University Oaks Going for the Green
The IKEA-anchored University Oaks shopping center in Round Rock was developed by addressing environmental concerns and sound retail business practices.
The center houses 590,580 square feet of retail at 1-35 and University Oaks Boulevard. Developed by Endeavor Real Estate Group, it includes a Wachovia, PetsMart, REI, Ross, J.C. Penney, Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts, Mattress Firm and a Mighty Fine Burgers.
Development of the land required the decommissioning of a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant with a successful cleanup of the contaminated worksite. The developer also created the project around the preservation ofa 110-year-old oak tree that is now the focus of an outdoor deck and children’s playground.
Endeavor worked on energy efficiency with REI and Jo-Ann Fabric to obtain environmentally friendly LEED certi fication. In addition to using recyled materials during construction, the two stores practice water conservation and use energy-efficient lighting.