Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Ecosystem Design Group

Consulting Portfolio

AMD | Austin, Texas
When this Fortune 500 semiconductor manufacturer built its Lone Star corporate campus, the Ecosystem Design Group advised on landscape restoration and water conservation, first surveying the site to identify sensitive areas that would remain off limits to development (43 percent). The Group harvested about 5,000 native plants on site that were replanted after construction on the 58-acre campus that is 100 percent native plants. The Group also provided design guidance for innovative stormwater distribution after surveying the soil's ability to filter stormwater from surface parking and roadways. The resulting rainwater collection and storage system holds runoff from roofs and air conditioners, eliminating the need for potable water for irrigation.

Blue Hole Regional Park | Wimberley, Texas
The Ecosystem Design Group developed an extensive master plan vision including interpretive, restoration and management plans for Blue Hole Regional Park, a 129 acre recreational park and natural area for the Village of Wimberley. In addition to a full ecological assessment, the master plan development included an 8-month stakeholder process to establish community needs and determine what amenities could be added to the site without compromising the ecological integrity of the park as a whole. Particular emphasis was taken to avoid karst features, limit impervious cover, and relocate an existing wastewater treatment plant. Most excitedly, the subsequent re-design of the park has received certification with the Sustainable SITES Initiative™ (SITES™) pilot project program.

Photo Credit: Design Workshop

Edgeland House | Austin, Texas
The Ecosystem Design Group applied their green roof expertise and research to a residential project in Austin, Texas. The Group worked with the clients and Bercy Chen Studio LP to create a Blackland prairie restoration in which there is a seamless transition between structure and ground plane. Located on a former pipeline site, the project included directing soil restoration efforts, invasive removal, and developing a native plant palette to transform the former brownfield site into a thriving urban ecosystem. An integral component of the project was a 2300 square feet green roof which utilized recycled planting media developed by the EDG through earlier green roof research.

Photo Credit: Dave Mead

George W Bush Presidential Center | Dallas, Texas
The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas regenerates historic landscape such as Blackland Prairie, Post Oak savanna and Cross Timbers woodland that once dominated north Texas. The Ecosystem Design Group assisted Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. in maximizing not only the beauty and recreational value of the site, but the environmental benefits that can be provided by such sustainable features as native plants and turf, restored plant communities, rain gardens, biofiltration basins, wetlands, wildflower meadows and bioswales. The Group provided an initial site assessment, reviewed soil specifications, recommended plants and developed a 5-year maintenance and operation plan to control invasive species and ensure success.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Felicella for MVV Associates Inc.

Guadalupe Saldaña Subdivision | Austin, Texas
Guadalupe Saldaña, an 11-acre subdivision constructed on a brownfield in East Austin will provide 90 affordable single family homes and condominiums for working families. Two-thirds of these energy efficient homes will be "net-zero", consuming less energy than they produce, and much of the site will be open space. Working with the Austin Community Design and Development Center and funds from the Kresge Foundation, the Ecosystem Design Group used conservation development principles to determine building locations. The Group also guided plans for such innovative features as rain gardens and bioswales to capture stormwater and channel improvement suggestions for a flood-prone creek with critical environmental features.

Longview Arboretum Master Plan | Longview, Texas
Located adjacent to Grace Creek and the Maude Cobb Convention Center in Longview, Texas, this project includes 26 acres of existing woodlands viewed as a treasured community resource that has long been envisioned as an arboretum. The Ecosystem Design Group developed a master plan for the arboretum that provides the framework for cultivating and advancing the ecological integrity of the acreage as well as creating opportunities for education, recreation, community involvement and enjoyment of this unique Piney Woods landscape. The EDG worked with the City of Longview and key stakeholders to create a plan that functions on multiple levels, enhancing the site's performance, ecological services and educational potential. This includes maximizing the ecological services of natural systems (i.e. stormwater management, air quality improvement, carbon sequestration and habitat restoration and establishment), as well as efficiently developing and managing the site with a long-term regenerative vision.

Mission Reach Restoration | San Antonio, Texas
Working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Ecosystem Design Group was contracted to restore a 334-acre riparian woodland without compromising the stability of the banks or increasing possible flood damage. This eight-mile stretch of the San Antonio River connects five historic Spanish missions and had been ditched and de-nuded of vegetation for flood control. The Group's research on compost and erosion mats in riparian zones and experience in Hill Country land management helped the team select and plant 39 tree and shrub species and a number of native grasses. Not only do the plants stabilize the banks, they improve the opportunities for hiking, cycling and kayaking. In addition, they filter pollutants that might reach the river and create shelter and food for wildlife.

Mueller Park Southwest Greenway Project | Austin, Texas
The 700-acre Mueller development redefined central Austin by creating a dynamic, diverse community on the brownfield site of an abandoned airport. One of the challenges of the site, the airport parking lot turned out to have preserved native soils under it used to re-create a 20-acre tallgrass prairie, one of the most threatened ecosystems in North America. Working with RVi, sustainable practices included re-using native soil, re-introducing native species, and salvaging existing native plants. This neighborhood greenway not only provides prime recreation, it helps curb stormwater runoff, filter pollutants, cool the area and trap greenhouse gases. It is a living classroom that educates residents and visitors about the valuable contributions of prairie ecosystems.

NASA Johnson Space Center | Houston, Texas
The Ecosystem Design Group worked with the NASA Johnson Space Center to enhance the native plants at the site, while creating an aesthetically compelling landscape including seasonal wildflower meadows, sort and tall grass prairies and formal native gardens. Seed mixes were designed for each management goal, and advice and guidance was provided for preparation, installation, management, and recommended seed dealers for the project.

National Park Service Restoration Plans | Texas | Oklahoma | Colorado
In 2008, the Ecosystem Design Group began working with the National Park Service (NPS) across the southwest to create restoration plans for five parks in the NPS' Southern Plains Inventory and Monitoring Network (SOPN). The Group provided initial site assessments at each park and technical training in the process of prairie restoration which included 2 day workshops at each site. After these visits and training sessions, the EDG produced restoration plans for each park that provide the parks with appropriate tools to restore the ecosystems at their sites, demonstrate successful ecological restoration techniques, enhance historical and recreational landscape value, preserve the cultural landscape for park stakeholders, reintroduce wildlife, provide a refuge for native species whose populations are in decline, and provide opportunities for multicultural research which supports the natural and cultural knowledge.

New Braunfels Utilities - Comal Headwater Conservation Center Master Plan | New Braunfels, Texas
The Ecosystem Design Group worked with Lake|Flato Architects, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, and Dean Runyan Associates to develop a master plan for a 16 acre property in New Braunfels, Texas. The site had served as a warehouse, fleet and facilities yard, office, and inventory storage space from 1904-2004 and was covered in asphalt. The Group helped design a multi-use facility for staff and visitors that will enhance the communities' connection with nature by restoring the area's unique environmental attributes and habitats, demonstrating the regeneration and protection of water and other ecological resources at the site.

Drawing Credit: Ten Eyck Landscape Architecture

University of Texas at Austin HABITURF® Installation | Austin, Texas
The Ecosystem Design Group is assisting The University of Texas at Austin with a pilot project of the Group's HABITURF® seed mix. The native lawn mix has been sown along one of the main pedestrian thoroughfares of the university. This effort will determine where the native turf mix can be used in other areas of the 350-acre campus, providing not only a pleasing aesthetic quality, but wildlife habitat, improved stormwater infiltration, and reduced landscape irrigation and mowing.

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