Located in Rockwall, Texas, The Harbor is a mixed-use, lakefront development created in response to the community’s need for a public location to enjoy Lake Ray Hubbard. As much of the shoreline had been developed by private interests, the Rockwall city council endeavored to create a landmark development for its residents. In addition to creating public access, the council envisioned a premiere commercial and entertainment district.
Private developer Whittle Development took on the project, and following the client’s desire for an Italian theme, O’Brien Architects created a Mediterranean influenced architectural design. Today, the Harbor is an outdoor retail destination, featuring boutiques, restaurants, and offices, with a 12-screen theatre, upscale hotel, and civic center. Improvements incorporated by the City of Rockwall include an outdoor amphitheater and large signature fountain. In addition, visitors enjoy amenities including a public boardwalk, fountains, plazas, pedestrian promenade, and boat docks.
Charlotte Jones AndersonDallas Cowboys"O'Brien is about incredible architecture. They are an amazing team who works tirelessly, who burn the midnight oil. You talk about people with passion, they are a passionate team. O'Brien has lead us on an epic path of greatness. We are excited to continue with our partnership with Sean and his team."
Shawn FulhamLincoln Property Company"O'Brien has been a truly invaluable partner for Lincoln Property Company over the last 30 years. They have a comprehensive understanding of master planning, mixed use, and all the individual uses and components that make complex projects successful from both a design and financial standpoint. They have a long history of success, and always continue to stay on the cutting edge of design and development."
Lucy BillingsleyBillingsley Company"Sean O’Brien and team have the creativity, alacrity and flexibility to be great design partners. They listen closely and then bring all the historical architectural smarts and a fresh eye to creating places where you’d like to be. They first think through making the public realm inviting and then enrich that with great architecture."
Kyle NixPritchard Associates, Inc."I always enjoy working with the O’Brien team. They are very responsive and efficient, and work well with ownership to help keep projects on time and on budget."
John GriggsPresidium Group, LLC"O’Brien, some of the most skilled in the country and truly design iconic structures. The team works hard and commits to every detail. You can expect them to drop everything, meet deadlines, work with the budget. They are just the best."
Josh EamesPresidium Group, LLC"O’Brien is one of our most trusted partners. O’Brien team, Your efforts are always top notch and you nail every project out of the park. You are key partner for us."