Cielo South Lamar

Client: Cypress Real Estate Advisors

Project Cost: Not Disclosed

Service: Civil Engineering

Practice: Site Development

Location: Austin, Texas


Saving old growth heritage trees on the site required working hand-in-hand with the design team as well as the City of Austin to develop an acceptable site layout. The developer desired to create a residential, urban feel for Cielo South Lamar that would serve as a catalyst for future growth in the area.  The City of Austin had stringent water quality regulations that required incorporation into the final design. Additionally, the project required resolving compatibility requirements, Commercial Design Standards, easement releases and dedications, license agreement, TDLR accessibility review, and coordination with various entities such as Austin Energy, Capital Metro, and the Austin Utility Line Coordination Committee.


The final site layout spared the trees and created a design aesthetic that not only beautified the area, but which augmented the park-like setting throughout the site. The developer donated additional land for a 2-acre amenity park, and a bike and pedestrian trail to create a public connection to the new development. Finally, we incorporated low-impact development (LID) features, including a biofiltration pond and rain garden, to satisfy City of Austin water quality regulations.

The Cielo South Lamar redevelopment project boasts 327 apartment units, 8,000 SF of retail, and 30 rental townhomes in a vertical, mixed-use complex in Austin’s downtown core. Redevelopment of over 10 acres of existing infrastructure, buildings, and businesses was a mammoth undertaking resulting in a completed project totaling over 400,000 SF of development with 500 parking spaces.

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