The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
Master Plan Implementation for the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Phases 1 & 2 includes the development a new parking loop and entrance off of the 610 feeder road, remodel of the original entrance, addition of a new parking loop, creation of new trails and sidewalks, improvement of the landscape and restoration of the ecosystem. Additionally, the project included the installation of two new water features to assist with storm-water drainage, a boardwalk over the Savannah, fiberglass low water crossings, and a boardwalk over the new pond. The 75 acres of site work required meticulous understanding and flexibility of layout.
The efforts to restore and protect the natural property and expand current education program at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center operated under the SITES Gold-Certification Standard for sustainable development. The project team created on-site methods to achieve 135 of 200 possible points for the sustainable development certification, earned through initiatives such as reducing fuel emissions by providing a fuel tank with low sulfur fuel for all subs to share, protecting vegetation and soil from construction impacts, hiring a local workforce, carefully selecting materials that have a minimal impact on the environment, minimizing the introduction of invasive species by enforcing a clean boots and equipment policy, reusing and recycling materials and more. If approved for this level of certification, it will be the first project in Houston to achieve this level and position Forney as a leader in sustainable construction in our city. To learn more about the conservation efforts, click here to view the Houston Arboretum and Nature’s Center production “We Are the Fire.”
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