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

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

Texas A&M University Honors Barbara Austin with Leslie M. Reid Alumni Award

RVi Vice President Barbara Austin was recognized this month by her alma mater, the Texas A&M University Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences (RPTS).  The department selected Barbara as the recipient of the 2013 Leslie M. Reid Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding alumni who have gone on to achieve professional excellence. Dr. Gary Ellis, current... Read Full Post

New Senior Living Project on the Boards

RVi is excited to begin work on St. Anthony’s Gardens, a new senior living community located in Mandeville, LA. The community is being developed by CRSA, an LCS Company for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and is situated on a wooded 24–acre site. Phase I of St. Anthony’s Gardens will feature independent living apartments and a health... Read Full Post

RVi Clients, Projects Win Big at ABJ Residential Real Estate Awards

The Austin Business Journal recently announced the winners of its annual Residential Real Estate Awards. The award for Best Master Planned Community went to Teravista by Newland Communities, a project RVi has been working on since 2007.  Located in Pflugerville and Round Rock, Teravista was also the area’s top selling master planned community over the past... Read Full Post

University Engagement: The Importance of Giving Back

Crisp fall evenings at football games, late nights in the studio, endless debates over the meaning of life—it’s no exaggeration to say that most of us can, at times, be a little nostalgic about “the good old days” at the University. However, there is much more to our college experience than just pleasant memories and... Read Full Post

Chris Lalich: Globe Trotter, Certified Crafter

After visiting Iceland just last year, Project Director Chris Lalich continued his tour of countries beginning with the letter “I” with a trip to Ireland this month.  His week-long stay included stops in the cities of Dublin, Galway, Cork, and even Belfast to learn more about “The Troubles” of Northern Ireland.  Chris also visited natural... 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

RVi hosts ASLA/Austin Section Third Annual UT Student Portfolio Review

Landscape architecture students from The University of Texas at Austin gathered at RVi’s Austin office earlier this month for the 3rd Annual ASLA/Austin Section Student Portfolio Review.  Led by RVi’s Director of Design Mark Smith, the students enjoyed one-on-one critiques of their portfolios, as well as an informal networking session. Professionals from many Austin-area landscape... Read Full Post

All in Stride

Congratulations to RVi’s own Patrick McGannon, who finished the Austin Marathon earlier this month with a time of 3:39:15. The 26.2 mile course winds through some of Austin’s most famous areas, including Lady Bird Lake, the Allandale & Hyde Park neighborhoods, the UT Campus, and the State Capitol.  Patrick started training in September of last... Read Full Post