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  • Meridiana, Texas 288 Master-Planned Community Dedicated to Education For All

    Iowa Colony, TX – Rise Communities, developer of Meridiana, has designed Greater Houston’s first master-planned community with outdoor learning labs, created in collaboration with local educators, where residents, students and guests of all ages can study the earth’s movement, the solar system, principles of gravity and velocity, wildlife habitats and more amidst an unprecedented community of new homes.

    Located minutes south of the Texas Medical Center on Highway 288, just past Highway 6, Meridiana’s 3,000-acre community development is more than Greater Houston’s most extraordinary new master planned community, it’s an exquisite escape you’ll love calling home. This master-planned community is unrivaled in its commitment to education for all stages of life, according to Dan Naef, president of Rise Communities.

    “When we studied the local market, what stood out most was the enormous opportunity for an education-based community, particularly one close to the Texas Medical Center,” notes Naef.

    Working closely with faculty of the Alvin Independent School District, Rise Communities created engaging learning and discovery experiences, each with dedicated websites, as part of Meridiana’s first phase. Each of the experiences will be designed to fit into the District’s curriculum for students from kindergarten through high school.

    In Galileo’s Lab, one of three interactive learning labs, fixed outdoor features will allow students to study weather, water quality, the solar system, gravity and velocity and much more!. In this innovative playground, play and learning unite into a design that educates while providing physical activity and most of all fun for all ages.

    The other two learning labs located in the heart of the Amenity Village, includes the SkyMap and the community’s signature 60-foot Meridian Tower, demonstrate the sun’s movement in relation to the Earth. The sky map’s solstice and equinox lines will track the sun’s movement while the Meridian Tower will operate as a sun tower by casting a spot of sunlight on the ground that moves as the Earth rotates. Each day this spot will be centered on the analemma etched into the ground at Solar Noon.

    “Meridiana provides Alvin ISD teachers with educational tool that tie into their curriculum at every age level,” says Naef who adds that other learning labs will also be included in the community’s second phase.

    Besides its commitment to creating a one-of-a-kind, education-based community, Meridiana will be home to 5,500 new, single-family homes by Taylor Morrison, David Weekley Homes, Highland Homes, Perry Homes, Plantation Homes,CalAtlantic Homes, Shea Homes, and Trendmaker Homes.

    Meridiana’s home sites will range from 50-100 feet in width, including 80 and 100-foot home sites located in gated section. In phase one, Meridiana’s home sites will be five feet deeper than those in other master-planned communities.

    Meridiana’s Amenity Village features a Welcome Center, fitness center with children’s play area and adult lap pool, family pool with cabanas, Splash Pad, Café, Conservatory and a hillside amphitheater for movie night. Other amenities include an outdoor game area, Ambassadors Yacht, catch-and-release fishing, kayaking and a trail system with tunnels and underpasses connecting to Meridian Elementary School.

    “Hands down, we will have the best amenity package of any community in the Texas 288 submarket,” says Naef.

    Meridiana is also home to Soliel (French for sun), a trained Golden Retriever who serves as the community’s office ambassador.  Besides appearing at community events, Soliel will periodically invite residents to spend the night in her swanky, 40-foot Ambassador’s Yacht, part of Meridiana’s Amenity Village.

    Meridiana’s impressive entry features a two-story LED-paneled artist wall showcasing various images creating a unique and every changing experience.

    Individuals can go to to sign up for e-mail updates on the latest news and information as the community is developed. Also, follow Meridiana at and on Twitter and Instagram at @meridianatexas. Rise Communities also is developing the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island.

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