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Railport Business Park – Midlothian, Texas – Dallas/Fort Worth Area

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Railport Business Park

Client: Midlothian Development Authority

Project Cost: $80 Million

Service: Land Development, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Staking/GPS/Platting, Hydrology & Hydraulics, Transportation, Design

Practice: Transportation, Construction Services, Municipal & District Services, Hydrology & Hydraulics, Site Development, Planning, Surveying

Location: Midlothian, Texas


Challenges: Varying criteria for use, acreage, and dimensional requirements impact each potential user differently in regard to purchase and development of property within the business park. Since the inception of the park over 17 years ago, J|C’s involvement and focus has been on assisting potential users as they explore the viability of the unique site for their own, specific needs.


Solutions: J|C has worked closely with the property owner and Midlothian Development Authority to create a dynamic master plan allowing for maximum and best use of the land, while providing a wealth of amenities to prospective tenants. While the development plan is specific, the fluidity built into the plan has created a working document that widens the pool of industries that are able to consider establishing a facility on the grounds.


Description: RailPort Business Park is a 1,700 acre development in Midlothian, Texas providing an optimum geographical position and amenities suited to large-scale distribution and manufacturing operations. Zoned for heavy industrial, light commercial, and foreign trade, and boasting an enviable location just south of the burgeoning Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, the business park features dual rail service provided by Union Pacific and BNSF, and availability of high pressure 24″ natural gas transmission pipelines, water distribution system, industrial sanitary sewer system, lighted roads to accommodate tractor trailer traffic, and a redundant loop-fed electrical system.

Western Power Sports – Midlothian, TX – Dallas/Fort Worth Area

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Western Power Sports

Client: Western Power Sports

Project Cost: Not Disclosed

Service: Land Development, Civil Engineering, Staking/GPS/Platting, Design

Practice: Municipal & District Services, Site Development, Surveying

Location: Midlothian, Texas


The budget experienced a potential setback when the original geotechnical engineer specified a larger scope of soil excavation beneath the proposed distribution facility than was anticipated. This impacted the client’s budget in a very negative way. The client sought Jones|Carter’s advice on ways to remedy the situation in an attempt to put the project’s budget back in line.


Jones|Carter assisted the client in obtaining additional geotechnical recommendations for the excavation beneath the facility and provided vital assistance in value engineering the project based upon the new recommendations. As a result, the project came in at the client’s original budget and was successfully completed.

Jones|Carter has provided engineering services for infrastructure and site development projects within the 1,700 acre Railport Business Park for over 17 years.Jones|Carter’s knowledge of the area, and relationships with the City of Midlothian and the Midlothian Development Authority, led Western Power Sports to choose Jones|Carter as the civil engineer and surveyor for their 180,000 SF distribution facility. Jones|Carter prepared the boundary survey, platted the property, determined cut fill calculations, designed paving, water, wastewater, and drainage for the project.

Union Park, Phase I – Little Elm, TX – Dallas/Fort Worth Area

Union Park, Phase I

Client: Hillwood Communities

Project Cost: $19.2 Million

Service: Land Development, Electrical Engineering, Staking/GPS/Platting, Hydrology & Hydraulics, Transportation, Design, Construction Services

Location: Little Elm, Texas

Hillwood Communities contracted Jones|Carter to provide design and engineering services for Phase I of the Union Park community. Union Park is a 1,100-acre master-planned community in Little Elm, Texas. The community has 3,200 planned homes and a 35-acre park with open greenbelts and natural ponds. Union Park also provides an amenity center, open air pavilion, resort-style pool, sports fields, pockets parks, and trails.

J|C provided design for water, wastewater, drainage, and paving infrastructure for residential lots and the excavation of 300,000 cubic yards of soil for a detention pond, a community park, and roadways. Due to the size and scope of Phase I of Union Park, open and continual communication with all parties was necessary to ensure success. Weekly meetings were held with the client, community stakeholders, and the various public entities throughout the entirety of construction of the project. This helped keep the project on schedule, allowed for proactive problem-solving at all levels, and facilitated solutions that could be put in place without impacting the budget or the schedule.

J|C’s extensive coordination with TxDOT, Upper Trinity Regional Water District (UTRWD), Mustang Special Utility District, and the town of Little Elm kept all entities on the same page and Union Park moving forward. The J|C team resolved issues regarding a lack of documentation of the existing infrastructure, and the approval and permitting of the new construction and design of a roundabout.

