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Our Thought Leaders Blog covers topics of interest for our clients: public infrastructure construction and real estate development topics, municipal and state regulations, and smart and connected communities.

Got Muck?

Sometimes the best “tool in the toolbox” is to leave some of the muck right where it is, especially if onsite wetland preservation is needed.

Sea Level Rise and Property Rights

Throughout history, engineers have proved excellent at designing and building walls on a massive scale – so a wall to hold back rising tides should be easy. Right?

Technically Speaking, We Birdied All 36 Holes…

Working with golf course designer Kipp Schulties of Kipp Schulties Golf Design, Inc., it was determined that an aerial mapping approach would minimize time onsite and create very little impact on golf course activities.

Houston Skyline

Typical Building Setbacks in the City of Houston

Building Setbacks, or Building Lines, are a common mechanism used by many jurisdictions to control how close buildings may be constructed to property lines. See what the requirements are in the City of Houston.

VRF Diagram

What is a VRF Air Conditioning System?

Investing in VRF technology on your next project can reduce energy costs, improve occupant comfort, reduce mechanical unit noise and reduce down time. WGI’s MEP Engineering experts can help you design and select the right system.

Heritage Oak Tree Austin

What is a Heritage Tree in the City of Austin?

The urban forest has social, ecological, economic, historical, and aesthetic benefits for the citizens of Austin. Learn about the Heritage Tree Ordinance and how it may affect your next development project.

Stormwater Permit

What is a SWPPP?

Nearly all construction site operators engaged in clearing, grading, excavation activities that disturb one acre or more, including smaller sites in a larger common plan of development or sale, are required to prepare a SWPPP. WGI can help.

Imagine Austin Growth Concept Map 1

Neighborhood Planning Areas in Austin

Do you wonder when you should reach out to the neighborhood about your project? It’s not an easy answer – at WGI, we’ve got a track record of experience in successful neighborhood outreach efforts.

Traffic Impact Analysis

Do I need a Traffic Impact Analysis?

Do you have questions about how many multifamily units, homes, or how much commercial square footage will trigger a TIA in the City of Austin? WGI can help!