February 11, 2011 Re: Mixed-use Project in Milwaukee To whom it may concern, As one of the nations premier landscape architecture and planning firms, with a history of developing dynamic mixed-use environments in urban settings, TBG Partners has demonstrated its ability to help create distinguished mixed-use projects with long-term value. Accordingly, we have become aware of this exciting mixed-use project in Milwaukee and we are eager to share our interest and credentials. In recent years TBG has played an integral role in developing mixed-use projects throughout the nation and beyond. Some of these projects include Market Street at The Woodlands, an awardwinning, 35-acre lifestyle center north of Houston; Watters Creek, a unique take on the traditional town center in Allen, Texas; the Harbor, an award-winning development along the lakefront in Rockwall, Texas; Domain II, a bustling live/work/play development conceived as Austinâ€™s second downtown; and the Imperial Sugar Tract, which is transforming the historic Imperial Sugar Refinery in Sugar Land, Texas, into a vibrant mixed-use development with rich historical character. These are just a sample along with other projects that have made an extraordinary impact on their communities while delivering great value to their owners. TBG has had the privilege to work with a variety of talented consultant firms on these various projects, including Baltimore-based Development Design Group (DDG) on the Watters Creek and Market Street at The Woodlands developments. This collaboration produced great success and TBG has enjoyed its opportunity to work closely with Dustin Watson and the entire DDG team. Please find additional information about our firm herein. We look forward to future correspondence and appreciate your time.
Bill Odle Managing Principal
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Market Street at the Woodlands - The Woodlands, Texas
Firm Profile Founded on a commitment to design excellence, TBG Partners is one of the premier landscape architecture and planning firms in the nation. The firm’s dedication to innovative design has resulted in some of the most distinguished landscape projects across the world. An employee-owned corporation, TBG has enjoyed remarkable success thanks to the firm’s extraordinary talent. This dedicated group of 80-plus professionals based throughout Texas includes experts in landscape architecture, planning and environmental graphic design who are led by the firm’s 17 principals. TBG creates places that celebrate life, resulting in living outdoor legacies in the areas of healthcare, higher education, hospitality, historic sites, corporate campuses, civic projects, mixed-use developments and residential communities. TBG’s award-winning and internationally recognized projects demonstrate the value and success of the firm’s approach.
Mixed-Use Environments Market Street at The Woodlands – The Woodlands, Texas TBG employed a small-town Texas aesthetic to generate urban appeal at Market Street at The Woodlands, creating a long-absent town center with a dynamic sense of history. This 35-acre, mixed-use lifestyle center is a walkable, pedestrian-oriented development incorporating activated, historicized urban streetscapes, each of which is uniquely tailored to relate to a specific period in Texas history, creating a distinct sense of place. TBG’s design for Market Street combines a central park, stylized courtyards, interactive water features and site furnishings to develop prominent and accommodating points of interest throughout the site while respecting The Woodlands’ established development regulations. Now a hub of community activity, Market Street is host to weekly jazz concerts, community festivals and holiday gatherings. Market Street has received an array of awards since its completion, including a 2007 Honor Award from the Texas chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
Domain II – Austin, Texas Domain II is the second phase of a walkable, mixed-use development in north Austin with innovative features and outdoor places of interest. Domain II’s linear nature allowed for an axial promenade to seamlessly link the succession of spaces. Rain gardens traverse both sides of a central spiral fountain, serving as vegetated corridors that offer visual interest and provide multiple stages of biofiltration. Additional elements include a radial fire pit area enclosed by a 30-foot-long seat wall exhibiting the mosaic “Hill Country Birds,” a multipurpose, depressed activity lawn, performance areas and integrated seating throughout.
Watters Creek – Allen, Texas TBG provided site planning and landscape architectural services for Watters Creek, a 42.7-acre, mixed-use lifestyle development in Allen, Texas. An innovative take on the traditional town center, TBG’s landscape design creates a resort-style atmosphere through the use of embellished streetscapes that foster a walkable shopping and entertainment experience. A number of promenades link various residential, retail, entertainment and office components while an existing natural pond and creek integrate into the site’s open space, resulting in a relaxing public environment for both passive and active use.
Seaholm Power Plant Redevelopment – Austin, Texas TBG is part of the project team assembled to plan and design the redevelopment of Seaholm Power Plant and its surrounding site in downtown Austin. A dynamic, around-the-clock environment is envisioned for the site where residents and visitors can live, work and play. The reuse concept for this Art Deco building incorporates commercial, retail and exhibition space into an existing cultural setting. The site redevelopment will include the erection of a two-story commercial structure and a 10-story residential and hotel tower featuring ground-floor retail linked to Seaholm by an outdoor plaza. In addition, the site design links Seaholm to the Town Lake trail system and includes a transit hub anticipating the arrival of Austin’s light rail system. Seaholm is seeking LEED® certification.
