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Maverick Park Dog Park Crowdfunding Launch - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fundraising begins for San Antonio's newest dog park! As multi-family housing development increases in the River North area, so does the need for public green space. Working with Friends of Maverick Park, BWC Design has developed a conceptual plan to transform an underutilized urban park into a modern, much-needed dog park for the area's residents and four-legged visitors. Help us bring this park to life!

For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/maverickdogpark
DONATIONS GRATEFULLY WELCOMED HERE: REVITALIZE Maverick Dog Park

Unveiling Celebration for Pearsall Park - Friday, May 1, 2015

Please join District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña, the Parks and Recreation Department, and Transportation & Capital Improvements at 10am as we celebrate the upcoming improvements to Pearsall Park. Battlefrog Racing and Determined Racing will be onsite with activities to participate in. Please share this invitation with anyone who may wish to attend!

Pearsall Park
4700 Old Pearsall Road
San Antonio, TX 78242

BWC Design Honored with 2015 Texas ASLA Design Award - Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bender Wells Clark Design celebrates a Merit Award from the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for the Master Plan of Pearsall Park. The award honors planning and design excellence put forth by landscape architects throughout the state and was presented today at the annual Texas ASLA conference.

“We are pleased to be recognized for this plan - taking disturbed land around the mounds leftover from a closed landfill and making it into a beautiful, sustainable, vibrant, fun, and safe place for San Antonio families to enjoy was a challenge.”
- Larry Clark, Vice President & Senior Landscape Architect

LID design competition finalists announced - Friday, June 14, 2013

Bender Wells Clark Design teamed with TetraTech for San Antonio's first Low Impact Development Design Competition. Working on a mixed-use redevelopment plan for Billy Mitchell Village at Port San Antonio, the team's project entry has advanced the final stage of the competition. The team will present a 7 minute "lightning" presentation at the Finals Event at The Pearl Stable on July 10. Congratulations!

This event is underwritten by San Antonio River Authority

LID design competition kickoff - Wednesday, Februrary 6, 2013 (6-8pm)

David Batts, Chair of the Texas Land/Water Sustainability Forum will present the rules for the competition, and representatives of the three design competition properties will speak about the plans for their projects. Networking for design teams to form and ask questions to the property representatives. Registration is $25. Hors d'oeurves and refreshments will be provided.

AIA Gallery at The Pearl
200 East Grayson, Suite 110
San Antonio, TX 78215
Register before noon on Monday, February 4th at: www.sa-lid-kickoff-feb2013.eventbrite.com

For more information, contact:
Karen Bishop, San Antonio River Authority
(210)302-3642
kbishop@sara-tx.org

This event is underwritten by San Antonio River Authority

low impact development workshop - November 30, 2012

The San Antonio Land/Water Sustainability Forum presents a Low Impact Development Design, Cost, and Performance Case Study Workshop on Friday, November 30th from 8am to 4:30pm. The $100 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, presentation materials, and certificate of completion.
Register before 5pm Tuesday, November 27th at: www.sa-lidworkshipnov2012.eventbrite.com
CPS Energy Training Center
4514 Frank Bryant Lane
San Antonio, TX 78220

**7 PE CE's, 7 AIA & ASLA CE's, and 4 CFM CE's will be offered**

For more information, contact:
Karen Bishop, San Antonio River Authority
(210)302-3642
kbishop@sara-tx.org

normoyle park public meeting - November 15, 2012

A public input meeting regarding the 2012-2017 Bond Improvements for Palm Heights Park will held at Normoyle Center beginning at 6:30pm on Thursday, November 15. Capital Improvements Management Services Department (CIMS), in cooperation with the Parks and Recreation Department and Bender Wells Clark Design, looks forward to receiving public input on recommendations for park improvements.

Normoyle Center
700 Culberson
San Antonio, TX 78225

For more information, contact:
Jamaal Moreno, Landscape Architect, CIMS
(210)207-6924
jamaal.moreno@sanantonio.gov

palm heights park public meeting - November 8, 2012

A public input meeting regarding the 2012-2017 Bond Improvements for Palm Heights Park will held at Palm Heights Community Center beginning at 6:30pm on Thursday, November 8. Capital Improvements Management Services Department (CIMS), in cooperation with the Parks and Recreation Department and Bender Wells Clark Design, looks forward to receiving public input on recommendations for park improvements.

