DALLAS – Ask a few savvy developers if they think “integrated services” matter, and they’ll likely point to successful new communities and mixed-use properties as proof. Behind many of those award-winning works is Dallas-based firm LandDesign, which has announced several new commissions including the community development Vista del Lago in Lewisville, Tx.; a revitalization in the Dallas entertainment district Deep Ellum; and work for The Realm at Castle Hills, a 324-acre, mixed-use lifestyle destination, also in Lewisville.
Among the fastest-growing design firms for mixed-use developments and master-planned communities in and around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, LandDesign is known for successful live-work-play concepts, walkable neighborhoods, and repositioned upscale retail zones. Undergirding the national firm’s winning streak has been an adept combination of master planning, landscape architecture, urban design, and civil engineering services as an integrated package – backed by a tested, innovative combination of project-based research, analysis, and creative process.
The integrated services approach has won the firm a fast-growing client list including some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s most active real estate developers – among them Bright Realty, Asana Partners, KDC, Trammel Crow and Johnson Development, along with many others. LandDesign continues to work on the design for the public spaces throughout Castle Hills, the $1.5 billion mixed-use development including The Realm, which will open by year-end.
“LandDesign has honed an integrated, transdisciplinary approach that provides a framework for innovations in project delivery, rezoning and entitlements, parks and transportation design, all with an eye for lasting, sustainable places,” says Brian Dench, P.E., a principal with LandDesign based in Dallas. “Our seamless process linking planning and urbanism to civil engineering and landscape architecture helps lead to breakthrough ideas that challenge common assumptions and solve thorny real estate development challenges.
As an example, Dench describes several recent projects in storm-prone areas where water drainage systems have been designed as a civic amenity, integrated with parks, wetlands, and recreational zones. In other projects from Lubbock to Fort Worth to Flower Mound, LandDesign’s deep credentials in resort-style destinations can be seen in miles of greenway trails, acres of parks and public plazas, along with streetscapes that come alive with people, shops and restaurants.
In addition to large-scale community design, LandDesign’s integrated services model has proven advantageous for corporate campuses and headquarters complexes, downtown revitalizations, new sports-oriented developments, and recreation/resort
“Our thought leadership in the infrastructure for master-planned communities brings value to developers and communities,” adds Heth Kendrick, PLA, a LandDesign principal with expertise in community design and landscape architecture. “Unlike many architects and consultants edging into this space, we’ve shown how this strategic, cost-effective, and proven delivery method underlies LandDesign’s track record of leadership and collaboration.”
LandDesign’s award-winning projects include walkable city districts, mixed-use complexes, public open spaces, major housing developments, travel destinations, and corporate and educational campuses. The work ranges in scale from billion-dollar entertainment/retail communities and massive regional greenways to intimate resorts, charming riverwalks, and enticing rail trails. In all six regional offices, LandDesign has reported a continuing expansion of its portfolio with major master-planning projects and challenging, newsmaking commissions.
Dench adds, “Our main inspiration for integrated services is our core mission: Creating places that matter.”