LBJ Wildflower Center Family Garden – Austin, TX

A Pilot Project for the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Luci and Ian Family Garden is a multifaceted educational play environment for children as well as an outdoor laboratory for testing sustainable development techniques.

 

Located on 4.5 acres of woodland and meadow in south Austin, the garden features more than a dozen interactive and educational features forged from native materials, providing hands-on learning opportunities with valuable lessons in biology, ecology, botany, hydrology, geology and related sciences.

 

Primary project goals included minimizing site disturbance and reusing on-site materials, testing and demonstrating innovative water use strategies, and providing a safe and immersive natural environment for children to interact and learn. 

The Hill Country Grotto is one of the garden’s most popular features.

This whimsical play environment articulates numerous educational principles in biology, ecology, botany, hydrology, geology and related sciences. 

Grapevines sourced from the project site were woven together to create giant birds’ nests, demonstrating how birds create habitat in nature.

 Unstructured play in natural environments provides myriad benefits for children and is an important component of their growth and development. 

Centrally located, the garden incorporates a series of immersive natural features, whimsical play areas, outdoor classrooms and gardens with safe, interactive and educational play features. 

Walls inside the grotto cave are adorned with Texas-inspired pictographs.

Project Team: Julie Gossage, Keely Rizzato, Brian Ott, Ronnie Stafford and Charlotte Tonsor. 

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A place where…

  • Children learn through-hands on play
  • Experts test sustainable techniques
  • Native plants express a regional vernacular
  • Education and science come to life

WFC Family Garden - Austin, Texas


TBG implemented a master plan rooted in education, sustainability and native plants for this 4.5-acre garden while adhering to ever-evolving SITES criteria to obtain certification as a Pilot Project.  

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Omni Dallas Hotel – Dallas, TX

A unique public/private partnership, the Omni Dallas Hotel was conceived as a city-owned convention center hotel serving as the third anchor of a plan to revitalize downtown. The 1,001-room hotel was constructed as a design/build effort on an 8-acre site at the corner of Lamar and Young streets. TBG performed studies of several initially considered sites during site selection and provided design services for a variety of outdoor areas including: ground-level outdoor dining terraces, plaza areas for valet and drop-off needs, a rain garden and exterior screen walls, and a fourth-floor terrace with an outdoor bar, custom fire pit and seating, raised planters and a 1,900-square-foot pool with spa. The pool is elevated five feet above the bar terrace, creating the feeling of being apart within a shared space. Materials include custom-cut Portuguese limestone, custom asphalt paver blends including Pennsylvania bluestone slate, and tropical hardwoods.

Elevated five feet above the bar plane, the infinity edge pool and spa appear as an elegant water feature when not in use.

The fourth-floor roof terrace includes a pool, bar and custom fire pit.

Elegant materials frame the pool in iridescence.  

An outdoor fireplace and seating afford an inviting dining option for the hotel’s ground-floor restaurants.

The terrace affords dramatic downtown views of iconic structures like Bank of America Plaza and Renaissance Tower.

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A place where…

  • Guests unwind in luxe accommodations 
  • Dramatic skyline views frame the pool terrace experience
  • Friends share fond memories around the warmth of an outdoor fireplace
  • Conventioneers and their families unwind after a long day

Omni Dallas Hotel - Dallas, TX


A unique public/private partnership, the Omni Dallas Hotel was conceived as a city-owned convention center hotel serving as the third anchor of a plan to revitalize downtown. The 1,001-room hotel was constructed as a design/build effort on an 8-acre site at the corner of Lamar and Young streets. TBG performed studies of several initially considered sites during site selection and provided design services for a variety of outdoor areas including: ground-level outdoor dining terraces, plaza areas for valet and drop-off needs, a rain garden and exterior screen walls, and a fourth-floor terrace with an outdoor bar, custom fire pit and seating, raised planters and a 1,900-square-foot pool with spa. The pool is elevated five feet above the bar terrace, creating the feeling of being apart within a shared space. Materials include custom-cut Portuguese limestone, custom asphalt paver blends including Pennsylvania bluestone slate, and tropical hardwoods.

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City Place – Fort Worth, TX

TBG provided urban design services as well as master plan coordination to successfully transform the former Tandy Center into Fort Worth’s City Place development as part of the largest mixed-use redevelopment project in downtown Fort Worth. The success of the redevelopment has revitalized the environment around the two existing towers, adding to the vibrancy of the downtown urban core and enhancing the lease potential of both One City Place and Two City Place.

 

The project presented unique challenges as well as opportunities, including a significant logistical challenge: facilitating a renovation of the property’s on-structure areas, including those extending out into the street. Existing documents were not available and there were pertinent technical requirements to assess the depth of the below-grade structure as well as the load-bearing capabilities to support proposed new landscape and hardscape improvements.

 

One of the project’s great successes was convincing city officials not to cut through Second Street, but rather to convert it to a pedestrian mews, which has resulted in a much more inviting urban setting. The project was honored with a 2015 Downtown Fort Worth Trailblazer Award. 

