Eagle Ford Shale: Housing Boom

You might ask, “What the heck does Landscape Architecture have to do with the Eagle Ford Shale?”

From the drilling that has recently begun in the Eagle Ford, a 400 mile long shale formation, an “economic boom” has emerged.  It has been touted as “Texas’ Single Largest Economic Development in history,” stated by The Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates oil and gas in Texas. The boom has created approximately 29,700 jobs in 2011 and will create thousands more within the upcoming year.

With these new job creations, many small and rural towns are starting to have shortages in housing, hotels and retail. In response, developers are beginning to construct temporary housing, semi-permanent housing and multifamily developments for employees of the Eagle Ford Shale.  An interesting article about the Eagle Ford Shale Economic impact can be read here.

Currently the San Antonio Kudela & Weinheimer landscape architecture team is working on various projects for Koontz McCombs directly related to the Eagle Ford Shale economic boom.

  1. Sendero Ranch, a 23 acre site in Pearsall, Texas, has space for approximately 100 semi-permanent homes along with highway frontage property for future hotels.  Developed by Koontz McCombs, the site offers wooded lots and on site amenities such as laundry facilities and outdoor gathering areas so that residents can enjoy their families and newly made neighbors and friends.
  2. Sendero Ranch in Dilley, Texas, yeah yeah, I know same name – I thought that was weird too. This site is notably larger at 130 acres, 30 acres being slated for semi-permanent housing, 9 acres being slated for tract homes, and other acreage being slated for industrial and commercial use.   This site also offers on site amenities such as laundry facilities and outdoor gathering areas.
  3. Multifamily development is also growing in Midland/Odessa, Texas.  Brownstone Apartments, located on a 13 acre site, will have 268 units, an outdoor cabana and entertainment area, and some great recreation amenities.  This is one of three active projects in the area.

Some other interesting articles about the economic boom caused by the Eagle Ford Shale fracking.
The Chron
The San Antonio Business Journal

The San Antonio office of Kudela & Weinheimer has been in operation since 2006, 5 years. The office has five employees at the moment but continues to grow and take on interesting and challenging landscape projects and are always looking for talented landscape architects. Matthew Moczygemba is the Principal-in-Charge of the San Antonio office and has successfully led his landscape architecture team on projects such as the Broadway Luxury Condominiums and 1221 Broadway Lofts, UT Health Science Center South Texas Research Facility and federal projects such as Fort Sam METC and IMCOM. 

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