The J|C team worked closely with TxDOT to facilitate approval and permitting for the construction of two deceleration lanes and a 48-inch reinforced concrete pipe bore across US Highway 380. To resolve the lack of construction documentation and plans detailing existing utilities and infrastructure, J|C worked alongside UTRWD to construct the new storm infrastructure in a manner that would serve the project, but also keep infrastructure in place. Additionally, a sanitary sewer trunk main was designed to connect to the existing sanitary sewer system at the UTRWD Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Plant. As the town of Little Elm had no definitive design criteria in place for creating a roundabout, the J|C team followed Federal Highway Administration standards on the design, working alongside Little Elm’s traffic engineer.

Phase I was completed in August 2015.

Springwoods Village Fire and EMS – Spring, TX – Houston Area

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Springwoods Village Fire Station No. 70 & Cypress Creek EMS 513

Client: CDC Houston, Inc.

Project Cost: Not Disclosed

Service: Land Development, Civil Engineering, Transportation, Design

Practice: Site Development, Surveying

Location: Spring, Texas


Designing a site for a fire station and EMS facility seeking LEED Gold and/or Low Impact Development components while minimizing impact to the overall site, which included substantial grade drops throughout was the overarching challenge for this project.


The very nature and function of a fire station does not lend itself easily to complying with sustainable initiatives. A fire station requires a tremendous amount of space simply to allow access to the apparatus and ambulance bays. When combining a fire station with an EMS facility, greater accessibility is called for, while utilizing the maximum footprint allowed. Grade deviations from the road to the rear of the site significantly affected access to the apparatus bays at the rear of the facility. To address this, we created a finished floor without excessive slope down to the station. Aggressive grading and short retaining walls resolved any issues behind the facility regarding the slope. We put together a proactive plan to save as many of the trees on site as possible, while creating bioswales with a rain garden detention facility at the rear.

The joint fire and EMS station in Springwoods Village, an 1,800-acre mixed use community in north Harris County, and home to the new ExxonMobil corporate campus, will provide fire and medical emergency services to the area. Designed to LEED Gold standards, Fire Station No. 70 and Cypress Creek EMS 513 occupy nearly 25,000 SF. The facilities feature five apparatus bays, living quarters, training/conference room, work rooms, decontamination room, and two double-deep ambulance bays.

Springwoods Village, another project that JC has provided multiple engineering services for, will serve a population of up to 50,000 employees and residents, while providing diverse housing options and amenities, such as shopping, dining, schools, civic facilities and outdoor recreation.

Bridgewood Onion Creek – Austin, TX

Bridgewood Onion Creek

Client: Bridgewood Property Company

Project Cost: $14 Million

Service: Land Development, Civil Engineering, Design, Staking/GPS/Platting

Practice: Site Development, Surveying

Location: Austin, Texas


Compliance with local commercial design standards and coordination with an adjacent private street to be constructed were key issues that JC coordinated for the client.


Solutions JC was able to obtain Alternative Equivalent Compliance for various Subchapter E requirements in order to develop the property as envisioned by the client. Additionally, we coordinated the design of the project’s driveways to allow integration with the private street’s design.

The 130,000 SF Bridgewood Onion Creek project provides a high quality and culturally enriching environment for 164 south Austin area seniors. The 9.4-acre tract is located near IH 35 and Onion Creek Parkway. Plans for adjacent retail and commercial development will allow residents to easily access additional services that support their independent lifestyles. Austin is projected to experience a 300% growth in the 60+ year old demographic in the next 25 years. Independent and assisted living housing will continue to be in great demand. The project was completed in early 2016.

University Park – Austin, TX

University Park

Client: Cypress Realty Advisors

Service: Land Development, Civil Engineering, Design, Staking/GPS/Platting

Practice: Site Development, Surveying

Location: Austin, Texas


The developer purchased the site and office building located in University Park in 2010. While construction on the existing building was complete, site infrastructure was only partially finished. Heritage trees were in abundance on the site and required a plan for relocation or preservation to satisfy local code requirements.


JC assisted with researching the unfinished construction, reactivating city permits, and obtaining necessary extensions. We also rebid portions of the remaining infrastructure, and provided vital construction management to keep the long-idle project on track.

