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Lovisa and Barone Landscape Associates of Mishawaka, Ind., was retained to transform this backyard into an outdoor living oasis. The highlights include a custom-built granite-topped bar and kitchen with a grill, side burner, sink and cabinets, an outdoor terrace adjacent to the bar, a fireplace with paver inlay and wrap-around seatwalls and a 20-foot by 40-foot saltwater pool with a custom-built standup bar.

NAHB Study: National Consumers Prefer Brick

Thirty-four percent of respondents to a national NAHB survey on homebuyer trends ranked brick as their preferred home exterior; vinyl siding placed second at 21 percent, followed by stone at 16 percent, stucco at 12 percent, wood at 7 percent and fiber cement at 5 percent. Ranked by price point, brick was tops among home exteriors in the $150,000 - $499,000 range, while vinyl was preferred in the $150,000 or less range; brick ranked second to stone in the $500,000+ range, with stucco in third place.

May Construction Unemployment Sets Another Five-Year Low

Construction employment in May totaled 5,804,000, a 3.4 percent increase from the prior year that yielded an additional 189,000 jobs. The unemployment rate for workers who last worked in construction dropped to 10.8 percent from 14.2 percent in May 2012 (not seasonally adjusted), and the number of unemployed construction workers shrank over the year by 259,000 to 891,000. The latest numbers were the best May figures since 2008.

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NRPA Announces Award Finalists
The National Recreation and Park Association and the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration have announced the finalists for the 2013 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

LAF Announces 28th Annual Benefit

The Landscape Architecture Foundation has announced their 28th Annual Benefit, which will take place Friday, November 15, at the Boston Harbor Hotel in Boston, Mass., during the weekend of the 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo.

Big Brother Data Mining

The Utah Data Center, code name Bumblehive, is the new centerpiece of the National Security Administration. The compound's exterior building construction is complete, and was celebrated May 30 in a closed ribbon cutting ceremony. Invitations went out to "our most loyal partners at the local, state, and federal level." The information technology is now going in. The facility is expected to be operational by October.

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ASLA Commends Reintroduction of Community Parks Revitalization Act

The Community Parks Revitalization Act (CPRA) is meant to stimulate neighborhood economic growth by leveraging limited community monies. The bill would authorize grants for park and recreation agencies, coupled with matching local funds.

IDA Contest Deadline Approaching
The International Dark Sky Association's Dark Sky giveaway contest is coming to a close, as the deadline of July 20th is fast approaching. All IDA members are eligible to enter, and may do so at

Water and Landscape Restrictions Put in Place in Drought-Stricken New Mexico

With nearly half of the state mired in exceptional drought conditions, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map, cities and towns all across New Mexico are restricting water usage. Santa Fe has implemented landscape requirements as an added water conservation measure.

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Texas Eyes Desalinating Gulf Waters

The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority is looking to see if it makes economic sense to build a desalination facility and power plant near Victoria, Texas, about 130 miles southwest of Houston on the Gulf of Mexico.

Maryland County Hikes "Rain Tax" for Stormwater Program

In 2010, the EPA ordered states within the Chesapeake Bay watershed to reduce the amount of stormwater-borne pollutants reaching the estuary. State legislation mandating stormwater mitigation programs in Maryland's 10 largest jurisdictions has culminated in the Charles County board of commissioners tripling the county's environmental services fee, known locally as a "rain tax," on property owners, which will fund the program's $2.1 million budget.

Research Touts Wetlands Restoration Near Farms

Scientists report that streams surrounded by natural vegetation showed significantly lower levels of farmland pollutants in soil samples. They recommend the restoration of Midwestern wetlands.

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Stormwater Management in Washington State Gets More Support

Efficiently managing stormwater runoff is critical in U.S. urban areas; not only to prevent water from overwhelming sewer systems but also to capture the valuable resource to support urban trees and plants.

NYC's Flood-Protection Plan

Building floodgates, like the ones pictured here that protect Rotterdam from flooding, is one possible solution to prevent flooding in lower Manhattan.

Irrigation System Maintenance Turns into a High Priority

With the hotter, longer days of July, it is important to make sure that irrigation systems are operating effectively, to ensure plant and turf survival and to ensure efficient water conservation.

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Update: South Miami Passes Landscape Equipment Restrictions

South Miami's new equipment ordinance, which went into effect June 20, restricts when lawn maintenance tools -- including lawn mowers, edgers, weed trimmers, leaf blowers, chain saws, chippers and stump grinders -- can be used near residences and outdoor restaurants.

Urban Land Institute Names New York Chairman
Longtime Urban Land Institute leader Robert Lieber, executive managing director of the Island Capital Group in New York City and former deputy mayor for economic development in New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration, has been selected to chair ULI New York. ULI New York serves about 2,000 members. Lieber will serve on a voluntary basis for a three-year term that begins July 1, 2013.

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Va. Receives $18 Million in Community Transportation Funds

VDOT announces the availability of $18 million in community transportation projects, including sidewalks and bike paths.

Netafim Wins 2013 Stockholm Industry Water Award

Netafim is an active participant in the global effort to promote sustainable water management, and the company's worldwide presence creates the chance for a significant impact on water usage.

May Home Builds: Starts Up, Permits Down, Market Growing
Increasing home construction starts in May and other market indicators are pointing toward continuing growth in the housing industry this year, despite the slight downturn in monthly building permits.

Diamond Spas Launches New Website

Diamond Spas recently launched a redesigned website. The new site features expansive images that showcases their product line and inspires the imagination.

Call for Speakers

This is a formal invitation to share your knowledge and expertise by presenting a seminar or workshop at the 2014 Landscape Architects' Expo (LA Expo) to be held February 13 - 14, 2014, at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California. To view the submittal guidelines, please click here. The deadline to submit is Monday, July 8, but sooner is better. Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to working with you in the years ahead!

Call for Green Project Feature Submittals
LASN invites your firm to submit a sustainable project for feature consideration in the Green Issue.

Dow Herbicide Now Effectively Banned in the Northeast

An herbicide that tainted Green Mountain Compost last summer can no longer legally be used on Vermont pastures. New labeling, adapted voluntarily by Dow Herbicide, prohibits the use of products such as Milestone on New England pastureland, but compost companies still worry the chemical will find its way into their products.

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