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

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

Courtyard Goes WILD (Basin)

This month’s spotlight features an exciting new project at St. Edward’s University – the John Brooks Williams Natural Science and Technology Center – South Building. RVi has worked closely with Sasaki Associates for more than 10 years on the St. Edward’s University master plan, helping enhance the campus’ outdoor spaces and is working closely with... Read Full Post