About the Project

In celebration of Hermann Park’s 100th birthday, the Hermann Park Conservancy partnered with Tellepsen to transform a 15-acre site, where the Houston Garden Center previously stood, into the new McGovern Centennial Gardens. Garden includes a grand entry pavilion and a covered Arbor Walk which leads to 8-acres of lush, colorful themed gardens. The focal point of the project is the 8,000-square-foot Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, constructed of glass with an angled, open central wall of dark granite and a ceiling of glowing stainless steel that reflects the natural colors of the earth, sky and water. Another key feature of the garden is the 30-foot high garden mount that is surrounded at the base by lush fig ivy and yaupon shrubs. The mount features a granite waterfall and covered walkways leading to its peak which provides beautiful panoramic views of Hermann Park.

The Numbers

  • 13 Months


The Details

Type: New Construction
Components: Pavillion, Gardens, Garden Mount, Parking, Site Work
Method: Construction Manager at Risk
Sector(s): Community, Parks and Open Spaces
Client: Hermann Park Conservancy

Tech Perspective

Tellepsen utilizes advanced scheduling tools on all projects starting from the proposal and throughout preconstruction and construction. We have trained all project managers and superintendents on how to properly use these tools for regular schedule updates, what-if scenarios, delay evaluation, procurement planning, and stakeholder communication.


  • Architect: White Oak Studio Landscape Architecture
  • MEP Engineer: Instructure Associates
  • Structural Engineer: IMEG (formerly Cardno Haynes Whaley)
  • Civil Engineer: Infrastructure Associates

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