Hughes Landing



  • 950 trees were planted.
  • 9 acres of forested area was saved and maintained on-site.


  • Land mitigation allows the lake, adjacent boat ramps and some landscape to fill with water, keeping residential and commercial spaces unharmed. In April 2016, a major flood revealed the landscape performance to be a success.
  • Trees have the potential for intercepting 475,000 gallons of water which are equivalent to the water usage for 4,750 American residents for one day.*

Carbon, Energy + Air

  • The project reduces light pollution.
  • The planting strategy reduces temperatures in urban areas.
  • The trees sequester 114,000 pounds of carbon annually, which offset an average car driving 155,0787 miles.**

* The average for water interception by a tree is 500 gallons. American’s use an average of 100 gallons of water per day (EPA’s water trivia facts)

** 120 pounds of CO2 per tree annually (This number is based on an average from the National Tree Benefits Calculator) One car produces an average of 8,320 pounds of CO2 per year. Each vehicle drives an average of 11,318 miles per year. (The Code of Federal Regulations - 40 CFR 600.113)

Hughes Landing

Hughes Landing, a 66-acre dynamic mixed-use waterfront development, is a pedestrian-oriented place, focused on a lifestyle concept of “live, work, play and stay.” From restaurants, shops, hotels, office buildings, a dog park and performance pavilion, to kayak rentals, boardwalks, trails, botanical gardens, eagle nest preserve and much more, this urban village truly has something for everyone. The thriving community is located on the east side of Lake Woodlands.

Hughes Landing was designed to create a truly useful space and multi-faceted benefits for all citizens. The pedestrian realm has been broken down into several zones, including the amenity zone, sidewalk, and café zone. The amenity zone includes appropriately scaled roadway and pedestrian lighting, street trees and perennial planting, benches, trash receptacles and decorative paving. The sidewalk zone provides a clearly defined accessible path, and the café zone provides a buffer zone from the sidewalk where outdoor dining and retail spill out into the walkway, activating the streets. This pedestrian-oriented street, also known as “the mews,” leads directly to the public waterfront park. 

The primary green space is an 11,500-SF event lawn that can seat 1,000 people for festivals or other occasions. A pavilion sits on a 2,500-SF plaza and accommodates events and community gatherings both large and small. The boardwalk was designed to follow around the lake and includes benches, public viewpoints, and connectivity to the Woodlands trail system. 

OJB and the design team incorporated many sustainable principles, mitigating various environmental hurdles and building to LEED-certified standards. Nine acres of forested area were saved and maintained on-site, while an additional 950 trees were planted to provide shade and a sense of establishment. A rain garden was also designed and implemented to help slow the flow of stormwater.

Location: The Woodlands, TX
Awards: ICSC U.S. Design and Development Awards: Sustainable Gold Award
Photo Credit: Ted Washington, Scott Blons