Bridgeland, Harris County, Texas
Bridgeland is one of the largest master planned communities to be started in the Houston area in more than 30 years. This 12,000-acre development will eventually be home to 65,000 residents. General Growth Properties sought to preserve and enhance the natural surroundings for the Bridgeland community. The project’s distinguishing features include:
- One-of-a-Kind Waterway—A first in a Texas residential development, Bridgeland’s 1,000-acre system of interconnected lakes and streams adds aesthetic and recreational value while functioning as an efficient stormwater collection and conveyance system.
- Innovative Hydrologic Design—During a time of regulatory transition and no existing precedent, a new hydrologic analysis process and design were developed by adapting modeling used for large natural water networks to tailor the waterway/drainage system to serve current and future needs and fully mitigate downstream impacts.
- Unique Roadways—New standards were set with Bridgeland’s neighborhood roundabout street design and application of a reduced 25-foot street width that lowers concrete heat index and preserves green space.
- Economical Majestic Bridges—Signature bridges were built using pre-fabricated concrete culverts clad with brick, achieving a stately look and saving $2 million.
Up to 13 separate municipal utility districts will serve single-family residential, multi-family, and commercial developments with water supply and distribution, sewage collection and treatment, and stormwater drainage. Development services include engineering design phases, contract phase administration, construction staking, project representation, construction observations to determine compliance with bid documents, construction layout, and topographical surveying.
The project infrastructure includes:
- More than 800 acres of commercial and retail development
- More than 6,000 acres of residential development
- More than 1,000 acres of detention/amenity lakes
- More than 1,500 acres of landscape reserves and green-belt corridors