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ecologically driven
roadway design

Intended to provide a key north/south alternative to I-35’s daily gridlock, U.S. 183 South is the product of in-depth neighborhood, logistical and environmental analysis, wide-ranging stakeholder and public input, and progressive approaches to ecologically driven roadway design and management.

The design process prioritized the larger context of the 8.4-mile corridor, including its impact on local history, culture, demographics, natural systems and other pertinent considerations typically overlooked in mobility projects.

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everything between
the buildings

Heavy analysis and a pair of two-day charrettes helped Southwest Airlines plan the ideal campus, rooted in the brand’s distinctive essence, for an exciting future. The initial discovery charrette brought together department leaders to collectively define campus goals and brainstorm ideas. Key goals included drawing top talent, workplace satisfaction and retention.

The ensuing development charrette organized the groups as four teams with specific parameters — two on the existing campus footprint and the other two with expanded boundaries — and 90 minutes to work. Those plans were then refined with illustrated perspectives, SketchUp models, and 3D printed models. The resulting 80-page document clarified the client’s vision and paved the way to successful future efforts.


ecological enrichment

The creation of Denton Creek Park included an integral focus on ecological restoration, beginning with an in-depth analysis that highlighted how urbanization within the watershed has altered the natural hydrology, resulting in erosion and floodplain loss.

Along with integrated recreational and educational opportunities, this Grapevine, Texas project will re-establish a native ecosystem, helping to enhance water quality, protect infrastructure, promote environmental stewardship and education, improve connectivity and property values, reduce long-term maintenance and repair costs, and enhance desirability of adjacent and connected properties.

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exacting analysis
and adaptation

Located in Cabo San Lucas, the Rancho San Lucas resort community combines local materials and craftsmanship, novel approaches, and organic forms inspired by the site’s resplendent natural character.

Prior to any site design, RWDI was hired to analyze the prevailing wind conditions’ strength and intensity, from which the design team studied a corresponding model in a wind tunnel calibrated to those measurements — to help inform the design and ideal placement of buildings, amenity areas and wind screens, with additional consideration given to seasonal variances.

The design program prioritizes distinct social experiences and activities for various ages within a seamless overall resort framework and includes novel features like an immense saltwater lagoon. Filled with saltwater pumped in from the ocean, the lagoon also serves as a holding tank for the reverse osmosis plant that provides potable water.

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using science
to educate

Neighborhood kids would spend all day at Exploration Park if they could — and they’re learning valuable lessons about natural sciences while they play. It’s whimsical and immersive, prompting return visits for families, and the entire playground concept is based on water, with hands-on learning opportunities for park patrons of all ages. Features like a giant berm in the shape of water ripples, a xylophone bridge, an interactive water wall depicting the rain cycle and other features make learning fun — and interpretive signage presents key concepts in a lucid manner to aid comprehension.

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design supported
by data

Imagine a luxury resort pool experience winding through a premier collection of East Asian art at a landmark hotel — it’s real, and it’s JadeWaters. The Hilton Anatole boasts the country’s largest hotel art collection, and the addition of the JadeWaters resort pool complex extended that defining cultural character to the realm of aquatic recreation.

In July 2017, TBG professionals conducted a post-occupancy evaluation to gauge the social, environmental and economic impacts of JadeWaters to the overall hotel and guest experience. Along with guest satisfaction surveys and food/beverage revenue impacts, the analysis included studies of surface temperatures at three times of day for various areas like wood bridges, artificial turf, pavers, concrete, decking, etc. The findings helped reveal JadeWaters’ impact on the development’s overall value.

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