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Current Projects

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
Austin, TX - The Center helped design a sustainable corporate campus that is well situated into the local landscape utilizing 100 percent native plants in the landscape, captured rainwater for irrigation and a number of non-structural approaches to stormwater mitigation. We also salvaged a large number of plants that would have been removed from the site during construction. These are stored for landscaping after construction is completed.

Blue Hole Regional Park
Wimberley, TX - Working with community stakeholders, the Center developed a site master plan as well as plans for education, restoration and management of this 200-acre recreational park and natural area for the Village of Wimberley.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Denver, CO - Our team developed a site master plan and interpretive plan for this 800-acre satellite campus of the Denver Botanic Gardens.

George W. Bush Presidential Center
Dallas, TX – Landscape restoration staff worked with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. and other design team participants to guide decisions about creating the Presidential Center’s open space as environmentally sustainable habitat. Staff suggested specific plants, irrigation approaches and other elements to create 15-acres of healthy, stable prairie as open space for public use. The prairie includes complementary habitats such as a floodplain forest and a wildflower meadow, as well as native Texas grasses on the north and south lawns.

Guadalupe Saldaña Subdivision
East Austin, TX –  Working with the Austin Community Design and Development Center and funds from the Kresge Foundation,  Wildflower Center staff provided design guidance for landscape and stormwater decisions for an 11-acre subdivision of single family homes and condos that are mostly net-zero dwellings (where no more energy is consumed on average than is used).  The Center suggested such innovative landscaping features as rain gardens and bioswales to capture stormwater, and native plantings along a restored, flood-prone creek and other areas that will be open space.   

Prairie Reintroduction in National Parks
Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas  – Landscape restoration staff have trained national park employees in Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas to design and conduct restoration projects of native prairie in five National Park Service sites. 

San Antonio River Restoration
San Antonio, TX  –  Landscape restoration staff, working with the Army Corps of Engineers,  are helping restore 8 miles of the San Antonio River that connects historic Spanish missions.  Some of the river’s historic sinuosity has been restored while the floodplain has been enlarged.  This has permitted the restoration of native prairie and woodland ecosystems along the route to provide wildlife habitat and scenic recreational space while providing flood protection. Center staff selected species and designed the methodology for planting and maintaining these species while controlling invasive species in the river corridor. 

Shady Hollow Nature Area
Austin, TX - The Center designed and maintains a 20-acre public natural area for the Shady Hollow Municipal Utility District.

Sustainable Roadsides
Williamson County, TX  – Center staff worked with TBG Partners and other design team participants to provide construction oversight and guidance on management practices along Ronald Reagan Boulevard and other major roadways in the county’s four eco-regions. The goal is improving vegetation, reducing soil erosion and providing other long-term benefits through steps that include more careful grading of roadsides, reduced soil compaction and protected zones for soil and vegetation.

Urban Prairie Reintroduction
Austin, TX  – Center staff participation in the  Mueller Austin project involved designing a 3-acre restoration of endangered blackland prairie in a park of this 700-acre, mixed-use development near downtown. In addition, center landscape restorationists worked with the project landscape architects, RVI  Planning+Landscape Architects+Graphic Design,  to design a native plant demonstration garden in the Southwest Greenway park that shows residents and visitors native plants they can use. 

Water Quality Protection Lands
Austin, TX  –  A team of consultants led by the Wildflower Center is updating a plan developed for  the City of Austin for managing more than 8,000 acres in five different watersheds in Travis County. To improve drinking water quality obtained from these watersheds, prescribed fire and other management approaches are being used to restore surrounding lands to grasslands that improve air and water quality, increase sequestration of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, and provide other benefits. Center landscape restoration staff also suggested the best location for a hiking path that will be part of a 34-mile trail from Austin to west of Kyle, Texas, to minimize human impact on watersheds and sensitive features while passing through the Water Quality Protection Lands.

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