Bagby Street Reconstruction

Houston, Texas

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Located between downtown Houston and Texas Medical Center, and anchored by three transit stations, Midtown is poised to become a walkable mixed use community founded on sophisticated planning and design. As a result a renaissance of the district is occurring by young professionals and families.

Bagby Street is an emerging mixed use corridor in the district that was rendered as a 4-lane collector between major highways and yet, trying to become a pedestrian oriented street environment. Through the existing analysis of key street and pedestrian systems such as traffic volume, circulation, tree heath and shade, utilities, land use per block, and lighting, the 10 block reconstruction and transformation of Bagby Street created a successful design that manifested the 80’ right of way to a 2-lane road with significant pedestrian features, increased safety, on street parking and numerous sustainable elements.

  • First GreenRoads certified project in the State of Texas
  • 300 tons of CO2 saved from being emitted through the use of flyash in the concrete mix
  • 33% of stormwater enters into rain gardens, removing 75% bacteria, 73% phosphorus, 93% oil and grease, 43% nitrogen, and 85% total suspended solids from leaving the site
  • 165% increase in the amount of trees within the corridor
  • 14% decrease in surface temperatures, thus reducing heat island effect
  • 45% reduction in pedestrian crosswalk distance
  • 42% increase of shade on the sidewalks, creating a cooler walking environment
  • 500% increase in foot candle averages (.1 avg. to .5), thus improving safety
  • 276% increase in pedestrian areas
  • 350% increase of bicycle facilities
  • 38% increase in seating and social gathering areas
  • Approximately $30m in private development has been invested along the street in the first year since the project was announced
  • 20% rental market increase and 25% property value increase since the project was announced


The Bagby Street Reconstruction, Houston, Texas Project is the first Greenroads-certified project in Texas, recognized for improvements to pedestrian and parking facilities and access to local businesses and the Midtown Park. Notable features include rain gardens, artistic elements, installation of cool pavements, use of regional and recycled materials, and wayfinding to the local park.

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  • 2014 American Public Works Association (Texas) Public Works Projects of the Year in Transportation
  • 2014 Making Cities Livable (International) Healthy Cities for ALL Award for Active Mobility / Complete Streets
  • 2014 Congress for the New Urbanism (National) Best Street of the Year
  • 2014 American Society of Landscape Architects (Texas) Presidential Award of Excellence in Design and Implementation
  • 2014 American Society of Landscape Architects (Texas) Merit Award for Communication
  • 2014 American Council of Engineering Companies (National) Engineering Excellence Honor Award
  • 2014 American Council of Engineering Companies (Texas) Engineering Excellence Gold Award in the Special Projects Category
  • 2013 First Greenroads® Project in Texas, 8th in World, Achieving Silver Certification (Highest Scored Project at Time of Certification)