The numerous heritage trees occupying the site included a 48-inch live oak that was saved and relocated to a prominent spot in a traffic circle on the main drive through the complex. The tree relocation added an aesthetic appeal to the street improvements, while balancing the site’s development and preserving natural features.

The infrastructure improvements for the University Park project located at the northwest intersection of IH 35 and 32nd street on the former campus of Concordia University have been completed. The scope of work included public water and wastewater, private stormwater management facilities, landscaping and roadway improvements. Another notable feature of the project are 36 rain gardens spaced along the internal roadways, which provide a portion of the development’s water quality treatment. The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center provided expertise in the design of the rain garden systems.

JC provided inspection services to assess the prior construction improvements, coordinate with city inspection personnel and the client to resolve outstanding issues, and facilitate work by the new contractor. In addition to the site infrastructure improvements, JC provided site plan design, permitting, and construction services for the Sabina apartments located on the project site. Sabina features 2 urban style, 5-story buildings comprised of 570 apartment units with lush courtyards and high end amenities. Construction on the first phase of Sabina is completed. Phase 2 is scheduled for completion in Spring, 2016.

Still Waters Phase I – Austin, TX

Still Waters Phase I

Client: Westwood Residential, Inc.

Service: Land Development, Civil Engineering, Residential, Design, Hydrology & Hydraulics, Staking/GPS/Platting

Practice: Site Development, Surveying

Location: Austin, Texas


Ingress and egress issues onto the project site needed to be addressed so that the new development did not promote traffic congestion in the area. There was concern from area residents that increased traffic caused by rezoning would negatively affect the neighborhood, particularly at the rear of the property, an area used as a cut-through to a major thoroughfare. Also, the proposed development’s density exceeded the existing MF-2 zoning and required upzoning to MF-3, a process that required our diligent attention. A final challenge on the site was preservation of six heritage trees.


A series of meetings was held to allow citizens to ask questions and voice issues regarding the threat of increased traffic congestion. After these meetings, the owner elected to eliminate a driveway that connected to the neighborhood street, effectively resolving the potential increase in traffic. To facilitate ingress and egress and ease the impact of increased traffic in the area, JC further worked with the city’s transportation department to design a restriping plan adding a right-turn lane onto the project from Slaughter Road. To resolve the zoning issues, we processed an application through the City of Austin, met with neighborhood opposition, and attended Zoning and Platting Commission and City Council public hearings to help secure the necessary zoning, to the satisfaction of all.

JC was integrally involved in creating the development layout with the design team to preserve six heritage trees on the site. We worked with the project architect and owner to modify the site layout to allow saving the trees, thus avoiding the arduous and time-consuming process of obtaining approval to remove or relocate the trees.

Two three-story apartment buildings comprise the first phase of the Still Waters project on Slaughter Lane. Phase I will consist of the development of 12.38 acres of greenfield into a multi-family development consisting of 256 one- and two-bedroom apartment units with surface parking. The project required upzoning of the tract from MF-2 to MF-3 to allow the mix of units proposed by the owner. JC successfully stewarded the zoning case from application through approval by city council.

Project scope included coordination of compatibility requirements and commercial design standards conformance, easement releases, obtaining license agreement, and TDLR accessibility review. Coordination with various utilities including Austin Energy, Capital Metro, and the Austin Utility Location and Coordination Committee was also required.

Bluejack National – Montgomery, TX – Houston Area

Bluejack National

Client: Beacon Land Development

Project Cost: $100M

Service: Civil Engineering, Design, Land Development, Residential, Review, Staking/GPS/Platting

Practice: Land Development, Construction Services, Transportation, Municipal & District Services, Surveying, Water, Geographic Information Systems, Hydrology & Hydraulics

Location: Montgomery, Texas


A chief draw to Bluejack National, a Beacon Land Development project, is nature and all that it offers. Therefore, it was essential in the developer’s design to preserve as many trees as possible. Creating an accurate topographic map of the site was challenged by rolling terrain, and an incorrect existing boundary survey caused issues over that newly established boundary. Due to simultaneous infrastructure, golf course, and building construction, precise staging was necessary to accommodate the required two-way traffic and allow the multiple construction crews to work unimpeded. Site drainage included meeting discharge requirements without creating excessive detention ponds and satisfying client-preferred lake levels on the site.


