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Trinity River Vision Authority- Shannon Cate

This morning I got a chance to visit with Shannon Cate, about the improvement being done along the Trinity River.

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Planning and Development Manager

 Shanna Cate has worked in planning on the Trinity River Vision project since May of 2004. She manages aspects related to urban planning and development, TRVA’s Fair Contracting program and coordinates a broad range of activities related to stakeholder, community and governmental relations.
Education
University of North Texas Denton, Texas, Master of Science Degree in Real Estate (August, 2005)
Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas, Bachelors of Business Administration Degree: Marketing Major (May, 2002)
Trinity Plan

Three bridges will span the bypass channel providing vehicles and pedestrians with access between Uptown and Northside neighborhoods.

1.5-mile-long bypass channel will be constructed to redirect flood waters around the low lying area to the north of downtown.

  • Because the bypass channel will be carrying water so quickly in times of flooding, areas where water can be stored before moving downstream will be critical. This is where valley storage comes into play. Valley storage is constructed to hold various amounts of water for short periods of time while river levels regulate after a flood.
  • Three flood gates will be installed at the portions of the river where the bypass channel and the original river intersect. These gates will remain open at most times, but can be shut during high water events – forcing water through the bypass channel.
  • A dam will be put in place near Samuels Ave. keeping the upstream water at a constant level at all times. The dam will also have a channel lock component allowing boats to travel from Marine Creek in the Stockyards all the way to Trinity Park!
Flooded homes near downtown Fort Worth in the 1949 Flood of the Clear Fork of the Trinity River. Montgomery Wards department store is seen in the distance. A horse is on one of the rooftops.

Flooded homes near downtown Fort Worth in the 1949 Flood of the Clear Fork of the Trinity River. Montgomery Wards department store is seen in the distance. A horse is on one of the rooftops.

Infrastructure needed for flood control will restore an aging industrial area once devoted to oil refining, scrap metal yards and electrical and chemical plants. When the bypass channel is completed, around 800 acres of underutilized land between the Tarrant County Courthouse and Northside Dr. will be accessible for private mixed-use development opportunities – in essence doubling the size of downtown. An envisioned 10,000 housing units and three million square feet of commercial, retail and educational space will make it possible for Fort Worth residents to live, work, play and learn near the river.
The Trinity Uptown plan will provide approximately 10 additional miles of pedestrian trails in the project area. These new trails will provide connectivity to existing trails and create linkages with neighborhoods and cultural amenities. The addition of new trails is concentrated largely along the east and west sides of the bypass channel and adjacent to the urban lake feature. The east side of the proposed bypass channel is envisioned as a “hard” edge with upper- and lower-level pedestrian walkways. These walkways will be hard surfaced and used for a variety of activities including walking, jogging, bicycling, and roller-blading. The west or “soft” edge of the bypass channel will be designed as a park-like natural setting with trails along a greenbelt. Picnic areas, park benches and landscaping will be used along the trails to create a place for the public to connect to the river and the environment. Trails are also planned in this section of greenbelt for horseback riding, and pedestrian bridges are proposed to provide easy access to the trail system.
What interested me the most:
Shannon mentioned they were creating Development Standards to maintain the cities support for urban-ism, and making sure they were only working with sustainable business, that would be maintain the integrate and support for the long run not just through the hype. They have had to decline buisness like Taco Bell and several convenience stores.
I was also interested in the entertainment and tourism that was already booming and the projects weren’t even 50% complete. Halfway through the presentation I started planning my family summer events in Fort Worth.
Anticipated Bypass - Similar to the River Walk

Anticipated Bypass – Similar to the River Walk

coyote-pr-header july4th rock the river

Amari Roskelly, LEED AP, Jacobs Engineering

A Little About LEED with Amari Roskelly

 

The Layers of Sustainability are like peeling apart the layers of an onion

The Layers of Sustainability are like peeling apart the layers of an onion

Sustainability Coordinator at Jacobs Engineering

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Sustainability Intern at Jacobs Engineering
Sustainability Grad Student at UTA
Simulation Inventory Specialist at The University of Texas at Arlington
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The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington-Amarillo College

  •  LEED is a green building tool that addresses the entire building lifecycle recognizing best-in-class building strategies.
  • LEED is a program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. Building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification
Third-party certification verifies that your project is designed, built and operating the way it was intended. It is also your first step toward managing your building through its entire lifecycle.

Third-party certification verifies that your project is designed, built and operating the way it was intended. It is also your first step toward managing your building through its entire lifecycle.

