Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Let's get started already - in downtown New Braunfels

In hopes that the downtown New Braunfels master plan does more than sit on the shelf, resident Sofia Baltadano de Wilbert said it best. “Let’s get started already. There are so many things that we can improve.” Torti Gallas, Capital Market Research, TND Engineering and BWM Group are pleased to have drafted the plan and hope to see it implemented as well. The picture above shows the current pedestrian environment that links their charming downtown square to the beautiful Comal River. Guess which phase we suggest for the W. San Antonio Street pedestrian improvements? Read the full article about the community's response here.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Texas Counties Award Brushy Creek Regional Trail

The Brushy Creek Regional Trail has done it again. Williamson County has received its fifth major award: an Innovative Best Practices Award from the Texas Association of Counties. In addition to its aesthetic and recreational appeal, the unseen virtue is that six public entities were able to work together and come up with a plan that benefits the entire region. BWM congratulates Williamson County and Jim Rodgers on a job well done. As master planner and designer, we are honored to have participated in this valuable community asset.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Seaholm Power Plant is a Great Place

We didn't create this place -- but recognize one when we see it. The developers for the reuse of Seaholm Power Plant and the City of Austin hosted ACL after parties at the future mixed use development this weekend. The organizers used the smoke stacks as an architectural canvas painting with lights and hues that pulsed along with the music. It was a fantastic artistic display for downtown Austin. It was also a wonderful reminder about the great places that are created with the right lighting.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Reduce - Reuse - Recycle [your old college apartment]

BWM Group has had the pleasure of working with the Renaissance Properties to design the renovation of the Townhomes @ Riverside Grove. Originally built in the early 1970's the interior layouts were dated and not code compliant. The exterior was deteriorated and aesthetically uninspiring. BWM identified major updates for the facility with extreme respect to the budget. Renaissance is able to offer an affordable housing product with units starting at $130k. Take a peek yourself at the before and after images. Wow.