Palm Heights Community Center
1201 W. Malone
San Antonio, TX 78225

For more information, contact:
Jamaal Moreno, Landscape Architect, CIMS
(210)207-6924
jamaal.moreno@sanantonio.gov

collins garden public meeting - October 18, 2012

A public input meeting regarding the 2012-2017 Bond Improvements for Collins Garden Park will held at Collins Garden Library beginning at 7pm on Thursday, October 18. Capital Improvements Management Services Department (CIMS), in cooperation with the Parks and Recreation Department and Bender Wells Clark Design, looks forward to receiving public input on recommendations for park improvements.

Collins Garden Branch Library
1525 Nogalitos
San Antonio, TX 78204

For more information, contact:
Jamaal Moreno, Landscape Architect, CIMS
(210)207-6924
jamaal.moreno@sanantonio.gov

public input meeting for pearsall park master plan update - August 7, 2012

Now that the City's 2012 Bond Program has received voter approval, we need your thoughts on how best to improve Pearsall Pak with the $7.5 million dedicated to the park.

In 2000, City Council adopted the original Pearsall Park Master Plan. However, there was not enough funding to fully implement the plan to construction. Now that the City has dedicated money for park improvements, the Master Plan needs to be revistited to ensure that the community's vision is built.

Join us from 6:30pm - 8:30pm on Wednesday, August 7 and provide your feedback and suggestions to improve Pearsall Park.

South San Antonio ISD Auditorium
5622 Ray Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78242

For more information, call (210) 354-2925 or email sjimenez@xa-sa.com

Aquatica Grand Opening Event - May 19, 2012

The expansion and rebranding of SeaWorld's Lost Lagoon into the new Aquatica Waterpark will culminate in the Granding Opening Event scheduled for May 19. Bender Wells Clark Design's involvement in the planting design resulted in a beautiful attraction inspired by the tropics while responding to the high-traffic demands of the park and the low-water requirements of the San Antonio climate. Careful grading allowed for the preservation of the many Live Oak trees on site. These existing trees were seamlessly incorporated into the additions of carefully selected native plantings that would thrive in our semi-arid climate while producing a colorful, lush, tropic-like atmosphere. So take time to stop and smell the rosemary on your way to Stingray Falls!

nwvc master plan receives 2012 texas chapter ASLA honor award - April 6, 2012

The American Society of Landscape Architects Texas Chapter recognized the design for the Northwest Vista College Master Plan at the Texas Chapter annual conference. The Design Team of Alamo Architects (San Antonio), SWA Group (Houston), and Bender Wells Clark Design (San Antonio) collaborated on this extensive master plan to accommodate the expansion of the college facilities. Sensitive integration of the nearly 400,000 square feet of new buildings, associated roads, and parking into the existing oak savannah surrounding the campus required careful grading and alignments of proposed infrastructure elements. Preservation of existing trees throughout the campus and the selection of native species for planting areas resulted in minimal irrigation outside of the primary pedestrian gathering spaces. The heart of the campus incorporates a 2.5-acre lake situated in a natural ravine which visually connects the two sides of the campus while managing stormwater run-off and its associated pollutants.

bwc design installs public rain garden for better block event - March 4, 2012

"San Antonio’s first Better Block Project in coordination with the City of San Antonio’s Complete Streets Initiative and Metro Health’s SiClovia was a great success. Over 80 volunteers showed up to help transform a vacant building, overly wide streets, and empty park into a thriving, active neighborhood destination. Teams built cafes, flower shops, art galleries, kids art spaces, outdoor food courts, wayfinding signage, benches, landscaping, bike lanes, reverse angled parking, a functioning rain garden and more in the span of days. The mayor, council members, and area residents came out to celebrate the revitalized space alongside thousands of pedestrians and cyclists who took part in San Antonio’s second ever SiClovia." - Courtesy Team Better Block website

For more information: www.teambetterblock.com

Tom Slick Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - December 7, 2011

The new amenities for Tom Slick Park will be celebrated during the ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 7, 2011. Among additional improvements made to the overall park is the city's newest dog park. The dog park features two separate dog parks for large and small breeds with pet showers, trash receptacles, drinking fountains for pets and people, and 5-foot-high metal fence with gates for both dog parks. In addition, a new children’s play area, fitness equipment, a gazebo with seating areas, irrigation, park benches, an 8-foot-wide concrete sidewalk, bike racks and informational kiosks were added to the park. “Nessie,” a new steel art component by local artist Elizabeth Walker Carrington, was also installed in Quarry Pond (accessible by trails throughout the site).

