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Lago Mar – Texas City, TX – Houston Area

Lago Mar

Client: Land Tejas

Services: Site Civil, Program Management, Construction Engineering & Inspection, Survey

Location: Texas City, Texas

Lago Mar is a 2,000-acre master-planned community by Land Tejas in the growing Galveston-Clear Lake corridor. The community will include nearly 4,000 homes, a 70-acre entertainment district and a 12-acre Crystal Lagoon, the largest in Texas and the first with public access. The project is expected to provide homes for thousands of residents and bring billions of taxable dollars to the Greater Houston area.

Jones|Carter was heavily involved in every aspect of the development. As district engineers, our team designed, surveyed and managed construction of the development. We also dug the lagoon and laid the necessary utilities. Phase one of the lagoon has broken ground and is expected to open for Lago Mar residents in 2020. Phase two is currently underway and will allow public access to multiple beaches, a swim-up bar, a floating obstacle course and a two-story event center.

Jones|Carter has worked alongside Land Tejas on multiple developments including Harmony and Balmoral.

First Colony LID No.2 Stormwater Pump Station Improvements – Sugar Land, TX – Houston Area

First Colony LID No. 2 Stormwater Pump Station Improvements

Client: First Colony Levee Improvement District No. 2

Services: H&H, Electrical, Water Supply & Treatment

Location: Sugar Land, Texas

Completion: May 2019

The First Colony Levee Improvement District No.2 (LID) protects $200 million in property value within the Commonwealth subdivision in the First Colony area of Sugar Land. During Hurricane Harvey, the LID experienced record-setting rainfall, causing the district to close flood gates, leaving the pump station as the only method of removing stormwater from the levee. Luckily no homes flooded, but the district wanted peace of mind for the next storm.

The LID partnered with Jones|Carter to address their biggest concerns: pump failure, generator failure and pond storage. Our team addressed these issues by implementing dual generators to provide resilience from loss of fuel as well as implementing a generator control scheme calling the device to run if required, not just during power outages. Our team also installed a recirculation line so the pumps can undergo annual testing and implemented an emergency operations strategy so the pump could be used during construction.

Communication was key during design and construction in case the facility needed to be used in a flooding event. Members of the design team attended board meetings to provide updates on the project and explain design decisions.

Buffalo Bayou Recovery Improvements – Houston, TX- Houston Area

Buffalo Bayou Recovery Improvements

Client: Harris County Flood Control District

Services: Survey, Permitting, Civil Design

Location: Houston, TX

Completion: Ongoing

Buffalo Bayou is a slow-moving river that flows across Houston. Along the river is a 160-acre park featuring 20-miles of trails, a 10-mile waterway, a dog park and more. Though the bayou is prone to flooding, it suffered an unusually large amount of damage during Hurricane Harvey.

The Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) selected Jones|Carter to act as the design engineer for the three-phase improvement project that involved removing existing sediment along the bayou, stabilizing slope failures and installing preventative measures to prevent future erosion. Our team performed a topographic survey and conducted research on right-of-way boundaries, existing utilities, construction site accessibility and necessary easements required for the project. We also delivered submittals and prepared a bid, which was approved by the HCFCD, the City of Houston, The Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Center Point, AT&T, Harris County Urban Wildlife and the Houston Parks and Recreations Department.

Rockstar Energy Bike Park – Houston, TX – Houston Area

Rockstar Energy Bike Park

Client: North Houston Redevelopment Corporation

Services: Construction Management

Location: Houston, Texas

Completion Date: August 2019

Centrally located off Kuykendahl and Interstate 45, the Rockstar Energy Park is a 22-acre BMX and mountain bike facility catered to all skill levels. The park, also known as the North Houston Bike Park, is the second phase in the North Houston Development Corporations’ beautification program that also includes the North Houston Skate Park and Dylan’s Park.

The park has over 10 attractions including red-clay race tracks, street courses, a performance pavilion and wooded bike trails, making it one of the largest biking facilities in the United States. The design utilizes space below one of the entrance ramps, something that has never been done before. Rather than leave the space empty, the area includes a concession stand, office and storage space.

This collaboration between J|C and the North Houston Redevelopment Corporation was designed to provide resources for the community. Children can participate in BMX 101 where they can learn to ride a bike and the fundamentals of BMX. Older children can also learn about bike building and track modeling.

