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Woodlands Waterway Bridge near East Shore Dedicated as Robert Heineman Pedestrian Bridge

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) held a private ceremony to name the walkable connector from East Shore over The Woodlands Waterway® as the “Robert Heineman Pedestrian Bridge” in honor of his role in the development of The Woodlands®. Community leaders and executives with The Howard Hughes Corporation, along with Heineman, his wife Pamela and family, gathered at the site on The Woodlands Waterway for the dedication ceremony.

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Having recently retired as Vice President of Planning & Design, Heineman’s career spanned 48 years as part of the original team for The Woodlands, playing an integral role in The Woodlands for nearly five decades. 

The dedication ceremony was held on Monday, March 8, the three-year anniversary of the completion of The Woodlands Waterway, an award-winning 1.8-mile linear park and transportation corridor, linking urban residential living to shopping, business, dining and entertainment venues. The Waterway was a long-range project, which spanned 46 years. Heineman was the author of the 1972 diagram depicting a mixed-use downtown with a transit corridor down the heart of the current The Woodlands Town Center®, which included The Woodlands Waterway. A plaque showing the original diagram has been placed at the bridge. 




“We are proud to honor Robert’s vision and contributions to The Woodlands by dedicating this bridge in his name, the Robert Heineman Pedestrian Bridge,” said Jim Carman, President, Houston Region for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “Robert has played a significant role in The Woodlands from its inception. Through his visionary planning, he helped shape The Woodlands into one of the most admired and successful master planned communities worldwide.” 

Along with The Woodlands Waterway, Heineman has been involved in all aspects of planning for The Woodlands including the master plan, the village and neighborhood designs, the environmental plan, the open space system, drainage, the mobility system, parks and pathways and the plan for the Town Center.




The Woodlands is a 28,800-acre master planned community located 27 miles north of downtown Houston. Throughout its 47-year history, The Woodlands has led the way among master planned communities that practice environmental preservation. It is home to 118,000 people, and over 68,000 people work in the community. The Woodlands is one of the most successful master planned communities in Texas and the nation. The Woodlands was named “Trailblazer of the Year” in 2018 by the Greater Houston Builders Association. The community was also named “Humanitarian of the Year” in 2019, 2017, 2016 and 2007 and “Master Planned Community of the Year” in 2015, 2010 and 2007 by the Greater Houston Builders Association. For more information, visit For additional details, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. 


The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include the country’s preeminent portfolio of master planned communities, as well as operating properties and development opportunities including: the Seaport District in New York; Columbia, Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin®, Las Vegas; and Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. The Howard Hughes Corporation’s portfolio is strategically positioned to meet and accelerate development based on market demand, resulting in one of the strongest real estate platforms in the country. Dedicated to innovative placemaking, the company is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC. For additional information visit