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Minor Gains, Scarce Growth For Construction Jobs in August

While employment in the construction industry expanded in more than half of all metropolitan areas in August, less than 10 percent of the areas measured reached peak employment for the month. Industry uncertainty over federal funding, fueled by the recent government shutdown, could further slow construction growth.

Lighting the Outdoors with Low Volts

A new line of outdoor LED string lights will premiere at The Landscape Expo, which will be held on Oct. 16 and 17 at the Long Beach (Calif.) Expo Center. The lights come in a 12-volt version, which, according to the manufacturer, allows for much longer run lengths.

APTA Honors Top Public Transportation Leaders
APTA, an international organization that represents the transit industry, has announced the individual and organizational winners of the 2013 APTA Awards.

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Home Price Surge Slows in August

After more than a year of rapidly escalating home prices, a new housing report shows that prices increased just 0.9 percent from July to August. Moderation of home price increases, which have led some economists to predict another nascent real estate bubble, may provide the stability needed to further the gains garnered by the housing market this year.

IA Wins WaterSense(R) Partner of the Year Award
The IA, a leading membership organization for irrigation companies and professionals, has been chosen for the 2013 WaterSense(R) Partner of the Year Award.

AmericanHort to Launch January 2014

Two trade associations, the ANLA and OFA, are set to form a new national horticultural trade association, AmericanHort, which will launch in January 2014.

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Showing the Grandeur of Flowers

The Grand Garden Show in Mackinac Island, Mich., is part of a series of shows that include ones in Milwaukee, Wis., Minneapolis, Minn., and Grand Rapids, Mich.

Rising Ryegrass Seed
Costs Problematic

The increased cost of seed has been a hot topic among superintendents, who often gather and share techniques, technology and other information. Some courses, particularly private courses, will simply continue to do things as always, using large amounts of seed to produce the lush course conditions expected by members.

Evaluation of Primo Maxx on Fairway Height Creeping Bentgrass
Turfgrass treated with Primo MAXX plus Sync, using the XC or M nozzles, had significantly less fresh clipping yield.

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2013 ASLA Professional and Student Awards

Among the Honor Awards in General Design was the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, landscape architecture by HM White, New York City. [See LASN Nov. 2012 Green Issue "Welcome to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Sinuous Visitor Center Integrated into the Landscape".] The leaf-shaped patio has a rain garden planted with sweet bay magnolias (right) and a large wall to retain the slope of the berm. Exterior stairs (right) gives visitors access to the roof terrace.

TurfEx Offers New Backpack, Handheld Sprayers

With an empty weight of 13 pounds, TurfEx TL40D backpack sprayer includes a 4.3-gallon tank with a unique cone-shaped bottom that ensures all liquid flows to the manually pressurized diaphragm pump. The sealed, dual-stage pump is centrally located at the bottom of the tank for consistent spraying pressure and flow.

Kansas City Leading the Way in Playground Safety

Using a combination of SYNBermuda Premium 220, SYNTipede Platinum 322 and SYNLawn's exclusive Trample Zones, the replacement of the Blue Springs School District playgrounds is currently nearing completion with nearby Kansas City, Mo., school districts taking notice.

Clearing the Road of Misrepresentations

In an effort to dissipate misleading or conflicting information regarding sidewalk ice melting techniques, dust control, road base stabilization, full depth reclamation and highway winter maintenance operations, a chemical company turned to the digital superhighway.

Gene Green Beltway 8 Park - Houston: Harris County's First LEED-Certified Park

Houston's 230-acre Gene Green Park has a multipurpose office building with classrooms, restrooms and park amenities. The building incorporates many recycled and regional materials, including recycled crushed glass and fly ash, which accounts for 13 percent and 20 percent, respectively, of the aggregate for the concrete slab. The landscape is native and adapted plants. The only irrigation (Rainbird bubblers, with Hunter 'Flow-Clik' overflow sensors) is for the trees in the core area. The 10-ft. pedestrian lighting is the 'Circa' (CR20) product line, a low profile, arm-mounted, curvilinear cutoff luminaire with 175-watt metal halide lamps. The 6-ft. backless benches ('Gretchen' series) are recycled plastic (PolySite) in a 'bark' color. The picnic tables and litter receptacles are from the same series. Note also the decorative gabions by the building with recycled crushed concrete.

Saving Filbert
The filbert is also known as a hazelnut tree. The nuts are usually harvested in the summer. This deciduous plant can be grown as a large shrub or trained into an upright tree capable of reaching 20 feet high and wide. Ruffled foliage covers the tree in the spring and summer months.

August Construction Report Unavailable
Due to Gov't Shutdown

The Census Bureau's online data center has been shuttered since October 1 due to the government shutdown, delaying the release of August construction levels. Industry trade organizations nationwide have called for an end to the impasse before its effects harm economic growth.

Guthrie Green Honored for Sustainable Design

Sustainable Tulsa has awarded Guthrie Green (March LASN Parks issue, article #17502). The landscape architectural firm for the project was SWA Group, in conjunction with Bing Thom Architects.

Gil Hodges Community Garden Will Divert 150,000 gallons of Stormwater a Year

The renovated Gil Hodges Community Garden in Brooklyn, N.Y., sports lush plantings of sweetbay magnolia, ruby spice summersweet, orange azalea and mountainmint. A birch reading grove and patio provide quiet getaways for passive recreation. The garden also has an outdoor classroom, with a blackboard, a composting station and raised vegetable beds.

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Using Used Wood

There are three subfamilies of redwood trees. Two are found in the U.S. and one in China. The only native habitats in the U.S. are on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada range in central-eastern California, the Northern California coastal forests eco-region and along the southern Oregon coast.

Judkins Park

The spray pool, located in Judkins Park in Seattle, consists of three concrete spray bollards and sculpted sea kelp forest concrete water walls. The pool is designed to function as a wading pool as a complement to the spray features.

The Mediacom Landscape

The new corporate headquarters and landscape for Mediacom Communications, a cable television company in Blooming Grove, New York, is a 110,000 sq. ft. dual-wing shaped building with an accessory utility building of 12,000 sq. ft. Fast tracked from initial meetings through programming, site application approvals, construction document and construction, the new campus project was occupied within 23 months of breaking ground.

A Blank Canvas: Designing a Dream Backyard

A new modular fireplace, circular paver patio and mid-tier seating area filled in a residential backyard in Overland Park, Kan., replacing a lawn and concrete slab with a new, broadened gathering space tailored to the homeowner's outdoor living desires.

Botanical Research Institute of Texas

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth, founded in 1987, has a mission to document the diversity of plant life and conduct research around the world. According to BRIT, in the last 10 years its scientists have located and described scores of species previously unknown to science. A vine trellis, a mix of coral honeysuckle, climbing dogbane, crossvine and Texas clematis is installed around the entire building. One day it will reach heights up to 40 feet. The trees here are red buds.

New Partnership for NPMA
The NPMA, a non-profit organization that supports the pest management industry, has announced a new partnership with the ESA.

Decoding GIE + EXPO

By 2011, GIE+EXPO had grown to 17,500 participants with 750 plus exhibits, and was named the ninth largest trade show in the U.S. by Trade Show Executive magazine.

A Study in Sustainability: Sabine Science Hall, Richland College, Dallas, TX

Sabine Science Hall, Richland College's new LEED Platinum centerpiece, is a thriving testament to environmental stewardship, sustainability and scientific scholarship. This view of the pedestrian mall that surrounds the building shows the stairs leading to the green roof, existing mature live oaks, benches, multi-loop bike racks (DuMor), at-grade plantings and bioswales.

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