Jones|Carter provided program and construction management services to the North Houston Development Corporation. We utilized a construction manager at-risk delivery method to ensure the project was delivered with a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) and oversaw the overall design and development of the facility. Our team has worked along the North Houston Redevelopment Corporation for the past 15 years, with this project lasting three years.

The park celebrated its grand opening on August 16, 2019.

Balmoral Crystal Lagoon – Humble, TX – Houston Area

Client: Land Tejas

Services: Civil Engineering, Surveying, Platting

Location: Humble, Texas


Balmoral is a Land Tejas master-planned community established in 2006. Jones|Carter has provided services for 750 acres and will have 2,571 lots at buildout. In 2018, Balmoral opened its 2-acre Crystal Lagoon, the first of its kind in Texas.

Jones|Carter has been the engineering firm for the 750-acre, 2,570-home, residential, Land Tejas development in northeast Houston since its inception. In this role, J|C has maintained responsibility for the planning, surveying, and engineering of the development. Due to overwhelming demand for lots in this beautiful community, we were tasked to deliver the 2,500 lots in just 5 years. In a collaborative effort by many members of the J|C team, we were able to still meet the schedule and deliver the lots on time.

During early development, one of the biggest challenges was a nearby rail line. Our engineers were able to design a large storm sewer pipe underneath an active railroad track. They worked closely with Union Pacific Railroad to ensure that the railway was safe for the train while still satisfying the client and delivering the project on time and on budget.


Dallas Salmon Wastewater Treatment Plant and North Kansas Avenue Reconstruction – League City, TX – Houston Area

Dallas Salmon Wastewater Treatment Plant and North Kansas Avenue Reconstruction

Client: City of League City

Cost: $6.8 Million

Services:Water Line Relocation, Drainage Design, Survey, H&H Modeling, Roadway Design, Traffic Control Plan, Construction Management, Planning, SWPPP, Environmental Protections, Utility Relocations, Value Engineering

Location: League City, Texas

Completion Date: October 2018

In 2014, in response to new discharge permit constraints issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the City of League City was informed that the outfall for the effluent line of the Dallas Salmon Wastewater Treatment Plant (DSWWTP) would need to be moved from its existing location. Due to updated copper and zinc discharge limits, the outfall would need to be moved further downstream, requiring the City to build an entirely new effluent line and outfall location.

In order to relocate the effluent discharge, the City tasked Jones|Carter with finding new alignments from DSWWTP to Clear Creek and to develop the most economical solution. This resulted in the installation of 1,500 linear feet of 9’x6′ and 8’X5’ reinforced concrete boxes from the existing discharge structure at the DSWWTP to a new outfall location at the north end of N. Kansas Avenue at Clear Creek. The new outfall line required the relocation of other existing utilities in the area as well as the diversion of existing overland drainage paths. To address the existing drainage issues, approximately 670 linear feet of 10’x8′ reinforced concrete box storm sewer were placed next to the effluent line from the DSWWTP.  As construction was already necessary, the City was able to use this opportunity to revitalize N. Kansas Avenue as well.

The project required continuous collaboration throughout the design process between Jones|Carter’s Water, Transportation, Hydrology & Hydraulics, and Survey Practices to successfully complete the final design.

The 2015 Memorial Day Flood Analysis – Sugar Land, TX – Houston Area

The 2015 Memorial Day Flood Analysis

Client: City of Sugar Land

Services: H&H Modeling, Flood Analysis

Location: Sugar Land, TX

Completion Date: 2015

On Memorial Day 2015, the City of Sugar Land experienced record rainfall resulting in reports of structural, near structural, and street flooding throughout the City. As part of their 2016-2020 Capital Improvements Program, the City prioritized an analysis of the Memorial Day Flood Event.

Jones|Carter was selected to analyze the event and its impacts, and compare to the 25-year and 100-year design storms. The team investigated through field visits, storm event analysis, and hydrologic and hydraulic modeling to identify underlying problems in City infrastructure and propose possible improvement projects.