 

 

EED buildings are helping them thrive. An investment in LEED equals a lifetime of returns. LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate, reducing energy and water bills by as much as 40%. Businesses and organizations across the globe use LEED to increase the efficiency of their buildings, freeing up valuable resources that can be used to create new jobs, attract and retain top talent, expand operations and invest in emerging technologies. LEED-certified buildings give back. LEED certification increases property values and LEED buildings have faster lease-up rates and may qualify for a host of incentives like tax rebates and zoning allowances.

EED buildings are helping them thrive. An investment in LEED equals a lifetime of returns.
LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate, reducing energy and water bills by as much as 40%. Businesses and organizations across the globe use LEED to increase the efficiency of their buildings, freeing up valuable resources that can be used to create new jobs, attract and retain top talent, expand operations and invest in emerging technologies.
LEED-certified buildings give back. LEED certification increases property values and LEED buildings have faster lease-up rates and may qualify for a host of incentives like tax rebates and zoning allowances.

 

 

Sustainability for Military Bases – Fort Carson

https://www.facebook.com/SustainableMountainPost

Fort Carson will strive to become self-sustaining under a designation of "net zero" assigned by the Department of Defense. The only other overall net-zero base, meaning all services from power to water are included, is Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas.

Fort Carson will strive to become self-sustaining under a designation of “net zero” assigned by the Department of Defense. The only other overall net-zero base, meaning all services from power to water are included, is Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas.

 

The Net Zero energy designation will require Fort Carson to produce as
much energy on site as it uses. This will require aggressive
conservation and efficiency efforts, including finding ways to capture
and use waste energy and pursuing more renewable energy initiatives.

Operating as a net zero water installation, for example, means the
Mountain Post will conserve and re-purpose water. One way to achieve
this goal is to reuse gray water generated from showers and laundries
for irrigation of lawns and trees.

Additionally, Fort Carson will reduce, reuse and recover waste.
Converting appropriate waste materials into usable resources will
ultimately reduce and eliminate much of the need for costly landfill
disposal.

 

 

SOME INTERESTING LINKS:

http://www.estidama.org/

  • This rating system pays more attention to the social aspects of sustainability and is utilized globally.

The aim of the Pearl Community Rating System (PCRS) is to promote the development of sustainable communities and improve quality of life. The PCRS encourages water, energy and waste minimization, local material use and aims to improve supply chains for sustainable and recycled materials and products.

http://living-future.org/lbc

  • Encourages more self sufficient improvements
  • Several principals were derived for LEED standards
  • Concentrates on environmental impacts of development along with sustainable development

It calls for the creation of building projects at all scales that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature’s architecture. To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements, including net zero energy, waste and water, over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy

Don Ferrier, Ferrier Custom Homes (Update)

I got a chance to sit in on an updated presentation with Don Ferrier, Ferrier Custom Homes At the University of Arlington

Don Ferrier, Ferrier Custom Homes- Presentation University of Arlington Fort Worth Campus

Don Ferrier, Ferrier Custom Homes- Presentation University of Arlington Fort Worth Campus

The Highlights:

60% of consumers today are “Baby Boomers

“Baby Boomers” are really concerned with costs and safety

“Baby Boomers” are willing to spend the extra money if they can save a little in the future

“Baby Boomers” Grew up in large homes and have learned through experice and education that Greener Living is worth the extra upfront costs

Then you have “Survivalist”  They are concerned with Green Custom Built Homes, because they want to be prepared for anything especially disasters.

Don explains to us how each step in building the home leads to a more efficient home.  But with each step the next level of efficiency is often enhanced by the previous.   The air tightness of the home the insulation, a white TPO roof, hurricane ties for the roof, Hardy siding insulation and windows as well as the A/C system all lend to the benefits of the overall finished home. These benefit the homeowner with regards to insurance rates as well.  Don says the roof and other elements of the home will lower the homeowners insurance rates. Even though the home will usually cost more up front the savings more than pay for the initial investment through energy savings and insurance premiums.

Don explains to us how each step in building the home leads to a more efficient home. But with each step the next level of efficiency is often enhanced by the previous. The air tightness of the home the insulation, a white TPO roof, hurricane ties for the roof, Hardy siding insulation and windows as well as the A/C system all lend to the benefits of the overall finished home.
These benefit the homeowner with regards to insurance rates as well. Don says the roof and other elements of the home will lower the homeowners insurance rates.
Even though the home will usually cost more up front the savings more than pay for the initial investment through energy savings and insurance premiums.

We had our first home Energy Star-certified in 2000 and we’re still Energy Star certifying our homes, along with LEED, the NAHB’s National Green Building Standard, Green Built Texas, and the DOE’s Builders Challenge. Having our projects third-party certified provides hard data that our homes are constructed and perform as promised and helps differentiate us from other builders who simply claim to be building green, but have no independent party proving it. In addition, certification provides our homeowners with a marketing tool that they can use to differentiate their homes from other standard homes, which comes in handy when reselling.