Despite evolving layouts for streets and utilities, and fluctuating field conditions, preservation of trees was made a priority. We routed all utilities into the right-of-way including running sanitary sewer under the pavement and coordinated with other utilities to locate distribution lines alongside. JC worked closely with the developer to address the drainage issues.

Bluejack is built on 755 acres in Montgomery, Texas, just northwest of Houston. The private club and resort-style community is nestled in the piney woods and is thematically rooted in traditional values with luxury modern family-centric amenities. In addition to the 386 residential units, amenities will be optimal for company retreats, outings, conferences, and family programming. Nature lovers will enjoy this unique community with more than 35 acres of stocked fishing lakes and miles of hiking and biking trails linking the neighborhoods. Perhaps drawing the most headlines of any new development in the country, Bluejack National is home to the first Tiger Woods-designed golf course in the country. Playing upon the terrain, the course has been designed to be challenging, yet exceptionally playable for all levels of golfers. Bluejack National is Golf Inc. Magazine’s 2015 Development of the Year in the United States.

 Photos courtesy of: Bluejack National/Aidan Bradley


Modera Spring Town Center – Houston, TX

Modera Spring Town Center

Client: Mill Creek Residential

Service: Land Development, Staking/GPS/Platting, Civil Engineering, Design, Residential

Practice: Site Development, Surveying, Hydrology & Hydraulics, Transportation

Location: Houston, Texas


The Modera Spring Town Center development is located in a mature water district with existing regulations that made long term maintenance and operation of the proposed facilities difficult.


Our team worked collaboratively with the developers to propose revisions to the water district’s regulations in order to create a mutually beneficial situation for the water district and the proposed project.

Modera Spring Town Center is a 396-unit, garden-style apartment complex, consisting of 21 3-story apartment buildings with well-appointed open spaces and jogging trails. Modera provides resort-style luxury living in northwest Houston within minutes of the new Exxon campus and The Woodlands. Site amenities include a resort-style pool, clubhouse, 24-hour fitness facility, outdoor grill, and picnic areas.

Mill Creek has partnered with us on several successfully completed apartment projects including Sola and The Astor, both located in Houston’s urban landscape.

Harvest – North Lake and Argyle, TX – Dallas/Fort Worth Area


Client: Hillwood Development

Project Cost: $130M (Phases I – XVII)

Service: Land Development, Staking/GPS/Platting , Civil Engineering, Residential, Design, Review

Practice: Water, Municipal & District Services, Community Development, Construction Services, Surveying, Geographic Information Systems, Hydrology & Hydraulics, Transportation

Location: Northlake and Argyle, Texas


Within the confines of Harvest are 13 different governmental entities with varying jurisdictional powers. Managing that process along with executing a Hillwood project following their Live Smart Principles, created geopolitical barriers that had to be overcome to create a “win-win” for all involved.


As the engineer for the development, we were actively involved in discussions with the various governmental entities and helped negotiate agreements with the towns of Northlake and Argyle. We worked to create two fresh water supply districts, negotiated a multi-city deal for trunk sanitary sewer service with the Trinity River Authority, and created a tri-party agreement with Upper Trinity Regional Water District, Argyle Water Supply Corporation, and the city of Northlake to provide water supply to the development. Additionally, we were pivotal in assisting Denton County in abandoning old rights-of-way, allowing development of new roadways to serve the community. After the multiple agreements were in place, we devised a custom plan to accommodate design and construction on the project, incorporating the myriad requirements of each agreement. With our help, Hillwood successfully navigated obstacles which can stall a project for years, to complete the first two phases of their award winning development.

Harvest is a 1,170-acre master planned community in Denton County within the cities of Northlake and Argyle. This thoroughly modern community has a rich history based in strong agrarian roots and boasts a community farm, greenbelts, and parks ringed with trails. Resort amenities, a 15-acre lake, family event spaces, and ball fields all within easy reach support the pedestrian-friendly lifestyle. This long term project allows us to truly bond with the unique community we are helping to create.

We serve as the District, Design, and Construction Engineer for the development that is slated for completion in 2023. The project includes water distribution and supply facilities, sanitary sewer collection facilities, drainage facilities (including storm sewer, detention, and lakes), paving facilities, walls, trails, and street lights.

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