Preview of 2900 Manor Road, a new Transit Oriented Development in Austin, Texas

May 30, 2012 by Will Schnier P.E.

2900 Manor Road is the largest single mixed use project to date that has been proposed for the M. L. King, Jr. Station Transit Oriented Development (TOD) district of East Austin. The project will provide ±252 residential units with pedestrian friendly ground floor uses.

BIG RED DOG is responsible for the civil engineering design and site development permitting for this project, which is expected to break ground in the fall of 2012. The project is being designed by our friends from Houston-based Meeks + Partners with an assist from Austin’s own Michael Hsu Office of Architecture. The landscape architecture and amenity package has been designed by the team at TBG Partners.


Rendering of 2900 Manor Road by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture


2900 Manor Road is both a Transit Oriented Development, and a Vertical Mixed Use (VMU) project. Vertical Mixed Use generally refers to residential uses located above retail, commercial, or office uses. The added building height, density, and diversity of uses encourages pedestrian activity and provides housing choices close to goods and services for neighborhood residents. BIG RED DOG has a tremendous amount of experience working on TOD and VMU projects in the City of Austin. We’re currently working on many similar projects, including Corazon and South Lamar Plaza.

A special addition to the project is the creation of the next segment of the “Rails with Trails” bicycle and pedestrian route connecting all rail stops along the MetroRail transit line. The project is dedicating a 10-foot wide bicycle track through the center of the project, connecting the current bicycle lane and sidewalks south of Manor Road on Alexander Avenue to bicycle lanes on Randolph Street the northwest. In the case of 2900 Manor Road, the project will also feature a full pedestrian streetscape sidewalk design – including trees, benches, and bike racks. In order to provide the streetscape improvements, a License Agreement is typically necessary.


Rendering of 2900 Manor Road by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture


BIG RED DOG is a central Texas-based civil engineering firm specializing in land development engineering, permitting, and land use consulting.

Our team of professional civil engineers and certified land planners has over 100-years of combined experience in the Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and greater Texas market. Our land development project experience includes multi-family, mixed-use, office, commercial, industrial, oil & gas, and single-family subdivision development projects throughout central and south Texas and the gulf coast. At BIG RED DOG, Service is not a Commodity.




Written by Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier is the Chief Executive Officer of BIG RED DOG Engineering | Consulting. Will received his BSCE from Purdue University and co-founded BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting in 2009. Since starting the firm in 2009, BIG RED DOG has grown to over 100 team members with offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. BIG RED DOG has garnered awards for being one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Texas (Business Journal’s Fast 50 in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and an ENR top 100 Design Firm in Texas and Louisiana (2012, 2103, 2014, 2015). Mr. Schnier is very well versed in the project review and development permitting process having worked closely and very successfully with City and County review staff, neighborhood associations, environmental groups, and public boards and councils. He has been responsible for the project management, engineering design, and regulatory permitting of hundreds of single family subdivision projects, mixed use and multifamily residential developments, industrial facilities and oil and gas development projects throughout Texas. He is the author of two publications: “Land Subdivision – A Practical Guide for Central Texas” and “The Book on License Agreements in the City of Austin”. Will was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA) in 2014 and served as Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s appointment to the City of Austin Zoning Board of Adjustment from 2011 to 2015.