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Congratulations to Lesley Brooks, Stormwater Engineer, Dallas, who passed the ISI Envision™ exam to become certified as a Sustainability Professional by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Although she has applied concepts of sustainability to many projects and has even taught seminars on the subject, Lesley is now officially trained to use the Envision™ rating system to address...

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The Trinity River Vision Authority board voted to change the name of the Trinity Uptown project to Panther Island, but the $910 million project’s vision remains the same. It is expected to minimize flood risk, boost economic development and transform the area into a mixed-use, multimodal community.

The Panther Island project is a massive collaboration between public and private entities....

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Tagstrinity uptown, trinity river vision, Transportation, Sustainability, roundabout design, panther island, multimodality, multimodal, City of Fort Worth, bridge design,

Co-authored by Rachel Ickert, P.E.

Water is essential for human life and necessary for economic development and growth. In fact, it was the lack of water that first inspired the DroughtSense blog as a way to provide valuable information during a time of prolonged drought. As population grows and water resources become scarcer, it has never been more important to develop and maintain a safe, dependable water supply, which is why Freese and Nichols is proud to announce FNI Water™, an initiative to provide a comprehensive, environmentally-responsible approach to water supply...

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This post is an update regarding the June 12 post North Texas Low Impact Development Design Competition Kicked Off May 23rd.

On Nov. 7 of this week, the North Texas Land/Water Sustainability Forum named Freese and Nichols the winner of the Green Roadway Challenge in the Low Impact Development Design Competition​! Our design team's submittal, a retrofit of South Lamar Street in Dallas, received this...

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On Nov. 7 of this week, the North Texas Land/Water Sustainability Forum named Freese and Nichols the winner of the Green Roadway Challenge in the Low Impact Development Design Competition​! Our design team's submittal, a retrofit of South Lamar Street in Dallas, received this honor from a panel of judges that included officials from the Cities of Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington; the Army Corps of Engineers' Fort Worth District; and local development companies and architecture firms. In addition...

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Freese and Nichols’ master plan for Texas Wesleyan was featured in Fort Worth Business Press. The design will incorporate features to celebrate the historic significance of the street while focusing on sustainable development.

Click here to read the article.

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When much-needed rains soaked many parts of the state, residents and media outlets cheered, “The drought has broken!” The rains were a relief to those areas; however, much of the state remains in a serious drought, and many municipalities in other areas are cautiously maintaining their Stage I, Stage II, or even Stage III drought status.

Fortunately, those municipalities have avoided falling prey to the “hydro-illogical” cycle, where apathy follows rain, and then concern follows a drought, which leads to panic after the drought continues.

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Project Overview
The City of Austin Watershed Protection Division (WPD) retained Freese and Nichols (FNI) to retrofit an existing Central Austin dry stormwater detention facility by integrating it with a new stormwater water quality wet pond. The WPD’s goal was to protect their community by reducing the impact of flooding, maintaining and improving water quality and creating a stable stream system to prevent erosion. FNI’s integration of a wet pond into the existing dry detention pond helped the WPD achieve these goals for stormwater runoff into Waller Creek.

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TagsWet Pond, Water Quality, Sustainability, Detention, Design,

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