- The Washington Times - Monday, January 13, 2003

Stephen T. Schulte is on the forefront of developing a new town in Loudoun County.
The veteran engineer was promoted to vice president in the Brambleton Group, the company formed to create the new town of Brambleton, Va. He will oversee management of the 2,000-acre development.
"This is probably the last big property to be developed in Loudoun County as a new community, which really shows how much this part of Northern Virginia has taken off in the last decade," said Mr. Schulte, 39.
Loudoun is the third fastest growing county in the United States, with a population of 190,903 as of July 2001, the Census Bureau says.
Mr. Schulte has been on the job since the spring of 1999, originally as director of engineering. He managed the initial planning pro-cess of the community.
"It's been a very exciting project because of its uniqueness from other communities that have popped up, and I say that having lived in Loudoun County for several years," Mr. Schulte said.
It's not the first time he has been involved with developing a township formed from Washington's urban sprawl.
Before joining the architecture firm, Mr. Schulte worked with Mobil Land Development in the final stages of development for Reston, another planned community in Northern Virginia.
"I was really at the tail end of the project in Reston, but it was a learning experience for developing Brambleton, which I've had a hand in for the last two years from the ground up," Mr. Schulte said. "It was neat to work out the finer details for a town that was a case I studied in college on urban sprawl."
The project is spread over 10 years, with builders set to start construction work on $65 million worth of high school facilities in early spring. So far, builders have completed 200 houses in the community, he said.
Mr. Schulte says he faces some challenges in the project, such as obtaining zoning certifications through the county's planning board, but most of the obstacles are expected.
"We have a high demand for housing, which is a good challenge for our builders and the county to have," he said.
Mr. Schulte resides in Ashburn with his wife, Karen, and their two children.

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