PUBLIC SPACES & PARKS

Public Spaces and Parks require a well-equipped landscape construction partner that is able to Think Outside. At B&D, we have successfully constructed numerous park projects in Texas. With the funding of public spaces often being through a public and private partnership, these projects typically have unique designs and challenging elements. The solutionists at B&D are armed with the skills and creativity to make these designs a reality within scope, budget, and on-time. B&D possesses a thorough understanding of the market and is able to translate the unique park designs into beautiful spaces to be enjoyed for years to come.

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Levy Park Improvements

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Levy Park was an aging facility originally given to the City of Houston in 1941, and was badly in need of an upgrade. In 2015, the Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority and District Foundation partnered to undertake funding the transformation of Levy Park into a world-class park. The 6-acre park design included activity areas, a dog park, a community garden, the Children’s Park, and beautiful landscaping. B&D was selected as the landscape construction partner. The scope included landscape and irrigation, hardscape, pavers, decorative concrete, IPE decks, metal work, playground equipment and water features.

Due to project delays, the construction schedule was heavily compressed. In order to complete the project on time, the team of over 75 B&D solutionists worked around the clock for six weeks. After weeks of overtime, the team delivered a beautiful project on time for the owner’s grand opening celebration. Levy Park reopened to rave reviews in 2017 and continues to hold free, year-round passive and active programming in wellness, the arts, education, and recreation.

Levy Park is a beautiful outdoor space and has been recognized with several awards:

  • ULI Houston Development of Distinction Award, Urban Open Space, 2018
  • ULI Houston Development of Distinction Award, People’s Choice, 2018
  • HBJ Landmark Award – Public Private Partnership, 2018
  • Paper City Design Award – Greater Good, 2018
  • ACEC Special Projects Gold Medal Winner, ACEC Texas Engineering Excellence Awards, 2018
  • ACEC National Recognition Award, ACEC National Engineering Excellence Awards, 2018
  • ASLA Texas Honor Award – Design, 2018
  • Houston Press: Best of Houston, Best New Park, 2017
  • AIA Houston Urban Design Award, 2017

Houston Zoo Gorilla Habitat

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In 2015, B&D had the privilege of working on one of the most anticipated projects in Houston: the African Gorilla Forest at the Houston Zoo. The design and construction teams worked tirelessly alongside the staff at the zoo to create two distinct spaces that span about two-thirds of an acre including an outdoor habitat and a multi-tiered night house. The forest is a state-of-the-art natural habitat with features that include a waterfall, flowing stream, natural and artificial logs, and boardwalks where visitors can get a closer look. There is also a huge, sloping berm with a dense forest and moat.

This was a unique project and attention to detail was of the utmost importance. Gorillas can use any debris over 3/8-inch to scratch and potentially break windows, so all earthwork had to use smaller-size soil particles. The civil engineers on the project developed an atypical pavement section with the geotechnical engineer using crushed granite without limestone or lime to avoid any potential damage to the plants and trees from soil stabilization. The project required extensive coordination with the architect, Houston Zoo, and Houston Parks and Recreation Department.

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