About The Team
The Team led by Cooper, Robertson & Partners is honored to be a part of the creation of conceptual master plans for the development of the University’s Brackenridge Tract. This is an extraordinary opportunity to create a model of land stewardship through the creation of a forward-thinking, environmentally sustainable, life-enriching, and financially successful new community. The team will work closely with the Board of Regents to realize the full potential of the property as a cherished and memorable place. The master planning expertise of Cooper, Robertson & Partners combined with the local knowledge and proficiency of the partnering firms creates a uniquely qualified team for this historic master planning project. The following project team of experienced and innovative firms has been assembled by Cooper, Robertson & Partners:
Master Planner and Team Leader:
Cooper, Robertson & Partners, LLP (CRP)
Based in New York City, CRP is an architecture and urban design firm providing design, programming, and development services to institutions, public agencies, private landowners, and property development clients. They are the Master Planner and team leader for the Brackenridge Tract Conceptual Master Plan. The underlying and unifying theme of CRP’s efforts is their belief that architecture, planning, landscape, and infrastructure design are critically interconnected disciplines which must be seen, understood, and addressed together if lasting quality and value are to be achieved.
Landscape Architects and Environmental Consultant:
TBG Partners based in Austin, Texas will serve as the landscape architect. TBG’s work is highly regarded, and their prominent regional practice has proven its effectiveness through a holistic approach and a collaborative process. TBG has extensive experience working with the University of Texas, and has worked on a number of projects to create plans for site redevelopments integrating retail, residential, and office components with parks and open space.
As a sub consultant to TBG Partners to provide environmental inventory for the project, Raba-Kistner Consultants, Inc. (RKCI) is recognized as one of the Southwest’s largest consulting firms in engineering specialties. Founded in 1968 with offices in Austin and San Antonio, RKCI’s multi-disciplined team consists of civil, environmental, geotechnical, materials, and facilities engineers, architects, environmental geologists, scientists, archaeologists, technicians, and support personnel. Over 75% of their team holds licensure or certifications in their areas of expertise. Furthermore, Raba-Kistner’s geotechnical and construction materials testing staff and laboratories are among the largest in Texas.
Prime Strategies, Inc. (PSI)
PSI will provide traffic and transportation consulting services. The firm’s extensive local and regional experience will provide a unique perspective and insight into the analysis of proposed uses for the site.
Infrastructure/Traffic Engineer I:
CAS Consulting & Services, Inc. (CAS)
CAS was founded in 1999 in Austin, Texas, to provide design and consultation services. The CAS team has extensive professional engineering experience in Austin in the areas of transportation and traffic engineering design, water resource management, storm water management, and environmental and construction management. They will serve as the civil engineer for the mapping and data gathering phase of the project.
Incorporated in 1994 and based in Austin, Texas, Surveying And Mapping, Inc. (SAM, Inc.) will serve as a sub consultant to CAS to provide surveying for the Brackenridge project.
Infrastructure/Traffic Engineer II:
K Friese & Associates, Inc. (KFA)
Formed in April 2003, KFA offers civil engineering services with special emphasis on water, wastewater, and transportation projects. Their team of professionals has decades of experience working together in the development, management, design, and construction administration of a wide variety of multi-disciplined projects throughout Central Texas. They will serve as the civil engineer for the conceptual design phase of the project.
Established in 1970 with offices across Texas, Pate Engineers, Inc., (PATE) will serve as a sub consultant to KFA.
Financial and Market Analyst:
Economics Research Associates (ERA)
ERA will conduct financial and market analyses to identify future development options that will maximize the University’s income from the Brackenridge Tract. The firm’s proprietary database will be used to benchmark potential market-driven uses for the site. ERA’s project principal has both a graduate and an undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
Greater efficiency for ERA in completing their work is provided by working with Capitol Market Research (CMR), an Austin-based corporation.
Cost Estimator/Academic Programming:
HS&A is based in Austin and has provided services on many prominent Texas projects, including work for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. HS&A will serve as cost estimator, providing estimates for the cost of implementing various plan options. They will also provide academic programming.
Zoning and Public Policy Specialist:
DuBois, Bryant & Campbell, LLP
DuBois, Bryant & Campbell will provide zoning and public policy consulting services. The firm’s project principal has worked extensively with City of Austin land use regulations in his roles as a former City of Austin Planning Commissioner and member of numerous City task forces.
Archival research assistance may be provided to DuBois, Bryant & Campbell by Clark, Thomas & Winters, an Austin based firm.
Stakeholder Input and Communications Consultant:
Concept Development & Planning, LLC (CD&P)
CD&P offers expertise in communication skills with the ability to relate verbally and graphically the most complex issues in easily understood language. Based in Austin, Texas, they have a comprehensive knowledge of the community residents and issues. CD&P will plan, schedule, and conduct opportunities for stakeholder participation in the planning process.
Beverly Silas & Associates (BSA) is advising and working with CD&P on communications, outreach, and public input. Together, CD&P and BSA bring more than 90 years of experience to the Brackenridge Tract master planning process.