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At Freese and Nichols, our various planning groups regularly use U.S. Census Bureau data to forecast clients’ needs for water, transportation, utilities, land use and development. The 2020 Census count takes place this spring, and we encourage you to take the time to complete it and encourage anyone within your influence to do the same (your data is confidential).

Why...

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Tagsurban planning, United States Census, Infrastructure, Water, Transportation, utilities, land use, land development,

Freese and Nichols designed a money-saving system for the City of Duncanville to use water from Waterview Park (above) to irrigate sports fields at Harrington Park (below).

More than a decade ago, the City of Duncanville wanted to cut spending on irrigation of soccer and baseball fields at their 78-acre Harrington Park. A pond located a mile away was targeted to provide a money-saving alternative water source.

To help the...

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Tagswater management, Water conservation, alternative water resource, landscape irrigation, landscape architecture,

City of Port Arthur Downtown Revitalization Plan

As an Urban Planner, we’re often tasked with the great responsibility of helping a community revitalize a neighborhood, a public gathering place, a downtown area, etc. In doing so we try our best to maintain the community’s character while elevating their existing qualities and remaining competitive.

Here are some things for cities to keep in mind as they give new life to their downtown:...

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Tagsurban planning, urban design, downtown revitalization, landscape architecture, streetscape,

Join us Nov. 12 as our team covers the Art of Managing Construction. For all of the measurements, calculations and iterative analyses conducted during the design phase of a project, the construction of that design is often as much an art as it is a science. This brownbag focuses on the art of construction management.

Content:

  • Construction During Design
  • Alternative Project Delivery
  • Communication
  • ...

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Tagsconstruction, construction management, alternative project delivery, cost,

The latest issue of the North Texas Commission's NTX Magazine focuses on the future of North Texas and how the advancement in technology will play a role. A panelists of experts were consulted as to what these changes and innovations may look and feel like. One of the experts was our Urban Planning + Design Group Manager/Pratice Leader Wendy Shabay .

With her 25+ years of planning experience in Dallas-Fort Worth, Wendy was...

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Tagsurban planning, North Texas, Infrastructure, Transportation, smart cities,

In its efforts to be a leader on energy efficiency, the Texas Army National Guard turned to an innovative geothermal-based design to reduce energy demand and increase sustainability for the heating and cooling system at the El Paso Hondo Pass Readiness Center.

The system, designed by Freese and Nichols, helped resolve problems encountered by air-cooled systems in locations such as El Paso, where dusty conditions make constant cleaning...

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City Hall in Colleyville, Texas, looks out on a 140-by-140-foot flat area of lawn with no trees or distinguishing features. But not for long.

City leaders envisioned turning that unadorned lawn into a dynamic public space with a critical linkage to City Hall and the Public Library . The goals included creating a signature gathering place for residents of this city of 25,000 residents nestled between...

Read More - Capturing a City’s Vision for a Dynamic Public Plaza

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Tagslandscape architecture, city hall, public space, urban design,

In today’s busy, fast-paced world, the curb is one of the most in-demand spaces. With new players in the game – electric scooters and car-share services – planners and cities must rethink their approach to curbside planning and management, especially for big cities and high-density urban areas.

Who are the Major Players?

There’s a long list of people who are competing for their piece of curbside realty from your typical designated...

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Tagscurbs, curbside management, curbside planning, street design, streetscape, Transportation, Transportation Design,

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