Awards & Recognition

Texas ASLA Merit Award 2015
Presented by the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for the 2012 Pearsall Park Master Plan Update: San Antonio, Texas.

Texas ASLA Honor Award 2012
Presented by the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for the Northwest Vista College Master Plan: San Antonio, Texas.

Honorable Mention - Golden Trowel Award 2012
Presented by the San Antonio Masonry Contractors Assoc. for the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Phase 5 - Plaza Acequia: San Antonio, Texas.

Honorable Mention - Golden Trowel Award 2011
Presented by the San Antonio Masonry Contractors Assoc. for the Bexar County Justice Center Expansion: San Antonio, Texas.

Honorable Mention - Golden Trowel Award 2010
Presented by the San Antonio Masonry Contractors Assoc. for the San Antonio Museum of Art River Terrace: San Antonio, Texas.

Best in Commercial Real Estate-Rehab/Redevelopment 2008
Presented by the San Antonio Business Journal for the Museo Alameda: San Antonio, Texas.

Best Downtown Pedestrian Wayfinding System 2007
Presented by the Downtown Alliance for the Downtown Pedestrian Wayfinding System: San Antonio, Texas.

Best Public Improvement 2005
Presented by the Texas Downtown Association for the Pat Booker Road Enhancement Program: Universal City, Texas.

Environmental Improvement Distinction Award 2002
Presented by the Associated Landscape Contractors of America for San Antonio River Improvements: San Antonio, Texas.

First Place Award/Electric Sign Design 1996
Presented by Signs of the Times Magazine for the Six Flags Fiesta Texas Entry Sign: San Antonio, Texas.

Texas ASLA Honor Award 1996
Presented by the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for the Mission Trails Planning Study: San Antonio, Texas.

Texas APA Project Planning Award 1995
Presented by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association for the Mission Trails Planning Study: San Antonio, Texas.

S.A. APA Project Planning Award 1995
Presented by the San Antonio Section of the American Planning Association for the Mission Trails Planning Study: San Antonio, Texas.

Gold Award for Landscape/Environmental Design 1991
Presented by San Antonio Design Awards for Frost Motor Bank: San Antonio, Texas.

Texas ASLA Honor Award 1991
Presented by the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Texas Chapter for the Frost Motor Bank, San Antonio, Texas.

Landscape Design Award 1991
Presented by San Antonio Homes and Gardens Magazine for Northwest Atrium Office Building, San Antonio, Texas.

Gold Nugget Grand Award - Best Recreational Facility 1985
Presented by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference for the Dominion Swim Center: San Antonio, Texas.

Gold Nugget Merit Award 1985
Presented by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference for The Dominion Swim Center: San Antonio, Texas.

Award of Excellence 1985
Presented by Tennis Industry Magazine for The Dominion Tennis Center: San Antonio, Texas.

Articles by Bender Wells Clark Design

building san antonio: low-impact rain gardens  by Larry Clark
San Antonio Express-News - April 27, 2012

San Antonio has struggled with water resources since its beginning. In their great efforts to cultivate this dry area, the Spanish-Colonial settlers built irrigation ditches, “acequias”, to take advantage of the abundant water flowing from the springs and into the river and creeks. The ingenious use of these carefully engineered irrigation channels provides a striking example of how to capture and reuse water in our arid climate.

Our regional climate seems to go from famine to feast with respect to rainfall. It is easy to see the effects of drought on many of our landscapes, and often, our rains come in big storm events that can wreak havoc after a long period of dry weather. This storm-drought cycle can cause upheaval and shifting of the soil around a house or building and frequently causes foundation problems in our area.

