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For the first time ever, Freese and Nichols will have a team exhibit at the National Organization of Minority Architects conference.

Shad Comeaux, Alexis Garcia and Tiffany McLeod will present “Beyond the Building, Keeping Urban Design In Mind” at the 45th NOMA Convention and Expo Oct. 11-14 in Houston.

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The session will tackle the importance of urban design by identifying the most impactful elements that...

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URISA Texas will host “Creating and Using Custom Soils Databases Using ArcGIS Desktop” from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 26.

Attendees will learn how to download large quantities of soil data, build gSSURGO databases for custom areas of interest and create soil maps for more than 160 soil properties using the Soil Data Development ArcToolbox, which was offered from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service .

This tool can...

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The Internet’s potential to redefine how we shop has been speculated since the late 1990s. A storm has been brewing over the brick-and-mortar retail industry for decades, but the power of the storm is only just now being realized. How bad is the storm? According to CNN Money and the Wall Street Journal:

Department store employment is down 46 percent since 2001 , worse than both mining and manufacturing 20 to 25...

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Lamar University broke ground last month on a new Science and Technology Building with the help of Freese and Nichols. This new construction will be the first academic building built on campus in over 40 years. The local television station and newspaper were on site for the ground-breaking.

“This building is long overdue, and the [Texas State University] System is very happy to facilitate that,” TSUS Regent Bill Scott said , addressing the...

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Congratulations to Bregger Garrison​, Transportation Design, San Antonio, who has been selected to participate in the 2017 Leadership Lab for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) San Antonio Post .

The Leadership Lab is the Post's annual mentoring program for young members. It is aimed at both up-and-coming leaders and established operational leaders in government and industry.

The Lab's goals are:

Provide students the chance to push individual comfort limits to...

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Over 500 were in attendance as the Dallas and Preston Trail Chapters of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) awarded Division Manager Kevin Johnson with the Preston Trail Engineer of the Year Award on Thursday, Feb. 17. The Chapters honored Kevin during their TSPE Engineers Week (E-Week) luncheon at the Plano Centre in Plano, TX. Congratulations, Kevin!

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Award-winning landscape architects David Retzsch, RLA, and Shane Friese, RLA, have joined Freese and Nichols' urban design team. David and Shane, who are based in Dallas, will strengthen our team’s capabilities in urban design, parks and trails, streetscapes, downtown revitalization and other services. We now have eight landscape architects serving cities and counties throughout Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Georgia.

“Shane and David’s combined experience in landscape architecture is a tremendous asset to Freese...

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Congratulations to the project team for the Port Arthur Downtown Revitalization Plan , which has received the 2016 Long-Range Planning Award from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). The team accepted the recognition at the Texas APA annual conference in San Antonio on Nov. 4.

The award recognizes the plan for its original, holistic approach to revitalization. Downtown plans are often difficult for cities to implement because they do...

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