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Cort Paul Honored by Builders

Courtland Paul

Courtland Paul F.A.S.L.A., has received the 1992 Max C. Tipton Memorial award for Marketing Excellence. Presented at the 19th annual MAME (Major Achievement in Merchandising Excellence) ceremony on January 23, 1993, the Max C. Tipton award is a living memorial to honor professionals in the housing industry, whose outstanding achievement and contributions have served to augment, shape, and define the building industry.

According to Peter Mayer, producer of the MAME ceremony, "Cort is an innovator, who has brought landscape architecture to the forefront (and) created a method by which the profession is recognized as an essential element of any project." Adds Mayer, "he is fascinating to work with on a project team, he brings his own brand of enthusiasm, vision, and expertise that goes way beyond what is expected of him as a landscape architect." Associates, partners, and friends all agree that he is a charismatic personality, dedicated professional, and visionary.

Mr. Paul originally founded Courtland Paul & Associates in 1951 - the firm changed its name to Peridian in 1976 to provide a continuum for the company. The firm has since grown internationally to a four office firm - Irvine, California; Guadalajara, Mexico; Singapore; and Tokyo, Japan. Peridian's corporate office is located at 17848 Sky Park Circle in Irvine, California.

Florida Growers Consolidate

NGA Executive Vice President, Earl Wells

On February 1, Florida's environmental horticulture industry moved a step closer to total unification when current members of the Florida Foliage Association (FFA) became members of the Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association (FNGA).

FFA officials announced on January 23, dissolution of the trade association, effective Feb. 1, with all members automatically becoming FNGA members.

Consolidation of the two groups had been a matter of on and off discussions for several years, but according to FFA officials, damage resulting from Hurricane Andrew last August was a major factor in the decision.

FNGA Executive Vice President Earl Wells said the unification adds strength to industry legislative and regulatory efforts in Florida and Washington. Wells noted that another industry group, the Florida Ornamental Growers Association (FOGA) made a similar move in June 1992. At that time FOGA dissolved and members were encouraged to join FNGA.

Good News For Turf

Research by Dr. Vic Gibeault, University of California Riverside, has found that warm season and cool season grasses can look good with less water than was previously thought.

"Optimal watering for warm season grasses is 60% of the CIMIS referenced evapotranspiration rate and it is 80% of the evapotranspiration rate for cool season grasses," said Dr. Vic Gibeault, "To our surprise we found the grass still looked great when watered at significantly under the optimal watering rate. Cool season grasses need only 80% of their optimal rate and warm season grasses can maintain their appearance at 60% of optimal watering. The only side effect was slower growth."

In another note, research by Greg Jorgensen and Kenneth Solomon of California State University, Fresno, Center for Irrigation Technology, has found subsurface irrigation of turf can also be effective. The old worry was that roots might grow into the drippers and clog them, but Jorgensen and Solomon found ways to prevent root intrusion. When turf can be successfully drip irrigated, then landscape architects will be able to take advantage of the landscape water sources of the future - recycled and gray water. For the complete results of the study call 209-278-2066.

Check Your Contracts Carefully

According to a report from the Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC) a recent federal appeals court applying Maryland law has ruled that "a general contractor (GC) has no legal duty to disclose to its subcontractor (SC) the information it possesses about the owner's financial ability to pay for the project."

The case, Architectural Systems Inc. v. Gilbane Building Co., (No. 92-1107, 4th cir., 9/8/92), apparently involved the construction of a wharf project in Baltimore, where the subcontract "contained a 'pay-when-paid' clause wherein the contractor pays the subcontractor when the owner pays the contractor."

Apparently during construction, the SC started to experience slow payment and contacted the GC to ascertain whether the owner's money problems would preclude them from being paid. While the project engineer apparently believed that the owner may not be able to pay he never communicated his feelings to the SC.

When the owner filed for bankruptcy, the SC's breach of contract claims were dismissed after the federal district court found that the "pay-when-paid" clause in the SC's contract created a condition precedent to the GC's obligation to pay.

The court held that the GC was not under a legal duty to disclose that information to the SC and that no special relationship of trust or confidence existed between either party which would create such a duty to disclose.

Colorado Looking for Licensure

Colorado's State Flower: Aquilegia caerulea

Following an informative session with the State Senator Bob Schaffer, who chairs the State Sunrise/Sunset Committee, and an executive committee planning session at which the subject was discussed at length, Colorado ASLA Chapter President Ed Shalkey held an open meeting February 3, 1993 to develop an action plan for the chapter's pursuit of licensure in Colorado. While everyone who could make a contribution to the pursuit of this issue was strongly urged to attend, only three people showed up. Despite the disappointing turnout, they moved ahead and chose Dana Leavitt of the National Park Service at Rocky Mountain National Park to head the committee which will coordinate their efforts. Bimonthly meetings will now be focused around the subject of politics. Anyone, and that means everyone, who wants to help bring licensure to Colorado should contact Mr. Dana Leavitt at (303) 586-2371, Extension 234, for more information on the licensure action plan.

Reciprocity for California's PELA Endangered

The new California specific PELA (Professional Exam for Landscape Architects), has raised questions and issues about reciprocity. PELA, a replacement for the national exam provided by CLARB, will be in three sections, as opposed to the seven which are in CLARB's exam (LARE), and will be graded in a semi-compensatory manner.

While California is encouraging other state boards to review the new exam to determine its equivalency to LARE, there are reportedly thirteen states who have already confirmed they will not grant reciprocity to people who passed the PELA.

In addition, the North American Free Trade Agreement is beginning to open doors internationally, which intensifies the concern that not only will the PELA limit people from practicing in other states, but also in other countries. Canada, which in some places is beginning to recognize the LARE, could provide new territory for landscape architects if reciprocity is recognized and agreed upon.

California residents do have the option of going out of state to obtain licensure, but there is some question as to what will be offered for the state specific section of the national exam. Concerns have also been expressed about the expense and time it takes to go out of the state to obtain licensing. The Mississippi State Board is even considering coming to California to administer the LARE. More on this as it develops...

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