We specialize in infrastructure and land productivity assessments, fiscally-based comprehensive planning, green infrastructure implementation, neighborhood revitalization, small scale infill and redevelopment and other projects that create places that are healthy, financially productive and pedestrian-friendly.
We are inspired by people and organizations who challenge the traditional ways of approaching infrastructure design and development. Moving away from "business as usual" requires education and collaboration. Join the conversation and learn more about making yours a "VERDUNITY Community"!
VERDUNITY, Inc. was founded in April 2011 by three individuals who share a common passion for local communities, have diverse technical backgrounds, and are committed to providing exceptional client service and communication. We are a woman-owned civil engineering, urban design and community consulting firm focused on providing infrastructure planning and design services that help create healthy, economically sustainable communities. Our vision and core philosophy are defined by the following concepts:
We Have a Passion for Municipal Clients and Communities Local communities are being asked to take on more responsibilities with fewer resources. Because of this, we feel our communities can benefit from technical assistance, resource support and partnership more than ever before. We left leadership positions in national firms behind to start VERDUNITY because we saw a tremendous opportunity to be what we’ve termed Community Consultants. We emphasize local community involvement and knowledge FIRST, and then connect team members together to deliver community-specific, high value solutions.
Finding Solutions to Community Needs Requires a New Approach Addressing community challenges while still dealing with the impacts of a struggling economy requires an approach that is much more incremental, collaborative and transparent in nature, with a focus on integrated solutions that cross geographic, business, organization, department and technical lines. Projects must be planned, funded, designed, operated and maintained with this in mind. In order to warrant investment, projects will need to be framed in multiple ways, and consulting teams must be prepared to not just involve stakeholders in planning and design, but embrace them. Rather than sit back and wait, we formed VERDUNITY to lead this transformation at the community level.
We Want to Help Clients Do the Right Projects, the Right Way The post-WW II development pattern has left communities with a significant amount of infrastructure requiring replacement, and not nearly enough revenue to pay for this maintenance and expansion of new facilities. Federal and state dollars for local infrastructure are decreasing, and communities are having to pick up the bill. In addition, the shrinking availability of, and increasing demand for water and other natural resources is changing the way we view our world at home, in our communities, and yes, even in business. Before taking on a project, we challenge our clients and stakeholders to make sure the project is really needed and identify ways to make the infrastructure affordable over the long-term. Once we know we’re spending resources on the right project, we assemble teams with the right mix of expertise, incorporate proven sustainable design principles and utilize the latest technology to design and deliver solutions that are environmentally and fiscally sustainable. Our firm believes that the Envision Rating System developed by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) is an emerging framework and toolset for making these types of decisions and evaluating the full benefits of infrastructure projects, so we signed in 2011 to be a Charter Member and have two of the first certified Envision professionals in the country and in Texas.
We know that fiscal responsibility and environmental stewardship mean something different for every project and community, and VERDUNITY is committed to helping you figure out what works best for your situation.
Communities that are financially and environmentally resilient are ones where development is done in a way that balances the built and natural environment, and ensures the city has sufficient productivity (revenue) to cover the costs required to maintain its infrastructure and provide basic services. Many cities pursue high quality of life and rapid growth in the short-term, without consideration of the long-term infrastructure maintenance costs associated with this approach. When growth slows, and the subdivisions and infrastructure put in by developers initially starts to fail and needs to be replaced, these same cities struggle to find the funds to repair everything, and the quality of the community gradually declines. Here in north Texas, where we do most of our work, communities are also facing droughts and other extreme weather events on a more regular basis, resulting in concerns about water supply and quality, as well as flooding and erosion. All of these add up to more costs - for maintenance, cleanup, permitting and yes, even more infrastructure needs. To be a truly prosperous and resilient community, a city must balance the productivity of its land with its infrastructure investments and liabilities.
Cities can get back on track by identifying areas where productivity can be increased through small, incremental investments over time. By making your downtown and other retail areas more pedestrian friendly, and improving non-motorized connectivity between these nodes, property values and sales tax revenues can be gradually increased, and infrastructure costs can be reduced. Additionally, by identifying watersheds where green infrastructure and low impact development best practices can be integrated from the top down to the outfall, a community can provide a more natural and aesthetically pleasing environment, while also improving water quality and reducing stormwater impacts downstream.