We had our first home Energy Star-certified in 2000 and we’re still Energy Star certifying our homes, along with LEED, the NAHB’s National Green Building Standard, Green Built Texas, and the DOE’s Builders Challenge. Having our projects third-party certified provides hard data that our homes are constructed and perform as promised and helps differentiate us from other builders who simply claim to be building green, but have no independent party proving it. In addition, certification provides our homeowners with a marketing tool that they can use to differentiate their homes from other standard homes, which comes in handy when reselling.

 

Interesting Links:

https://chefcatreana.wordpress.com/2012/05/

HistoricTexas and Pacific Railroad Station Forth worth Texas

 

 

 

 

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A newer plan converted the building into lofts for sale and construction of a new low-rise apartment building to the east of the tower.  The lofts opened in July of 2006.  Commuter rail service started on December 3, 2001, serving as the western terminus of the Trinity Railway Express.

The Texas & Pacific Railroad merged with Missouri Pacific in 1963, and Mopac has long since been gobbled up by Union Pacific.

The station closed in 1967, when rail passenger service was taken over by Amtrak and relocated to a smaller station a few blocks away. Since then, the building has housed federal office space on the upper floors, but the lower levels have been mostly vacant.

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The main and women’s waiting rooms of this landmark building, built in 1931, were beautifully restored in 1999 and are available for party/wedding/event rental today.

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The T&P station project will be patterned after similar railroad-themed redevelopment projects in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Nashville, Tenn. 

Construction will cost about $50 million, and the developers are working on a public-private sector financing plan. Compared with building a new full-service hotel, the conversion of the historic railroad building is a bargain.

Bishop Arts District (Site Visit)

Today I got a chance to relieve some much needed academic stress I had lunch at Gloria’s with my classmates across the street from my favorite Taco Stand In Bishop Arts District. Then we got a chance to window shop and adventure in and out of some of the stores there. Bishop Arts Distinct is so beautiful now. It was interesting to see all the people walking around. It reminded me of the old Deep Elem. There were people everywhere. The district was so vibrant. This is what community/streets should feel like.

Throughout my studies I’ve heard all these theories about how a community and neighborhoods should look and feel like, but I guess it just depends on who you ask. Even though I hate Oak Cliff I would love to move closer to the District. This week I heard someone say what’s so great about Bishop Arts District; it’s nothing but a bunch of restaurants. I almost fell out of my seat. How can they say that. Obviously they don’t know oak cliff, because there are no decent restaurants with patio seating anywhere else in Oak Cliff.

I’m studying Adaptive Reuses right now and Bishop Arts District is a true reuse. Remembering old Bishop Arts District is I was bracing myself to walk in and out of a ton of antique stores, I was sooo wrong. For this blog I’m just going to post a few pictures.

Favorite Taco Stand in Dallas sorry Fuel City

This dude has a shop in Bishop Arts District… He makes these metal vest , metal masks and other stuff.

I just wanted to show how some was attempting Vertical gardening along the side of their building. You can see the string, where they’re training it up the building.

My classmate Beatris, made a good point, she pointed out that one of the buildings was two toned. We also noticed some updated wiring connected to this building.
We wondered if some of the buildings had been given face lift, but I don’t think the recent developers have done any such restorations. I bet if we dig deeper into this buildings history, we’ll find out that some previous owners of that particular building may have tried to give it a face lift. From my understanding there are now strict clauses in the leases preventing the tenants from making specific changes.

This is just another shot of Enos, the two toned building.

Sorry this picture wasn’t to clear, but I thought it was nice that they had added bike stations and respect bike rider signs.

lol… Me and my classmates tried to figure out what they would convert this building into … someone mentioned another restaurant. I suggested dry cleaners. But given the large open doors on the side, U shaped drive, it’s going to interesting to see who buys it (if it’s not already bought ) and see what adaptive reuse they will make of it.

I can’t remember what this building used to be, but it was recently converted into a dinner If you look closely you can see the window panes open like a roach coach (sorry I couldn’t think of a better way to explain) but the point is this building was really small on the inside but due to their creative seating they were able to add 10-15 extra chairs around the exterior of the restaurant. I also added this photo, because it was just another display of all the people finally hanging out in Bishop Arts District.

I tried to get a better view of this restaurant.. So you could see the interior.

I took this photo when some one pointed out that the develpoers left the trees to shade the side walks. Plus I like the way it brought out the colors in the buildings.

Super Cute >> They kept this >>> Don’t ask why I added this picture>> Just thought it was cool to see it

People every where… this is how a community/neighborhood should feel.