This project consisted of the implementation of a master plan to restore and protect the natural property and expand the current education program. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center includes a new visitor and event pavilion, administrative building, extensive landscaping restoration, new trail networks, children’s discovery garden and nature center. While operating under the sustainable SITES Gold-Certification Standard, this project encompassed wetland, ponds, boardwalks, and a phased strategic approach across the 75 acre development.
Hosting 200,000 visitors annually, this 155-acre nonprofit nature sanctuary exists to provide education about the natural environment and serves as a haven for native plants and and animals. Forney is responsible for the implementation of rigorous standards for the Vegetation and Soil Protection Zones (VSPZ), managing and communicating compliance measures to subcontractors on-site. This project was the first sustainable SITES Gold Certification Standard landscape in the City of Houston.