One of the project’s great successes was convincing city officials not to cut through Second Street, but rather to convert it to a pedestrian mews, which has resulted in a much more inviting urban setting. 

The entire plaza is on structure and coordination prior to and during construction was extremely important to ensure the design intent was met.

 There is an LED light approximately every 2” on the inside of the light box to ensure even light distribution.

A clean and contemporary urban aesthetic provides a sophisticated sense of place. 

The urban setting is an ideal place to unwind and get lost in a moment. 

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A place where…

  • A former hub of activity has been reimagined for contemporary living
  • People find refuge and tranquility amid bustling urban environs
  • The stresses of a busy day melt away
  • Citizens and visitors from all walks of life find common ground

City Place - Fort Worth, Texas


TBG designed the development’s streetscape and retail frontage along Throckmorton in addition to creating an urban plaza and motor court. The streetscape design includes a more formal hardscape and planting scheme to tie the area into the rest of downtown Fort Worth, while the urban plaza articulates a motif of organic, oval forms. The overall effort helped revitalize a key portion of the downtown urban core and enhanced the lease market viability of One City Place and Two City Place. 

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The Shops at Park Lane – Dallas, TX

Located in the heart of midtown Dallas near NorthPark Center, The Shops at Park Lane is a modern mixed-use development consisting of multifamily residences, office, retail and restaurants anchored by the largest Whole Foods Market in north Texas. An expansion to the popular mixed-use development added new office, retail and restaurant and coffee shop with a central green at the core. Designed by TBG, this contemporary park includes a multipurpose green, a promenade of spray jets, outdoor dining terraces and a series of water walls with seating under shade trees. The new restaurant and coffee shop, which has a stylized green roof and transparent façade, are situated at opposite ends of the park and act as an extension of the space.

Jets of water entice kids of all ages.

Friends catch up in an intimate, welcoming setting.

The green roof provides an aesthetic connection to the park space.

Cascading water affords a soothing ambience.

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A place where…

  • People relax in the inviting communal hub of a large urban development
  • Delighted children run through gentle jets of water
  • Tranquil water features afford a relaxing ambience
  • Intimate spaces invite reflection and repose

The Shops at Park Lane - Dallas, TX


Located in the heart of midtown Dallas near NorthPark Center, The Shops at Park Lane is a modern mixed-use development consisting of multifamily residences, office, retail and restaurants anchored by the largest Whole Foods Market in north Texas. An expansion to the popular mixed-use development added new office, retail and restaurant and coffee shop with a central green at the core. Designed by TBG, this contemporary park includes a multipurpose green, a promenade of spray jets, outdoor dining terraces and a series of water walls with seating under shade trees. The new restaurant and coffee shop, which has a stylized green roof and transparent façade, are situated at opposite ends of the park and act as an extension of the space.

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Town Lake Park – Austin, TX

TBG has been working on Austin’s signature urban park since the late 1990s, beginning with a master plan effort and ensuing four-phase implementation sequence; the scope  has included Auditorium Shores, Butler Park and the Alliance Children’s Garden. These efforts have included facilitating numerous public charrettes attended by a wide variety of stakeholders to develop a community-oriented destination park. The park hosts many community-wide events like July Fourth fireworks and festivals and is the home of popular features like the Doug Sahm Hill and the Liz Carpenter Fountain. More recently, TBG developed a new trailhead design for Auditorium Shores that provides better connectivity; additional shade, stretching areas and water stations for runners; new restroom facilities; space for food trucks; enhanced paving at the entry; and revised parking with rain gardens for stormwater management. The Alliance Children’s Garden, which will be a whimsical and iconic park environment just south of the Liz Carpenter Fountain, is the final focus area of this long-term effort.

The Dough Sahm Hill at Butler Park provides an ideal vantage point of downtown and the surrounding area.

Throngs of people unite for the annual July Fourth fireworks.

The Liz Carpenter Fountain’s interactive sprayground includes more than 100 choreographed jets accented by LED lighting.

Meandering pathways and shaded seating areas accommodate exploration as well as moments of repose throughout the park. 

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A place where…

  • July Fourth fireworks and other celebrations bring the community together
  • Meandering trails connect people to park features, nearby performance venues and the trail network
  • Informal recreation takes place against a backdrop of stunning skyline views
  • Families share memorable moments in their cherished city park

Town Lake Park - Austin, TX


TBG has been working on Austin’s signature urban park since the late 1990s, beginning with a master plan effort and ensuing four-phase implementation sequence; the scope  has included Auditorium Shores, Butler Park and the Alliance Children’s Garden. These efforts have included facilitating numerous public charrettes attended by a wide variety of stakeholders to develop a community-oriented destination park. The park hosts many community-wide events like July Fourth fireworks and festivals and is the home of popular features like the Doug Sahm Hill and the Liz Carpenter Fountain. More recently, TBG developed a new trailhead design for Auditorium Shores that provides better connectivity; additional shade, stretching areas and water stations for runners; new restroom facilities; space for food trucks; enhanced paving at the entry; and revised parking with rain gardens for stormwater management. The Alliance Children’s Garden, which will be a whimsical and iconic park environment just south of the Liz Carpenter Fountain, is the final focus area of this long-term effort.

