Award of Excellence – Maryland Building Industry Association, Land Development Council

Watershed is an award-winning, mixed-use community planned for 1800 residential units and 50,000 SF +/- of retail. MRA has provided site planning, site engineering, surveying, and builder services for the development. This 200+/-acre development is located off of Route 198 in Laurel, MD and adjoins the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge. The community’s design reflects the natural environment of its neighbor by preserving more than 60% of the project in open space. The developer planned a robust recreation amenity package that has been incorporated throughout the community promoting its residents to enjoy the outdoors. MRA’s services included preparation of detailed residential layouts, clubhouse and recreation facilities (outdoor pool, bike park, playscapes and gathering places for children, and scenic trails), design guidelines, landscaping plans, forest conservation plans, reforestation plans, grading, utility design, SWM design and subdivision plans and plats. MRA facilitated approvals from the County for the innovative and artful micro bio-retention facility design features desired by the developer, which includes dry streambeds with large boulders to give the appearance of a natural environment throughout the community.