Regional Sustainability Governance Strategy - Southern Dallas County/Northern Ellis County, Texas
Cedar Valley College's Sustainable Communities Institute (SCI) brought on ASH+LIME to recommend a comprehensive strategy to support sustainable business and development governance in a large subregion of the Dallas area, including Southern Dallas and twelve nearby southern suburbs. Based on regional research from Yale University and Cedar Valley, ASH+LIME created tailored recommendations intended to support economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social equity. Recommendations included the creation of a Sustainable Economic Development Corporation, the creation of resource centers to support energy efficiency and urban planning, and the creation of "living laboratories" to showcase best practices.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - PE / EIS, Green & Orange Lines: Texas
Don Raines (with WRT at the time) was tasked as project manager and lead architect for the preliminary engineering / Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) phase of design for DART. His role was to locate, plan and design (to the 20% architectural design level) for 28 DART light rail stations. Don was responsible for developing the site layout plans, determining station types, bus transfer and parking facilities, pedestrian circulation and land parcel envelopes suitable for long term transit oriented development (TOD) considerations.
Grow DeSoto- Strip Mall Redesign + Reprogram: DeSoto, Texas
The City of DeSoto partnered with Options Real Estate, a DFW=area developer, to redesign a suburban strip shopping center and reprogram its vacant anchor tenant as a cutting-edge entrepreneurial incubation center. While the space will continue to use its current structure, it will be reprogrammed to feature shared offices, several small retail tenants, local services, and an indoor/outdoor event area. The parking lot was redesigned to support small truck-and-trailer based vendors and a public gathering space. ASH+LIME advised on the redesign, zoning, and special events, along with aiding public outreach and incubation strategies.
Festival City Conceptual Master Plan:
Don Raines (with Bechtel at the time), was tasked as CAD lead and project urban planner for the 1,130 HA / 2,792 AC 'Festival City' Master Plan in Dubai. The concept is to create a new destination for an estimated population of 47,000 that captures the imagination and generates excitement. This long-term signature development project is planned to be the largest mixed-use project in the Middle East, featuring 543 HA /1,341 AC of residential development, 300 HA / 741 AC open space, waterways, canals and greenways, a 120 HA / 296 AC Theme Park, 100 HA / 247 AC Conservation Area and 35 HA / 86 AC Business Park. Don had a pioneering and significant role in the evolution of the overall conceptualization of the master plan.