Mercer Crossing Business Park Landscape
Farmers Branch, Texas
GFF Planning was retained to provide planning and landscape architectural services for the 40 acre Mercer Crossing Business Park. The first of three planned buildings will become a three-story, 165,000 SF national headquarters for Monitronics. As a part of this first phase, two intimate outdoor amenity spaces were developed with one being at the main entry to the building, and one at the rear of the building and adjacent to the lake. Both spaces were designed to create multiple seating opportunities for gathering and relaxing and also include enhanced pedestrian paved surfaces, a lush, drought tolerant plant palette, and landscape lighting for added safety. As well, a 10’-0” wide hike and bike trail hugs the lake and connects to a trail network extending west. The trail is flanked by a series of trees that as they mature will create an overhead canopy and color spectrum art gateways that create a sense of place at each transition. In conjunction with the development of future phases, the master plan includes an 80,000SF central park featuring a large scale sculpture anchoring the development, multiple seating opportunities, athletic courts, and outdoor grilling areas.