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Welcome to our blog, where we share all the things that inspire, motivate, and define us.

RVi Volunteers for Austin Parks

Earlier this month, RVi participated in It’s My Park Day, the Austin Parks Foundation’s largest city-wide volunteer event. This annual occasion brings together thousands of volunteers who work to improve parks and greenbelts throughout the city. RVi had the opportunity to clear brush and spread mulch at one of our very own projects, Roy G. Guerrero... Read Full Post

Hooked on Mueller - Trout Fishing Event

This Sunday, February 2nd, Mueller Lake Park is hosting a fun day of rainbow trout fishing starting at 10am. Texas Parks and Wildlife will be stocking the lake with over 1,000 rainbow trout for you to catch and bring home. There will also be market vendors demonstrating how to prepare the fish and selling side... Read Full Post

RViers Lend a Hand with Student Design Competiton

Entries were due this week for the 12th Annual ULI Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition, a program that challenges teams of graduate students to create a comprehensive development proposal for an existing site in two short weeks. Teams are composed of five students representing the architecture, planning, real estate, and business fields. Each team... Read Full Post

Pflugerville Pushes New Parks Plan

This month, RVi was featured in the Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition of the Community Impact Newspaper. RVi is currently working closely with the City of Pflugerville to create a plan for developing hundreds of acres of parkland and increasing inter-connectivity among existing trails. With 14 potential parks identified in 10 areas for development, RVi aims to determine... Read Full Post

Project Update: Pflugerville Parks & Trails Planning Underway

RVi held its first public meeting last week on the path toward developing the Trails Master Plan and Park Development Plans for 14 individual sites in the City of Pflugerville. RVi’s own Barbara Austin, Chris Lalich, Paul Cozzolino, and Jenn Engelke presented at the Parks Commission Workshop. With the project currently in the analysis phase,... Read Full Post

Employment Driving the Deal

There’s no denying the positive buzz surrounding Texas right now. The state is experiencing substantial growth, and major cities like Austin, San Antonio, and Houston consistently rank highly on many lists for job creation, quality of life, business friendliness, and many other positive indicators. This attractive environment helped Texas weather the recent economic downturn much... Read Full Post

On the Boards: RVi Selected for Park and Trail Planning Project

RVi is excited to begin working with the City of Pflugerville on a project aimed at guiding future development of the City’s park and trail system.  The first component of the project will involve the creation of a city-wide Trail Master Plan, which will determine future trail locations and trail design standards.  For the second... Read Full Post

8 Key Principles for Successful Master Planned Communities

Since opening our doors in Austin in 1982, RVi has been involved in designing many types of master planned communities. In retrospect, we’ve weathered the ups and the downs of a sometimes volatile real estate market and we’ve seen residential development trends come and go.  We’ve also observed that a number of the planning principles... Read Full Post

So...You Want a Waterfall? Building Consensus for Public Projects

Over the past three decades, RVi has been involved in dozens of projects that have both required and benefited from the public input process.  During this time, we have strengthened our understanding of the process and refined our techniques.  As RVi approaches its 30th anniversary, we decided to reflect on the lessons we’ve learned and... Read Full Post