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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...

Read More - Geothermal Power Improves the National Guard’s Resiliency

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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...

Read More - Is Parking A Thing of the Past?

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

As the population in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) continues to grow along with development opportunities we are left wondering what development trends can be anticipated in 2019.

I attended the DFW Industrial and Logistics Outlook Conference to understand the industrial demand in DFW and how local developers are getting more creative with site selection and design elements to stay competitive. Lately, there has been a robust market for industrial companies in DFW. Can...

Read More - How To Enhance Your Industrial District

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Tagsindustrial industry, land use, dallas, fort worth, manufacturing, industrial zone, site elements, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, industrial district,

(All photos courtesy of Lamar University.)

Lamar University celebrated the Grand Opening of its new Science and Technology building , a $60 million project for which Freese and Nichols provided design and construction management.

A s Lamar’s first new academic building in 40 years, the building serves as the centerpiece for renewal and expansion of the Beaumont campus. The 83,000-square-foot facility encompasses biology and chemistry...

Read More - Opening Lamar's Centerpiece of Science and Technology

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Tagsconstruction, construction management, program management, PMCM, lamar, higher education, higher ed,

Wendy Shabay and Chance Sparks, Urban Planning + Design, have been hard at work on behalf of the American Planning Association Texas Chapter (APATX).

A few years ago, APATX started the Great Places in Texas Program, which recognizes the Lone Star State’s Great Places – neighborhoods, streets and public spaces – and celebrates how planning has played a vital role in making these beloved places what they...

Read More - Wendy Shabay, Chance Sparks Rally for Urban Planning at Texas Capitol

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Tagsurban planning, urban design, urban planning and design, texas legislature, apa texas, American Planning Association,

As we evaluate our streets for greater effectiveness, curb space has come to the forefront in urban areas.

The transition zone between vehicular movement and local access, the curb space is in high demand through the development of new mobility options and rise of e-commerce. Historically reserved for car parking and loading, this flex zone between vehicular travel lanes and pedestrian space has the potential for many other uses that may better...

Read More - Help! New Guidance Available on Curbside Management

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Tagscurbs, Transportation, Institute of Transportation Engineers, vehicles, traffic, parking,

At the intersection of technology and transportation, the conversation is ever evolving through research and partnerships leading to better data and mobility options.

Freese and Nichols’ Stanford Lynch , Chris Bosco , and Daniel Herrig attended the third annual Texas Mobility Summit to take part in the dialogue on the state of mobility and the path forward in technology shaping the future of transportation....

Read More - Texas Mobility Summit: Key Takeaways on the Future of Transportation

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TagsTransportation, technology, Transportation Planning, Transportation Design,

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