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Storied Park Pens Next Chapter

How do you preserve a historic and well-loved community amenity, yet breathe new life into it at the same time? The challenge cannot be overstated. This type of project requires a careful balancing act between honoring the past and developing an inspiring vision for the future. Situated along the scenic banks of the San Gabriel River in the heart of Georgetown, Texas, San Gabriel Park has served as a central place for community gatherings since the late 1800s. In 2014, the City of Georgetown hired RVi to develop a Master Plan for the park and to design park improvements that will be strategically phased over the next several years. As the first phase of improvements wraps up construction and phase two is set to begin, the vision for San Gabriel Park and the way in which our team addressed this unique challenge is taking shape.

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Chip Mills Honored with ULI Austin Impact Award


We are thrilled to share the news that Chip Mills, Vice President in RVi’s Austin office, was recognized as ULI Austin’s 2018 “Member of the Year” at the annual Impact Awards ceremony that took place earlier this week. Chip shared the spotlight with Greg Weaver, Executive Vice President of Catellus Development, who received the “Influence Award” in recognition of his sustained contribution to the ULI Chapter. Gary Farmer, CEO of Heritage Title, received the “Vision Award” and Caitlin Admire with Perkins+Will received the “Young Leader of the Year” award.

In addition to serving as an influential leader in Austin’s real estate community, Chip spearheaded the creation of ULI Austin’s NEXT Program and served as the inaugural Chair since 2016. Guided by a Steering Committee, the ULI NEXT initiative engages, connects, and elevates the next generation of leaders through a network of multi-disciplinary small meeting groups, known in the program as “Flights.” Chip reflects on his time as Chair and the talented team members with whom he’s had the opportunity to collaborate:

“It has been an honor serving on the management committee and working alongside ULI staff over the past two years. The caliber of the folks on the committee is incredible, and I’ve benefited tremendously from being a part of this group. We didn’t have a true template when we started NEXT, but once the structure was identified it became clear there was significant demand for this program. We were very thoughtful about who we selected to lead each flight, and in doing so, we identified individuals who were not only highly respected in their field, but who also understood our vision and could execute effectively. The success of the program is a direct result of our Flight Leaders’ hard work and dedication. They are the true award recipients.

Special thanks to Paulette Gibbins, Ariel Romell, Cheryl McOsker, Sean Abbott, Seth Mearig, David Carter, Elizabeth Good, Matt Dungan, Elliott Doerle, Robert Deegan, Jonathan Fleming, Janki DePalma, and RVi’s Dennis Tonsor.”

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RViers Honor Founder Bob Richardson with Sustainable Symbol


In recognition of RVi Founding Principal Bob Richardson’s 49-year career and his skillful leadership of the firm for over three decades, the RVi Houston office planted a tree in honor of Bob earlier this year. In coordination with Trees for Houston, a non-profit organization whose mission is to plant, protect, and promote trees throughout the greater Houston area, our team planted a 15-gallon tribute tree in the Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve tribute grove, located in southwest Houston. The areas around the Reserve’s ponds are designated for wildlife conservation and passive recreation, offering visitors walking trails and gazebos for outdoor enjoyment.

Bob left his mark on countless stellar projects throughout his remarkable career, and he continues to lend his expertise to RVi as a member of our Board of Directors and strategic project consultant. A big thank you to Bob from all of us!

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