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North Texas Low Impact Development Design Competition Kicked Off May 23rd

The North Texas Land/Water Sustainability Forum is organizing a Low Impact Development (LID) design competition in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). The competition includes designs for four professional projects and one student project, all located within the DFW Metroplex. The professional competition features projects in urban redevelopment, green streets, mixed use development and multi-family development while the student competition focuses on urban residential redevelopment.  Contestants are challenged with creating a design for each of these projects using iSWM design techniques for low impact development. Freese and Nichols is planning to compete in at least one of the design categories of this event. 

Low impact development, or LID, is a design methodology for new development and redevelopment that has received tremendous emphasis in recent years as a means for improving environmental conditions in areas of urbanization. A large focus of LID is increasing the quality of stormwater runoff in the developed world by reducing impervious area, decentralizing stormwater infrastructure and using structural stormwater controls to treat runoff before it discharges into natural waterways. The goal of the LID design competition is to promote the idea of low impact development against traditional development and to help designers across North Texas understand how LID can work effectively in their region. 

A kick-off party for the competition was held May 23rd, 2012 at The Loft at Gilley’s Dallas. Other important dates for this competition are listed below:

  • May 23, 2012 – Registration opens
  • July 1, 2012 – Registration closes
  • September 14, 2012 – Entry deadline
  • October 1, 2012 – Finalists announced
  • November 8, 2012 – Final event

The final event on November 8 is scheduled to take place in conjunction with the Texas Branch, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Conference that begins on November 9. For more information regarding the competition, go to

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