Springwoods Village CityPlace

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Land

  • The historic context of the site was considered, as the project redeveloped a degraded site.
  • The design conserved five acres of existing pine forests.
  • Roadways are lined with trees which act as a buffer to sound and vehicular pollution.
  • Areas impacted by construction were reforested.
  • A series of erosion control methods were implemented, including LID strategies, open drainage swales, erosion control blankets until native grasses matured, and rip rap along the water’s edge.
  • The project conserved healthy soils and amended others.

Planting

  • 100% native and adaptive Gulf Coast plants, including water oaks and bald cypress for flood protection.
  • Aquatic planting filters stormwater runoff into the lakes.
  • 7,500 trees were planted.
  • 400 trees were preserved by the hospital.
  • The design fostered habitat creation.

Water

  • The project conserved healthy soils and amended others.
  • The project was designed to respond well to a major flood, with eight interconnected ponds allowing for eight feet of water fluctuation for detention.
  • Stormwater is collected, distributed to the treatment plant, and reused for irrigation.
  • Stormwater features function as amenities, through the use of bio-retention and detention.
  • Trees have the potential for intercepting 3.75 million gallons of water which are equivalent to the water usage for 37,500 American residents for one day.*

Carbon, Energy + Air

  • The project uses regional materials.
  • Stormwater is collected for irrigation.
  • The trees sequester 900,000 pounds of carbon annually, which offset 108.5 cars per year **

Economic

  • The property values changed on the south corner from $12 per square foot in 2013 to $13 per square foot in 2015, a 10.4% increase in two years.
  • The median price for homes has jumped nearly $100,000 in three years, from $260,000 in December of 2010 to $355,000 in December of 2014.
  • Property value has increased based on landscape strategy for water mitigation. HCAD labeled Appr O/R factor at 100-year-floodplain or floodway.

Waste

  • The existing pine forest was reused for mulch.
  • Rip rap was locally sourced.

Social

  • The park offers 46 miles of trails which link to the Spring Creek Greenway, connecting the community. The new development will accommodate 1,200 residents.
  • Sustainable awareness and education are promoted on-site through educational programs, specifically of bat dwellings.

* The tree average for water interception 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. (The Code of Federal Regulations - 40 CFR 600.113)

Springwoods Village CityPlace

Springwoods Village CityPlace is a 60-acre pedestrian-friendly urban district featuring office, retail, residential, and open spaces. The community is designed to balance nature, urbanism and diversity, transforming how people live, work, and play. The town center is designed around a plaza, designed by OJB, which includes a water feature, restaurants and a flexible green space.

Located adjacent to the town center and vibrant plaza is CityPlace Park. The park integrates with the area’s natural ecosystem; it is built around a preserved forest habitat and new drainage corridor which assists with the site’s stormwater collection. Water management was the largest challenge on site. 8 interconnected ponds allow for an 8’ water fluctuation on site, which accommodate a 100 year flood event. Working directly with the Army Corps of Engineers, excess water runs underground to Spring Creek.  Springwoods Village CityPlace Lake is the first drainage corridor/park system from Interstate 45, and acts as one of three of the community’s drainage corridor systems.

OJB designed a public amenity out of the detention system. The thoughtfully planned landscape design consists of a series of beautiful lakes, waterfalls and open activity areas that provide many opportunities for visitors and residents alike. The multi-use trails connect to adjacent properties, nearby business and recreation venues, as well as boardwalks and jetties for people to integrate with nature. 

The design includes 100% native and adaptive Gulf Coast plants, along with aquatic planting to filter stormwater runoff into the lakes. The lake’s water is recirculated for various pond features and water is drawn from the ponds to be used for on-site irrigation. A series of sustainable practices are incorporated into the site’s design, which not only meet the community’s guidelines, but also serves the community in an environmentally conscious manner and creates a resilient space and social commodity.

OJB designed the Community Master Plan, as well as the landscape for the Town Center, Plaza and CityPlace Park.

PROJECT INFORMATION
Location:
Spring, TX
Team: CDC Houston, Harris County Improvement District #18, Patrinely Group
Awards: National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA) 2018 Green Infrastructure Award