How we deal with these infrequent downpours and, consequently, the surges of water running off of hard surfaces is also a large part of the problem we have with water quality, drainage, and flooding in San Antonio. Such a large part of our city has been covered over with pavement and buildings that it has changed how water moves and is absorbed into the ground. However, the management of stormwater on a property may be much simpler that one would initially think.

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Articles about Bender Wells Clark Design

Pearsall Park turns dump into destination   by Jeremy T. Gerlach
San Antonio Express News - May 1, 2015

Right now, Pearsall Park is about 500 acres of waste — a former District 4 municipal landfill home to massive, rolling hills of brown grass and soil caked on top of the garbage. But after a planned $7.5 million series of improvements — including a skate park, splash pads, and zip line planned for later this year — it will soon be home to the most exhilarating pile of garbage in the area.

City staff on Friday unveiled plans for an ambitious, 11-month project that will help transform Pearsall Park from a dump into a destination spot for runners, skaters and thrill-seekers from all over the county as part of a 2012 bond. Pearsall Park is already the only park in the city that can host fully-enclosed 5K, 10K and half-marathon races, according to Parks and Recreation staff.

Beginning in June, workers will slap one of the city’s largest skate parks on the grounds. Other amenities include obstacle courses, playgrounds, fitness areas, basketball courts and a zip line. It will convert the 500-acre park, located at 4700 Old Pearsall Road on the city’s Southwest Side, into a unique fitness and challenging obstacle course area with climbing nets and a modular playground assembly packed with slides and other things to climb on.

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Keeping it green during drought  by Jim Beal, Jr.
San Antonio Express News - April 19, 2013

Area landscape experts are preaching and practicing a gospel that preserves green in dry times.

“At my house, I got rid of grass entirely,” said Larry Clark.

Clark is a landscape architect with Bender Wells Clark Design, a firm that has been involved in projects such as Texas A&M University — San Antonio, the Northwest Vista College master plan, SeaWorld of San Antonio's Aquatica water park and Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

The same principles that apply to large-scale projects also cover the work weekend gardeners do on their lawns, just on a different scale.

“The key is planning, not just coming home with a bunch of stuff and sticking it in the ground,” Clark says.

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Local architecture firms recognized for design  by Express-News Staff
San Antonio Express News - November 5, 2012

Seven member firms of the San Antonio chapter of the American Institute of Architects received recognition for their works Friday night at the group's annual awards ceremony.

“We had a more diverse group of firms who received awards, and overall we saw a more diverse group of submissions,” said Torrey Carleton, executive director of the local chapter. “There were many new and emerging architecture firms, so there was a very rich pool from which to pick.”

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Former landfill destined to become community asset  by Mark D. Wilson
Prime Time Newspapers - August 13, 2012

A former landfill off Old Pearsall Road and Ray Ellison Drive is making the transition from dump to destination with $7.5 million in funding from San Antonio's 2012 Bond program.

A community meeting held Aug. 7 attracted around 100 residents, who came to offer ideas on how to use the 252-acre property known for decades by locals as “Mount Trashmore.” District 4 City Councilman Rey Saldaña urged residents to “think big” with regard to the amenities and project possibilities at Pearsall.

“Think of the craziest ideas you can for this park,” said Saldaña during the meeting in the South San Antonio Independent School District auditorium at 5622 Ray Ellison Dr. Some of the “crazy” ideas being kicked around include a ropes course, BMX trails, a skate park and a zip-line ride. Others suggestions include decommissioned airplanes as an interactive educational tool, a paintball course and tree-houses and forts scattered throughout the site. Saldaña said nothing is off the table at this point.

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rain garden pops up on broadway  by Colin McDonald
San Antonio Express-News - March 17, 2012

Every time it rains, water the color of pencil lead flows off Broadway and into the San Antonio River. The water, and the runoff from streets all across San Antonio, carry fine sediment, heavy metals, oils, grease and bacteria. It often causes fish kills and makes the river unhealthy to touch, even days after a rain fall.

So Larry Clark and Beth Wells decided to do something about it.

While volunteers were preparing for Síclovía, the city's celebration of physical activity on March 4, Clark, Wells and a small team of their friends were busy building a 50-by-5-foot rain garden on the public right of way near the intersection of Broadway and Jones Avenue.

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