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Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas – Austin, Texas

The world’s first LEED Platinum medical facility and first LEED for Healthcare Platinum project, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas emphasizes the restorative powers of nature through sustainable design that includes innovative healing spaces. An interior courtyard features themed environments reflecting the biodiversity of Central Texas via plant species representing the six ecoregions within the hospital’s 46-county service area.
 

Defined by passive and active spaces, a 3-acre healing garden includes a labyrinth, human sundial, butterfly garden, floating granite ball fountain, reflecting pond, fish pond incorporating recycled glass and multimedia movie plaza.

 

Expansion efforts included a third bed tower that was completed in the summer of 2013; TBG played an integral role in this effort, which included renovations to the healing garden and a new entry into the garden from the two southernmost towers, a memorial plaza with integrated donor naming opportunities for fundraising, and adaptation of the pond to include aquatic plants and organisms.

The colorful human sundial utilizes the user’s shadow to indicate the correct time and teaches an important lesson about how the sun’s position in the sky relates to the earth’s rotation. 

The healing garden allows patients to escape the often sterile and confining feeling associated with spending many hours in a hospital bed. 

The pond is a key organizing element of the 3-acre healing garden and provides a habitat for aquatic plants and fish. 

The overall garden setting accommodates a wide variety of therapeutic functions ranging from passive recreation to more interactive and engaging recreational opportunities. 

Project Team: Jaime Vickrey, Jeff Raudabaugh, Brittany Andrews, Kelli Taylor and Justin Lindabury

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A place where…

  • Gardens facilitate healing
  • Patients celebrate victories
  • Caregivers find respite
  • Families reconnect outdoors
  • The landscape plays an integral therapeutic role

Dell Children's Medical Center - Austin, Texas


TBG played a key role in Dell Children’s expansion by including a new healing garden, a memorial plaza with integrated donor naming opportunities for fundraising, and new entry landscape into the healing garden from the hospital.

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The Bowie – Austin, TX

Home to the highest swimming pool in Texas, The Bowie is a new 36-story high-density residential tower in downtown Austin. These upscale luxury residences provide compelling views, elegant aesthetics with high-end finishes and exceptional amenities to provide a unique urban lifestyle experience. TBG’s scope included the project’s streetscape as well as decks at the eighth, ninth, 10th, 31st and 36th floors. The 36th floor deck includes a lap pool, which is the highest-elevated pool in Texas, along with turf areas, lounge-style furnishings, an outdoor kitchen and trellis, and living walls adorned with varieties of plant species. The 31st level deck provides another multipurpose outdoor space with dramatic views of the Hill Country and greater Austin area. The street-level design exudes the tower’s sophisticated sense of place with stylish pavers, furnishings and street trees. 

The pool on the 36th level has the distinction of being the highest-elevated pool in Texas. 

The leisurely pool setting provides residents with an inimitable place to unwind. 

Extraordinary panoramic views are ubiquitous. 

Comfortable accouterments and stylish furnishings afford a welcoming ambience that is irresistible. 

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A place where…

  • Extraordinary views of Austin and the Hill Country provide a memorable backdrop
  • Residents unwind and stress melts away
  • Outdoor dining takes place hundreds of feet above the ground
  • Organic and built elements meld harmoniously to create an ethereal ambience 

The Bowie - Austin, Texas


Home to the highest swimming pool in Texas, The Bowie is a new 36-story high-density residential tower in downtown Austin. These upscale luxury residences provide compelling views, elegant aesthetics with high-end finishes and exceptional amenities to provide a unique urban lifestyle experience. TBG’s scope included the project’s streetscape as well as decks at the eighth, ninth, 10th, 31st and 36th floors. The 36th floor deck includes a lap pool, which is the highest-elevated pool in Texas, along with turf areas, lounge-style furnishings, an outdoor kitchen and trellis, and living walls adorned with varieties of plant species. The 31st level deck provides another multipurpose outdoor space with dramatic views of the Hill Country and greater Austin area. The street-level design exudes the tower’s sophisticated sense of place with stylish pavers, furnishings and street trees. 

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Sienna Plantation089 Sienna Plantation   Missouri City, TX

Waterfront trails encourage an active lifestyle.


DETAILS:
  • 10,500-acre master-planned community in Missouri City, Texas
  • Nation’s No. 18 best-selling master-planned community in 2011
  • Extensive parks and trails system
  • Resort-like amenities
  • 150-acre Sienna Sports Complex
  • 12-acre Club Sienna recreation complex
  • 34 parks
  • Sienna Plantation Golf Club
  • Sienna South
  • Pedestrian-oriented community design
  • Mature live oaks and elms in the Brazos River corridor

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Sienna Plantation105 Sienna Plantation   Missouri City, TX


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Water slides, spill buckets, multiple pools and beach-style entries are some of the water-based recreational amenities enjoyed by community members.


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The 150-acre Sienna Sports Complex includes multiple athletic fields in addition to trails, playgrounds and gardens.


Sienna Johnson Development 4 Sienna Plantation   Missouri City, TX