Texas Real Estate Business

OCT 2017

Texas Real Estate Business magazine covers the multifamily, retail, office, healthcare, industrial and hospitality sectors in Texas.

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www.REBusinessOnline.com Texas Real Estate Business • October 2017 • 53 build mixed-use projects like CityLine in Richardson, Legacy West in Plano and Frisco Station in Frisco. "A mixed-use development is more sustainable for the long haul than single use, and that plays to people's interest for a more varied environment where people live in the same place where they shop," says Gunning. One of the recent mixed-use proj- ects that CallisonRTKL has helped shape is the redesign of the old Lone Star Brewery in San Antonio. The for- mer brewery is being reimagined as a destination called Lone Star Brewery District. The brewery's former own- ers moved it to Fort Worth in the early 1990s; the property has been closed since that time. "The result is a truly authentic en- vironment, repurposed into shopping, dining, hotel, cinema, residential, all within the context of an historic and iconic Texas brand," says Gunning. A Rise in Innovation Like Lone Star Brewery District, sev- eral adaptive reuse projects are tak- ing shape across Texas. In opposition to the suburban sprawl of years past, the general public seems to have a newfound sense of respect for historic structures, and architects are capital- izing on the individuality that these projects foster. "Adaptive reuse gives us an oppor- tunity to rethink the entire base line of these buildings and apply innovations that speak to the fu- ture of city blocks," says Getto-Aikens of HKS. Omniplan recently added a restaurant complex and board- walk to a suburban office park in Plano that was built in the 1990s. Omniplan's Housewright says the new addition to the existing office park, dubbed Board- walk at Granite Park, has brought a new energy to the development. "It gave it new life and new rel- evance to the market," says House- wright. New additions to existing projects are in vogue, as they often bring a sense of community to a development that is otherwise lacking in common spaces. More than ever, architects are activating the outdoors in their design plans as developers are all requesting open spaces that can be programmed for concerts, festivals, food markets or simply outdoor gathering spaces. "The market is evolving. At one time, the central, signature space of a project was designed to be a nice place to walk through on rare occasions. To- day, it needs to serve as an outdoor liv- ing room for the entire development," says Gunning. "That's both a design challenge and also a design opportu- nity. Creating memorable moments within those kinds of spaces is almost required today, and owners know they need to invest more in those spaces." In the south Houston market of Friendswood, Omniplan designed the central lawn space at Baybrook Mall. The green space hosts events such as family movie nights, which are held on Tuesday nights in the summer and early fall. Health and wellness are also vital to new developments as consumers are becoming more health-conscious. Architects are incorporating features such as hiking and biking trails into their projects in order to satisfy that demand. "Health and wellness is a key attri- bute to consider because it's an expec- tation from the public," says Gunning. "It's such an important part of every- one's life today, more so than it was 10 to 20 years ago." CallisonRTKL's design of the 242- acre Frisco Station includes a green belt running through the develop- ment, which features hiking and bik- ing trails that run off of it and connect to other uses. A new trend in design that archi- tects are now planning for is the use of social media. Developers are able to track how often people are posting their projects on Facebook and Insta- gram, which are become a promotion- al tool for restaurants and hotels. "People want to be photographed within that signature space. Thinking about how people in your space will use social media adds another layer of complexity that we as designers have to make sure we don't forget about," says Gunning. "The 'Instagrammable moment' is fun to think about and de- sign for." n Marsha Getto- Aikens HKS

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