Spectrum â€“ Pearland, Texas Spectrum is a sustainably minded planned development that capitalizes on a prominent location and its infrastructure to create growth through technology, entertainment and leisure opportunities. The project site enjoys convenient access to downtown Houston, is the largest and most-accessible tract near the heart of Houston, and has natural features including lakes, trees and Clear Creek. The development will include distinct districts including a lakeshore leisure district with fine dining, mid-rise residential towers, and a hotel and conference center; a city center with retail and event facilities; a technology and innovation cluster based on smart grid technology with R&D facilities; and other districts offering an inviting mix of uses.
Imperial Sugar Tract – Sugar Land, Texas The historic Imperial Sugar refinery is undergoing a transformation into a vibrant mixed-use development that pays homage to its rich historical character while incorporating modern amenities and environmental sensibilities. TBG’s master plan will adaptively reuse the brownfield site’s existent infrastructure—factories, warehouses, smoke stacks, machinery, etc.—to create a dynamic environment with enhanced social, cultural, environmental and economic character. This long-term project stems from a robust public-private partnership and seeks to meet objectives for historic preservation, aesthetics and economic development. The project includes the preservation of a large on-site wetland, and Oyster Creek meanders through the site, providing opportunities for compelling views and activities along the waterfront.
Urban Lifestyle Developments The Austonian â€“ Austin, Texas For the 56-story residential high-rise, The Austonian, TBG created a development strategy that will increase density and promote a greater mix of uses and connectivity in the cityâ€™s central business district. In addition, TBG provided landscape architectural and sustainable design services, developing terraces on the 10th and 55th floors that incorporate green roof and rainwater-harvesting systems, native and adaptive plants, gardens, private cabanas, pools, hot tubs, fountains, fire places and a dog park.
Solis Hotel Doha – Doha, Qatar Solis Hotel Doha is a bold and contemporary resort destination that will be a lavish vacation getaway in Qatar. Set within a bustling urban environment with significant street frontage and many retail outlets, Solis features a landscape design that uniquely responds to the architect’s design concept while integrating the intricate details of Islamic culture. In addition to responding to the architect’s modern design and Qatari culture, the landscape design had to withstand the setting’s hot, arid climate, which resulted in a sophisticated and welcoming design with abundant shade opportunities.
Park Seventeen – Dallas, Texas Working with the architect, TBG created an urban landscape design for Park Seventeen, a mixed-use high-rise complex that includes 17,000 square feet of fine dining and retail space, a 25-story residential tower and a 19-story office tower with amenity deck. The modern design complements existing architecture in the surrounding neighborhoods and provides tenants dramatic views of downtown Dallas and the much-anticipated Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge designed by renowned bridge architect Santiago Calatrava. TBG’s design includes an infinity edge pool, wood deck, terraced areas with artificial turf lawn, plant material, pavers, concrete and other hardscape elements—all furnished with sun chairs and other outdoor accoutrements.
Hunt Consolidated Headquarters – Dallas, Texas TBG developed an extraordinary plan for Hunt Consolidated’s Dallas headquarters that articulates the relationship between architecture and landscape, built and organic, interior and exterior. The design is emphasized by coordinated interior and exterior fountain designs and a seamless integration between the outdoor environs and interior spaces. The choreographed elliptical fountain wrapping the building’s front facade seemingly permeates the tower’s downstairs lobby, while an eighth-floor rooftop garden affords an inimitable space with stunning vistas and an array of native and adaptive plants. Drought-tolerant plants were used exclusively and are watered by a highly efficient drip irrigation system.
Saint Ann Court â€“ Dallas, Texas Standing 26 stories tall, Saint Ann Court instantly became the tallest building in Uptown Dallas upon completion in fall 2009. This bold high-rise office tower features two 2,500-square-foot roof terraces that function as outdoor gathering rooms and can accommodate small meetings as well as office-wide events. The terraces offer comfortable, safe and usable outdoor space of a refined aesthetic. Overhead trellises, raised pedestal paver walkways, plantings with minimal water needs, and raised Ipe decking with granite accent bands and granite pot pedestals define the spaces. One of the 23rd floor terraces offers panoramic views of downtown Dallas and Victory Park while the other looks out onto Uptown and Park Cities.
