Laurel Apartments

Austin, Texas

This 300-unit, urban style apartment community on nine acres by Greystar in east Austin spans between two watersheds requiring separate stormwater facilities for each. Biofiltration ponds add to the aesthetics of the landscape. One of the two detention ponds functions as an outdoor green space with an overlook deck. The other is located underground below parking to maximize buildable area. Utility connections required extension of the City wastewater main.


Commercial zoning triggered Subchapter E requirements not conducive for residential development along highway frontage. Alternative equivalent compliance was used in lieu of the commercial requirements to create a residential atmosphere using walking trail connections, bike path, dog park, and outdoor multiple gathering spaces throughout the site.

Topography dictated stormwater ponds in main areas of the site and were designed to be an amenity rather than a detraction.

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We’re very happy with Laurel. I think it turned out great and that big grassy detention pond is one of the best amenities that we’ve been able to plug into a central apartment community.

Nic Whittaker, Senior Development Director, Greystar


concept, schematic design, construction documents, service extension request, site permitting, construction administration