Jones|Carter analyzed problem areas and built 1D/2D InfoWorks ICM models for 18 storm drainage systems in the area where flooding was reported. Most of the systems were in Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 2. Additionally, the team identified problem areas where the existing systems do not appear to be operating up to the City’s drainage standards. Of these, the primary areas of concern were the arterial and major collectors that provide emergency access during flood events. Secondary areas of concern were neighborhoods where the peak flood level did not appear to be in compliance with the allowable levels set by the City’s drainage criteria and the localized drainage issues were affecting nearby residents.

The results of the analysis were delivered to the City for subsequent action with the purpose of mitigating the negative impacts of future storm events.

Houston Bike Plan – Houston, TX – Houston Area

Houston Bike Plan

Client: Harris County and the City of Houston

Services: Program Management for development, design, and construction of Precinct 1 bike lanes

Location: Harris County/Houston

Completion Date: Est. December 2019

20+ Miles Completed April 2019

Funding Partners Include: 
Harris County Precinct 1
Harris County Precinct 2
Councilmember Cisneros

Community Partners: BikeHouston, Houston Parks Board, H-GAC, FTA, FHWA, and TxDOT

The Houston Bike Plan was adopted by City Council in 2017, with a stated vision to make a safer, more accessible, gold level bike-friendly City by 2027. The Plan aims to improve safety, increase access, and develop and maintain bicycle facilities throughout Houston.


Jones|Carter is providing program management of the Houston Bike Plan. This includes project management and administration as well as design. Additionally, J|C is providing services associated with the administration of funding including status reporting, financial reconciliation, and coordination between Harris County, City of Houston, Texas Department of Transportation, METRO and Harris County Toll Road Authority.


The team completed the design of 20+ miles of bike lane by the April 16, 2019 deadline. The projects are currently under construction and are expected to be complete by December 2019. The $10M funding provided program management, design, and construction.

City of Rosenberg Corrosion Study – Rosenberg, TX – Houston Area

City of Rosenberg Corrosion Study – Rosenberg, TX


Client: City of Rosenberg

Services: Corrosion Study, Consumer Taste Tests, Flushing Plan, Pipe-loop Testing

Location: Rosenberg, TX

Completion: May 2018

In 2017, the City of Rosenberg commissioned a study to assess the potential for corrosion in its pipe network before introducing treated surface water from an alternate source. The City was concerned that the 70 miles out of their 200-mile pipe network made up of iron, galvanized steel, and copper pipes, would be susceptible to corrosion due to differences in water quality. To provide for the health and safety as well as the sustainability of the City’s water system, Jones|Carter completed a pipe loop test, a system-wide flushing plan, a nitrification action plan, and conducted consumer taste tests.

Since 35% of the City’s water lines are susceptible to these corrosion issues, Jones|Carter recommended, and ultimately implemented, a phosphate treatment. The phosphate’s chemical composition allows it to adhere to the inside of the pipes creating a new internal surface that isolates the wall of the pipe and secures scale and deposits. The phosphate will serve to extend the life of the existing system as well as prevent corrosion. Additionally, extensive taste tests were held with City residents to make sure that the community would be satisfied with the final composition of chemicals used to treat the water sources.

Park Place Office Tower – Houston, TX – Houston Area

Park Place Office Tower


Client: Stonelake Capital Partners

Services: Site Development, Traffic Impact Analysis, Survey

Location: Houston, Texas

Estimated Completion Date: Spring 2020

Stonelake Capital Partners is beginning the third phase of its Park Place development located in River Oaks between Highland Village and the Galleria. Jones|Carter has worked alongside Stonelake since the planning phase of this mixed-use development in 2010. The first two phases include the luxury apartment communities, The James & The Ivy.

The Park Place Office Tower will be a 15-story, 200,000-square-foot, glass office tower at the northeast corner of Mid Lane and Westheimer. After completing The James & The Ivy on the north half of the 11.5-acre tract, Stonelake converted a portion of the remaining acreage into a park between the apartments and Westheimer. This office tower is being developed within the southwest quadrant of the remaining acreage and additional park improvements are planned for the northwest corner.

The J|C team designed and permitted plans for the utilities, paving, and drainage for the tower, which will include retail space on the first floor, a landscaped terrace on the ninth floor, and floor plates that average more than 26,000 square feet. J|C provided full site development services as well as surveying, platting, and a traffic impact analysis. The Park Place Office Tower is projected to be complete in Spring of 2020.

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