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Homebuilding Leads Improvement in August Construction Starts

Overall construction starts improved by 2 percent from July to August, according to a recent McGraw Hill Construction report. Residential building stayed on an upward track, and nonbuilding construction (public works and electric utilities) rebounded after its loss of momentum in July. Nonresidential building retreated from its improved July amount, continuing the up-and-down pattern that has defined the 2013 market.

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Nemetschek Vectorworks, a provider of intuitive, powerful and practical CAD and Building Information Modeling software solutions, announced an expansion by hiring regional account managers to serve as the company's local representation. The new employees, Patrick Schmitt (Chicago) and David Dengler (Los Angeles), assumed their roles in March.

Easing Hardscape Installation

This plate compactor has a Honda 5.5-horsepower engine, a centrifugal force of 5,000 pounds and a working width of 24 inches. Its short, wide plate produces a faster travel speed. The mounted wheel kit provides for easier transport around the job site. When not in use, the wheels fold up and lock into place.

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ArtPrize Pop-up Park

On the fifth day of construction, the gutter was left open to accommodate stormwater and a silt sack was installed in the one catch basin that serviced the space. A temporary irrigation system complete with battery-powered timers and grass sprays was installed to keep the sod green throughout the ArtPrize event in Grand Rapids, Mich.

October 2013 Economic Outlook

The building industry's accelerated recovery in early 2013 has slowed, cutting into gains that led some economists to predict an imminent return to historic norms.

Wescott Park Highlights Baseball and Nature

Inspired by Major League Baseball's skyline views at Atlanta's Turner Field, the Green Monster at Fenway Park, Boston and McCovey Cove at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Stantec has designed three ball fields as small-scale replicas -- complete with sunken dugouts and in-ground terraced seating -- for Wescott Park in North Charleston, South Carolina.

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Brazil Takes Win for GRHC Contest

GRHC has announced the winner, Jo?o Manuel Linck Feij? from Brazil, of the Great Community Resiliency Project Contest. Feij?'s winning project is pictured above.

PLANET Gives Back at the GIC

The Professional Landcare Network will hold their third annual PLANET Gives Back project, a volunteer service event, during this year's Green Industry Conference in Louisville, Ky.

New Index Maps Uneven Road to Stabilized Housing Markets

The NAHB's new Leading Markets Index (LMI) compares recent data from metro housing areas with historic norms to determine the efficacy of that area's recovery. Among smaller metros, both Odessa and Midland, Texas, boast LMI scores of 2.0 or better, meaning that their housing markets are now at double their strength prior to the recession. Also at the top of the list of smaller metros are Casper, Wyo.; Bismarck, N.D.; and Florence, Ala., respectively.

Moment of Silence: James van Sweden, FASLA, 78, Landscape Architect and Innovative Garden Designer

James van Sweden, FASLA, passed away at his home in Washington, D.C., September 20, 2013. Van Sweden suffered from Parkinson's disease.

New Playground Surfacing Guide Unlocks ADA Compliance Standards

A new online handbook from the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) provides installation and maintenance best management practices for meeting ADA requirements. The guide is available here.

Clemson Honors J. Edward Pinckney, FASLA, with Achievement Award

The Clemson University Alumni has honored J. Edward Pinckney, FASLA, with an Achievement Award, recognizing him as the "father of modern landscape architecture in South Carolina, and designer of environmentally friendly coastal communities."

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.

PGA Pledged 100,000 to EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America's philanthropic arm, the Environmental Institute for Golf, has received a $100,000 donation from the PGA Tour.

Pollinator Health Statement by the NPMA
In July, U.S. Congressmen John Conyers of Michigan and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon introduced the Saving America's Pollinators Act of 2013, which no doubt played a role in the suspension of certain neonicotinoid insecticides.

Concept for Buffalo's Outer Harbor Park Comes 125 Years After Olmsted's Unrealized South Park Plan
The proposed 21st Century Park on the Outer Harbor would be a public park for Buffalo, N.Y., at the edge of Lake Erie, a park Olmsted proposed for the waterfront in 1888, but was never realized.

Healing through the Power of Play

Active play is known to de-stress, strengthen the immune system, create positive psychological benefits and increase vitality in both children and adults.

Maryland Announces $3M For Bikeway Construction
More than $3 million in funding from the Maryland Bikeways Program will jumpstart 23 projects across the state, including new community bike lanes, construction of new trails, bike racks and route signage.

ASLA Florida Chapter Announces 2013 Design Awards

EDSA, Inc. (Fort Lauderdale) received four awards, including an Award of Merit (open space) for Smother's Park in Owensboro, Kentucky. See "Smothers Park & Owensboro Riverfront Redevelopment," LASN, March 2013 issue, or at

Irrigation Manufacturer Wins Humanitarian Award

According to the Stockholm Industry Water Award Committee, 70 percent of the finite freshwater on earth is used for agricultural irrigation, and there is a rapidly expanding demand for agricultural products, bringing about a "dire need to improve water productivity,"

Terramac(R) Introduces GPS Package for Fleet Management

Terramac(R), a manufacturer of rubber tracked carriers, installs a GPS receiver on every RT9 carrier it makes. The carriers come with a one-year paid account subscription to On-Board Communications, a GPS tracking and cellular solutions provider.

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Featuring robust firefighter quality construction, Turbo Shift is the latest addition to Underhill's Magnum UltraMAX(TM) line of nozzles.

Innovation in Aquatic Play

Vortex Aquatic Structures International has introduced Water Journeys(TM), an innovation in aquatic play for public and commercial spaces. The inspiration for this new amenity is a running stream.

Living Wall is Honored at World's Largest Art Competition

It took four weeks to create, complete and install this living art piece, with the first planting in April and May. The palette includes hot pink New Guinea impatiens, red double-begonias, pineapple coleus, ripe strawberries and green peppers.

Bio-Nutritional Summit Scheduled in Conjunction with GIE+EXPO

Focused on green and sustainable issues, the second annual Bio-Nutritional Summit will be held the day before the Green Industry Expo begins in Louisville, Ky.

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