Realty Materials/Products: Trash Receptacles: Maglin Pavers: Pavestone Pet waste stations: Pet Pick-ups Large Trees: Deep Fork Tree Farm and others Right: The complex has two pools: one for swimming laps and the other for lounging. The pools are connected by this set of waterfall steps, theming the two main water features to one another.

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