CityPlace

  • Location
    Spring, TX
  • Completion Date
    December, 2018
  • Size
    32 acres
  • Team
    A joint venture of Patrinely Group, USAA Real Estate and CDC Houston
    Civil Engineer: Walter P. Moore
    Structural Engineer: Cardno
    MEP Engineer: Wylie Consulting Engineers
    Lighting Designer: Chartersills
    Irrigation Designer: Sweeney & Associates
    Signage + Wayfinding Designer: Selbert Perkins Design
  • Awards
    • 2018: National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA) Green Infrastructure Award
  • Photography
    Geoff Lyon, Gensler, ShauLin Hon, Vicheka Im

About

By planning for an entire 1800-acre site as a low impact green infrastructure, Springwoods Village is designated as an improvement district. To address significant and frequent flooding – and a warmer and wetter future – water management of the entire site is managed through a drainage corridor system. A series of detention basins and ponds throughout the site are transformed from utilitarian to amenities.

At the center is a 60-acre pedestrian-friendly urban district, which features office, retail, residential, and open spaces. The community is designed to balance nature, urbanism and diversity, transforming how people live, work, and play.

The shared open linear City Place Park is a 32-acre open space composed of waterfalls, bridges, and trails, with ipé boardwalks threading through a landscape planted with buffalo grass, prairie wildrye, and Texas cupgrass, as well as cypress, water oak trees, and loblolly pines.

Multi-use trails connect to adjacent properties, nearby businesses 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 used for on-site irrigation.

Simple weir structures mark a change in elevation between the stormwater ponds, generating waterfalls during and after storm events. Aquatic plants mitigate impurities such as fertilizers and inhibit algae growth. Shrubs, grasses and wildflowers filter heavy pollutants and slow the flow of water.

The ponds hold about 50 million gallons of water under typical conditions and 126 million gallons during storm conditions.

The terraced park is composed of rolling lawn, punctuated by wooden platforms and stone stair elements. These elements create a comfortable stage for gatherings of all kinds.

Moveable furnishings and game areas support all kinds of community events and activities. Flush pavers and lawn work together to create a platform for gathering.

CityPlace in the Lab

CityPlace

CityPlace

  • LAND
  • PLANTING
  • WATER
  • SOCIAL

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of water potentially intercepted by the trees, which is equivalent to the water usage for 37,500 American residents in one day

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of new trails linking to the Spring Creek Greenway for the development’s 1200 new residents

LAND

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of existing pine forests preserved on site

PLANTING

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new trees planted on site, including water oaks and bald cypress for flood protection

WATER

0gal

of water potentially intercepted by the trees, which is equivalent to the water usage for 37,500 American residents in one day

SOCIAL

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of new trails linking to the Spring Creek Greenway for the development’s 1200 new residents