The Seaholm EcoDistrict is an exciting area of the City of Austin set up to be a model for an eco-friendly district with multi-uses including commercial, residential, municipal and outdoor spaces. There are many stakeholders ensuring the district develops according to the goals of the City. We discussed the new initiative to develop the Seaholm water intake building and what you might see on October 28 when the new library has its grand opening.
Our guests were:
Colin Wallis, CEO of the Austin Parks Foundation
Colin Wallis is the CEO of the Austin Parks Foundation, a non-profit organization that is devoted to building public/private partnerships to develop and maintain the more than 300 parks, trails, and open space in Austin and Travis County. APF seeks to fill the gap between what needs to be done and what our parks department can afford to do. Since 1992, Austin Parks Foundation has initiated, promoted, and facilitated physical improvements, new programming, and greater community involvement for Austin’s 19,000-plus acres of parkland. Each year, APF generates millions of dollars in volunteer time, in-kind donations, and financial support for city parks.
For more information, visit https://www.austinparks.org/.
Brian Ott, The Trail Foundation
Brian Ott is an award-winning, LEED-accredited landscape architect. Brian served as The Trail Foundation’s interim executive director for nearly a year and aided in the non-profit’s appointment of Heidi Cohn as executive director in June 2017. He is also a former president of the board of directors for TTF and a longtime board member.
Brian was a managing principal of TBG Partners’ Austin office and an integral member of the distinguished landscape architecture and planning firm from 1991 to 2016, playing an essential role in many of the firm’s most successful projects during that time. In addition to leading the Austin office, he played a key role in the firm wide leadership including serving as practice director for the firm. He has diverse project experiences that include exemplary and award-winning projects that encompass many project types including healthcare and healing environments, urban infill, corporate, and park design.