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Landscape Architects Announce Theme for 1987 Awards Event

"Recognition of Excellence" is the theme for the 1987 Landscape Awards competition presented by the LAF/CLASS FUND.

More than 150 entries are anticipated for this year’s awards event featuring some 16 categories of competition. This program is unique because it recognizes landscape architects, landscape contractors, developers and governmental agencies as well as landscape architecture students.

Over the past seven years, the LAF/CLASS FUND has built up an endowment of more $150,000, which, on an annual basis, contributes to the educational advancement of the landscape industry with grants and scholarships to universities and students in the Southern California area.

The 1987 Landscape Awards winners will be honored at a black-tie dinner on Friday, October 9 at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel. Over 400 landscape industry professionals and guests will attend the gala event, where 45 awards will be presented.

Jim Hogan of Hogan Roy Partners, landscape architects, is the chairman of this year’s awards program. The LAF/CLASS FUND committee includes Klaus Ahlers, Bob Cardoza, Bill Cathcart, John Culbertson, Chuck DeGarmo, Ray Osborne, Martin Rippens, Rob Sawyer and Donna Silliphant.

Conant on Golf Course Community Design

Richard R. Conant, ASLA, recognized landscape architect and a principal of Orlando-based Foster

Conant & Associates, spoke on “Designing Communities Around A Golf Course” during the 9th annual Southeast Builders Conference (SEBC) at the Marriott World Center hotel and resort in Orlando, August 13-15.

Conant, whose firm has provided the landscape architecture and planning design for numerous golf course communities throughout the Southeast, including Arnold Palmer’s Isleworth Country Club in nearby Windermere, was joined by Tampa golf course designers Larry and Roger Packard of Packard, Inc. for the 90-minute seminar.

A native Central Floridian and a graduate of the University of Florida with a B.A. in landscape architecture, Conant is a certified instructor for the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Florida and Daytona Beach Community College.

In addition to Isleworth, Foster-Conant has provided the landscape architecture and planning design for Winter Park’s Interlachen Country Club and its Joe Lee-designed golf course, and Orlando’s billion-dollar mixed-use development of MetroWest and its Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course.

U. of Arizona Announces New LA Chair

The University of Arizona is very pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Deeter as the new Chair of Landscape Architecture. Mike is currently completing his MLA degree while serving on the faculty at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. This follows 15 years in private practice. He brings to our program added strength in design, graphics and technology--with an emphasis on computer applications.

Also, the University of Arizona is again recruiting individuals who are involved in professional practice and who are interested in teaching part time. For the fall semester they are looking for someone to teach site planning and design studio. Several possibilities exist for the spring semester including landscape construction and a sophomore year design process studio.

Candidates should have a professional degree in landscape architecture and a minimum of three years of professional experience. A letter of application and current curriculum vitae should be sent by August 1, 1987 to:

Michael Deeter, Chair, Division of Landscape Resources, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721 (602) 6213948 or 621-1004.

Work Progressing on Ft. Myers Downtown Project

Planning and design of the new riverfront park in downtown Fort Myers, is progressing rapidly. The project, which could include a river-walk, European market, entertainment pier, amphitheater and gardens, is expected to revitalize the downtown area.

The team selected for the project includes Naples-based A. Gail Boorman & Associates, site planning and landscape architecture; Hole Montes & Associates, civil engineering; and Alfred French & Associates, lighting design. Gora, McGahey Associates of Fort Myers, are architects.

Activities of all southwest Florida firms are coordinated by BRW, a planning firm based in Minnesota. BRW is the prime consultant for the city, and project manager for Centennial Park. The firm currently is working on a similar project in St. Petersburg and has nationwide experience.

Centennial Park is a city project with close involvement from the Downtown Redevelopment Agency. The agency is working with the same team of firms to ensure that all elements of the park and waterfront have a consistent design and theme.

Environmental Images Selected By City of Baldwin Park

Environmental Images, a landscape architectural design and planning firm in Anaheim, CA has been selected by the city of Baldwin Park to design landscape plans for a two-mile stretch of the San Bernardino Freeway Corridor, portions of which are included in a redevelopment project. The city of Baldwin Park is eager to improve freeway frontage viewing for retail and business sites. Several on and off ramps, bus stops and special entry gore areas will also be designed to improve the entries to the city. Environmental Images’ past and present experience with Caltrans, in cities such as Cerritos and Anaheim, will be of benefit in the coordination of this project.

Mike Baron, principal of Environmental Images, and his well qualified staff, are excited to assist the city of Baldwin Park and to add this design to their current job list. Project diversification, creative design concepts and construction drawing experience continue to help Environmental Images establish a place in the field of landscape architecture.

McCumber Selected for Golf Course in New Jersey

Mark McCumber and Associates, under the direction of PGA Tour Professional Mark McCumber and McCumber Construction, both of Middleburg, Florida have been commissioned to design and build an 18 hole golf course at Westlake Village, a retirement community being developed in Jackson Township, Ocean County, New Jersey, announced J. Christopher Commins, senior vice president, McCumber Golf, the parent company for Mark McCumber and Associates, McCumber Construction and McCumber Consultants.

“Preliminary plans for the Westlake Village project, located near the Jersey Shore, include a par 63, 18 hole executive golf course. It is to be a focal point in the retirement community with a centrally located clubouse and several holes of the golf course to be located along the front entrance to the project,” noted Commins.

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