As reported in today’s Fort Worth Star Telegram, North Tarrant Express Mobility Partners has submitted an offer to TxDOT to extend the I-35W expansion it is currently constructing to Alliance Airport. This would extend the existing project, which currently stretches from I-30 near downtown Fort Worth to U.S. 287, about 8 miles to the north.
Together, with sponsors and donors, Peloton Land Solutions-Austin joined the Capital Area Food Bank, Central Texas’ largest hunger relief organization, in raising funds for programs which help alleviate child hunger. Nearly 25% of children living in Travis County are food insecure- that’s 1 in 4 children. Peloton employees and their families participated in the Austin Empty Bowl Project for the second year in a row, helping with food preparation, set-up, and other support activities. Afterwards, employees donated to the cause by purchasing locally crafted ceramic bowls, which were filled with soup and bread donated by Austin area chefs, restaurants, and bakers. All donations benefit Kids Café, a program which helps provide nutritious meals at times when other resources might not be available, and Meals for Kids, a program of Meals on Wheels & More which provides nutritious, kid-friendly after-school snacks and nutrition education to children of low-income families.
Our Austin office participated in the Real Estate Council of Austin’s Christmas in October event benefiting the Blackland Community Development Corporation (CDC). Nearly 100 volunteers redesigned and renovated the Blackland CDC’s shared conservatory and play spaces, giving residents a better place to spend quality time with their family, friends, and neighbors. Volunteers constructed a gazebo and neighborhood entryway, installed new swings, painted houses, and constructed picnic tables, flower beds, and gardens. More than $92,000 was raised in cash and in-kind donations leading up to the volunteer event.
The Blackland CDC was created in 1983 to provide neighborhood stability through transitional and permanent supportive housing for families of moderately low to very low incomes. Its mission is to retain the Blackland neighborhood as an inclusive, affordable place families can thrive through a variety of social services and housing options. Much of their funding comes from private donations and city administered HUD funds, which have been used to acquire and/or build 56 units scattered throughout the 28-block neighborhood on the east side of I-35 in Austin.
Adding more key staff to its expanding Texas operations, Peloton Land Solutions announces the hire of Jeff Scott as program manager in its Austin office. Jeff brings 15-plus years’ of diverse land development project experience in the private, public, and federal sectors. Jeff joins the Peloton team to lead the advancement of the growing site civil business segment to include commercial/retail, multi-family, and institutional development.
“Jeff has been a key player in the Austin land development market for a number of years and is so highly regarded. We knew immediately that he would be a strong asset to our expanding team there,” said Peloton President and CEO Aric Head. “We look forward to his leadership and expertise,” he added.
A professional engineer, Scott has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. in Finance from St. Edward’s University. He has earned numerous certifications, and is involved in several professional organizations including the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Austin Contractors and Engineers Association (ACEA), and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-LEED) to name a few. In 2010, Scott was a part of RECA’s Leadership Development Council.
The Facebook Data Center project (Peloton – engineer of record) is part of a big boom in North Texas data center construction. The DFW area so far this year has been one of the top five U.S. markets for data center demand, according to a new study by commercial real estate firm JLL. More than half of this local demand is being driven by the insurance, banking, and financial services industries. Technology firms account for about a quarter of the new space demand. JLL estimates that more than four times as much data center space is planned for North Texas than is now under construction.
One of the crowning achievements of the 20th century was building reliable water and wastewater systems. Since then, public and private utilities across the country have been putting people to work to construct, operate, and maintain the water and wastewater infrastructure that Americans rely on daily. After working around the clock for more than 100 years, this infrastructure is aging and failing. In America today, a water main breaks every 2 minutes. The average age of our pipes is 47 years (pipes in urban centers are often older). The good news is that investment in water infrastructure puts people to work and builds a stronger America. 289,000 jobs will be supported over the next decade by 30 large water and wastewater utilities. Read more
The roughly 3,700 circular traffic intersections in the U.S. are feared, avoided, and even loathed, often without good reason. This fear is rooted in the invention’s history. Early traffic circles (Columbus Circle in NYC is largely acknowledged as the first roundabout, built in 1905) were incredibly dangerous and impractical — mainly for one reason: entering traffic had the right of way, while circulating traffic had to yield. This led to high-speed merging and over-congestion which, in turn, increased the frequency of collisions.
Revamped in the 1960’s, modern roundabouts now give priority to circulating vehicles making them much safer than their circulatory roadway ancestors. These modern roundabouts weren’t built in the U.S. until the late 1990’s. We now maintain about 90 roundabouts per 100,000 miles of paved road in the U.S. (The UK boasts not only the most roundabouts in the world – as a proportion of total road space – they also maintain a “ Roundabout Appreciation Society”, whose president is known locally as The Lord of the Rings.)
Using simple principles of physics, roundabouts dramatically reduce crash rates, as well as injuries and deaths. They diminish vehicle emissions. They are a more effective use of road space, and cost less to maintain than traditional four-way intersections. Roundabouts reduce crashes by the very nature of their geometry. While traditional four-way intersections have 32 possible collision conflict points, roundabouts have only 8. In 2001, Discover Magazine declared: “The roundabout is the single most important device ever created to help control traffic safely and smoothly.”
On September 3rd, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce will honor Cassco Development Company with the 4th Annual Vandergriff Award, presented annually to a legacy individual or organization whose contributions have positively impacted Tarrant County. Cassco, the development arm of Edwards Ranch, has successfully overseen the creation of some of Fort Worth’s finest neighborhoods and commercial developments. The Vandergriff Award was established in 2011 in memory of the late Tarrant County Judge Tom Vandergriff and recognizes an individual, company, organization or event that has positively impacted Tarrant County. Peloton congratulates Cassco Development Company on their success and we value the relationship we have built while working together on the Clearfork mixed-use project.
Peloton Land Solutions was ranked #2 in the August 10th Fort Worth Business list of Environmental Consulting Firms. Peloton has a staff of experienced biologists and ecologists providing environmental and regulatory compliance support services to a broad range of industries and client types. Our environmental professionals include Certified Wildlife Biologists®, Qualified Airport Wildlife Biologists (meeting the requirements of FAA AC 150/5200-36), rangeland ecologists, a Certified Arborist®, and GIS specialists. Ranking is based on number of professionals employed.