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Congratulations to the project team for the City of Edmond Downtown Master Plan , which won the Outstanding Plan Award from the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Planning Association.

The purpose of this project was to create a plan for a pedestrian friendly downtown, University of Central Oklahoma campus and residential area. The recommended improvements support the viability, development and connectivity of downtown. This plan includes downtown strategies to guide policy creation,...

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The City of Edmond, Oklahoma, with its well-defined main street, already had big ideas about redeveloping historic downtown. The City and the Central Edmond Urban District Board (CEUDB) had developed and adopted two separate plans – in 1998 and 2011 – for revitalizing the urban core.

Despite the work accomplished in both plans in setting a vision for the City, Edmond was still struggling with precisely how to reach this vision. The City...

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Congratulations to Staron Faucher, Urban Planning + Design, Dallas, who has passed the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) exam. He was required to be a member of the American Planning Association, meet education and experience requirements and pass the exam to earn the certification.

Staron joins seven other certified planners at Freese and Nichols: Shad Comeaux, Erica Craycraft-Bartlett, Brandon Gonzalez, Eddie Haas, Daniel Harrison, Wendy Shabay and Alfred Vidaurri....

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Congratulations to Chelsea Irby, Urban Planning + Design, Dallas, who received the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) 2015 Outstanding Planning Student Award.​ She accepted the honor at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs (CAPPA) awards banquet on Wednesday, April 22.

The award is by professor nomination only. The AICP Outstanding Student Awards recognizes outstanding attainment in the study of planning by students graduating from...

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Daniel Harrison and Chelsea Irby, both Urban Planning and Design, Dallas, presented at the Student Planning Association (SPA) meeting on Wednesday, April 1, at the University of Texas at Arlington. They shared some of their work experience as urban planners at Freese and Nichols.

Chelsea, President of the SPA, felt they could help teach students in the City & Regional Planning program about the type of work entry-level city planners will be required to...

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In West Texas, Project Manager Brandon Gonzalez has helped the City of Odessa energize public participation for the Envision Odessa Comprehensive Plan . “As we started the project we scoped out a number of meetings, and at first we didn’t have good attendance,” he says. Then they tried a completely different approach to public involvement. The team reached out to different sections of the community, holding meetings with African American and Latino residents...

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​Shad Comeaux, Urban Planning + Design, Pearland, spoke to nearly 70 Sam Jamison Middle School students about his work on Friday, March 13. The school held a career day for fifth and sixth graders with about 25 professionals speaking about their career paths. Shad’s wife is a fifth grade math teacher at the school.

Shad's presentation provided an overview of urban planning, examples of projects, and the educational path needed to make it a...

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​ Congratulations to Matt Milano, Urban Planning + Design, Fort Worth, for passing all four sections of his Landscape Architecture Registration Examination to become a licensed landscape architect. His license was issued in March from the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners .

Freese and Nichols now has four Registered Landscape Architects, who help guide our clients through planning, design, construction and public involvement for projects that fulfill their communities' needs and wants....

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