University of Texas Brackenridge Tract - Austin, Texas
Bill Odle, ASLA Principal During his more than 15 years with TBG, Bill Odle has provided pivotal leadership in business development, fostering continued growth within the firm by developing successful relationships with TBGâ€™s client base. As Managing Principal of the Houston office, Bill oversees the creative process for all phases of project development, emphasizing client goals while working with the project team to develop sophisticated solutions. In addition, Bill is specifically passionate about designing mixed-use and lifestyle developments, where story-driven designs create dynamic places for people. EDUCATION Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Oklahoma State University, 1995 AFFILIATIONS American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Urban Land Institute (ULI) Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) Rice Design Alliance Houston Downtown Alliance Emerging Leaders of Houston Downtown Alliance Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce US Green Building Council (USGBC) SELECTED PROJECT EXPERIENCE Market Street at The Woodlands - The Woodlands, Texas Town Center at Sienna Plantation - Missouri City, Texas Astrodome Redevelopment - Houston, Texas Imperial Sugar Land Tract Redevelopment - Sugar Land, Texas Spring Trails - Spring, Texas Bridgeland - Houston, Texas Riverstone - Missouri City, Texas Telfair - Sugar Land, Texas Bandera Pointe Retail - San Antonio, Texas Century Oaks - Houston, Texas La Frontera - Austin, Texas Christus St. Catherine Hospital - Katy, Texas Womanâ€™s Hospital of Texas - Houston, Texas 27
Dallas Convention Center Hotel - Dallas, Texas (rendering by 5G)
Resumes Jim Manskey, ASLA Principal Jim Manskey serves as a principal in TBG’s Dallas office and works on complex projects ranging from mixed-use developments and corporate campuses to high-end resorts and planned communities. He brings 30 years’ experience to each project and excels at creating a unique sense of place that responds to site context, local culture, community and the setting’s innate character. Jim combines a sophisticated design approach with a keen ability to develop and refine the project vision, leading to compelling solutions with many experiences. He has been an integral part of TBG’s Dallas office for more than a decade, and his talent and leadership have been critical to the successful development of many distinguished and award-winning projects. EDUCATION Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Texas A&M University, 1979 REGISTRATION Landscape Architect - State of Texas, 1981 Landscape Architect - State of Oklahoma, 2002 Certified by the Council of Landscape Architects
AFFILIATIONS American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) American Institute of Architects (AIA) Urban Land Institute (ULI) Dallas Real Estate Council
SELECTED PROJECT EXPERIENCE Park 17 - Dallas, Texas Watters Creek - Allen, Texas Granite Park III Office Tower - Plano, Texas Market Street Flowood - Flowood, Mississippi Dallas Design District - Dallas, Texas Saint Ann Court - Dallas, Texas Fluor World Headquarters - Las Colinas, Texas Hall Office Park - Frisco, Texas Heartland Trails - Kaufman County, Texas Cisco Richardson Development Center - Richardson, Texas Tulsa Heart Hospital - Tulsa, Oklahoma JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa - San Antonio, Texas Cabo Del Sol - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Mandarin Oriental - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 29
Dallas Convention Center Hotel - Dallas, Texas (rendering by 5G)
Drew Mengwasser, ASLA, LEED AP Principal As Principal in Charge of design, Drew Mengwasser oversees the design studios in TBG’s Houston office, guiding his teams through the creation of sophisticated design solutions. He endeavors to create spaces with a distinct sense of place inspired by a shared vision, which is developed from site context, users and clients, and aesthetic and functional needs. Drew joined TBG in 1999 and has more than 17 years’ experience working on a broad range of projects locally and internationally.
EDUCATION Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Texas A&M University, 1993 REGISTRATION Landscape Architect - State of Texas, 1995 Landscape Architect - State of Alabama, 2007 USGBC LEED Accredited Professional
AFFILIATIONS American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) US Green Building Council (USGBC)
SELECTED PROJECT EXPERIENCE Market Street at the Woodlands - The Woodlands, Texas Hall Office Park - Frisco, Texas Cisco Systems Richardson Development Center - Richardson, Texas Telfair - Sugar Land, Texas Sienna Plantation - Missouri City, Texas The Harbor at Rockwall - Rockwall, Texas Sam Houston State University Campus Mall - Huntsville, Texas Heritage - Alliance, Texas Mayor Bob Bolen Plaza - Fort Worth, Texas University of St. Thomas Campus Life Mall -Houston, Texas Woman’s Hospital of Texas - Houston, Texas Little River Casino Resort - Manistee, Michigan Wind Creek Casino Resort - Atmore, Alabama Riverside Casino Resort - Wetumpka, Alabama Make-A-Wish Foundation North Texas Regional Headquarters - Irving, Texas 31
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