By: Jared Bowlin, P.E.
Senior Vice President | Treasurer | Practice Area Leader – Land Services
Meridiana is an upscale master planned community in Brazoria County comprised of over 3,000 acres. The socially active community is designed to highlight the natural landscape of the area, and includes incredible landscaping, elegantly maintained creeks, bayous and parks connected by bridges and miles of winding pathways, developed to encourage residents to explore the outdoors.
“EHRA Engineering is excited to be a part of this project,” said Jared Bowlin, Senior Vice President and Practice Area Leader of Land Services for EHRA. “We were involved in providing a unique blend of vision and creativity to Meridiana, a community that values active lifestyles and education, with learning opportunities throughout the community.”
The Texas Association of Builders awarded Meridiana Best Community of the Year at the 2017 Star Awards. The development was also awarded the Best Community of the Year in the PRISM Awards, sponsored by the Greater Houston Builders Association.
EHRA provided land planning, surveying, and engineering design for excavation, paving and grading, water mains, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, detention basins and amenity features and street paving for this 3,200-acre development which includes 5,500 single-family residential lots, commercial, schools and park development.
The master planned community includes remapping the Chocolate Bayou watershed to remove large portions of the development from the 100-year flood plain and the design of a complex drainage system consisting of multiple detention facilities to be utilized as amenity features. EHRA was also responsible for the design of several bridges including a crossing both over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and under CenterPoint Energy transmission lines, as well as multiple crossings over drainage facilities. The project required design and construction of two wastewater treatment plant facilities and two water plants capable of serving the development’s need.