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Mueller Southwest Greenway Wins Texas ASLA Honor Award

We are excited to share the news that the Mueller Southwest Greenway has received an Honor Award from the ASLA Texas Chapter. RVi’s own Barbara Austin accepted the award together with Pam Hefner of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department. The award was presented at the Texas ASLA Conference Awards Reception in San Antonio... Read Full Post

Ramping Up with Context Sensitive Solutions for US 290 and SH 45 SW

It is no surprise to long-time Austin residents that our city’s population boom is causing serious congestion on local roads. The good news is that regional transportation authorities are working hard to address this growth and have begun work on two much-needed transportation projects in the Austin area: the Oak Hill Parkway (US 290 West)... Read Full Post

New Master Planned Community Emerging in Dripping Springs

Earlier this month, Dripping Springs City Council approved the development agreement for Caliterra, a new master planned community that will be located off Ranch Road 12 one mile south of Highway 290 in Dripping Springs. Caliterra features majestic hill country views and a very scenic portion of Onion Creek which traverses the site near the... Read Full Post

How Can Open Space Add Value to Real Estate Development?

Preserving open space in communities is often a balancing act between maximizing developable land and creating value – both monetary and intangible – for all parties involved. Urban Land Magazine explored this dichotomy in a recent article featuring interviews with five community development experts – including RVi President Chris Crawford. The article explored trends in... Read Full Post

St. Edward's Science Building Receives AEGB 3-Star Rating

Austin Energy Green Building has awarded a 3-Star Rating to the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences and Technology Center – South Building at St. Edward’s University. The building, designed by Moore Rubel Yudell Architects and STG Design, includes a host of sustainable features such as energy efficient fixtures, locally-sourced materials, and low-emitting materials. The landscape... 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

Proposed Jacob's Well Master Plan Debuts at Public Open House

Over the past few months, RVi has been working with Hays County and a group of stakeholders consisting of local residents, current volunteers on site, county staff, and elected officials to develop a master plan for the 81.6-acre Jacob’s Well Natural Area in Wimberley, Texas.  The draft of the master plan will be presented to... Read Full Post