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September Construction Unemployment Reaches Six-Year Low

The unemployment rate for the construction industry fell to 8.5 percent in September, the lowest September rate since 2007, though just 20,000 jobs were added to the 5.8 million-strong workforce. Workers leaving the industry are largely responsible for recent declines in the unemployment rate, which could exacerbate a shortage of skilled labor as new construction ramps up.

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TO Design, LLC

TO Design, LLC, is a landscape architecture firm founded by Phil Barlow, ASLA, LEED AP in 1987. The firm focuses on urban parks, schools, historic landscapes and not-for-profit housing. The staff of 11 professionals includes landscape architects and civil engineers. The firm's work has been recognized with over two-dozen awards.

2013 Class of Fellows from the Texas Chapter
The American Society of Landscape Architects has named 33 members to its prestigious Council of Fellows. The new 2013 Class of Fellows will receive their medals and be formally honored Sunday, Nov. 17, at the ASLA Council of Fellows Investiture Dinner at the Westin Hotel in Boston.

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CLARB's 2013 - 2014 Board of Directors

CLARB, the organization that regulates the landscape architectural profession through the enforcement of licensure laws, has announced their 2013-2014 officers.

Firms of New England:
CBA Landscape Architects

For more than 25 years, CBA Landscape Architects has excelled at the design of public and private landscapes. Residential sites from city gardens to estates, public parks and playgrounds, library and museum grounds and commercial developments are all integral components of CBA's portfolio. The firm's work is highly contextual, generating richly detailed compositions that have been published in Landscape Architect and Specifier News, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Garden Design and numerous regional publications. The firm has two principals and four designers.

A Concrete Abstraction

Adding a room to this house in Silver Lake, Calif., forced the owner to build an unsightly retaining wall. Green Art of West Hollywood, Calif., designed, built and installed three living tapestries to enhance it. One cubic yard of perite and vermiculite was placed in welded metal frames, which were then planted with 2,500 assorted succulent cuttings. They are watered by hand once a week in the summer and once every other week in the winter. The pattern on the tapestries was inspired by the couple's wedding china. In-ground plantings include Morea bicolor lemon drop, purple Cordyline, and Euphorbia tirucalli.

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Hardscape Harvest: Raising a Backyard Refuge
Three months of construction at this Sandy Springs, Ga., residence turned an existing pond and drab patio and deck into an outdoor living sanctuary with a new hot tub, pool, fire feature and outdoor kitchen.

Firms of New England:
Artemis Landscape Architects

Artemis Landscape Architects is an award winning design studio located in historic Bijou Square in downtown Bridgeport, Conn., and provides design, management and implementation services that connect people with their natural surroundings. Principal and founder Tara Vincenta brings 30 years of experience in designing diverse landscapes, including environmental and regional planning studies, multi-family housing, corporate institutional and private residential work.

A Natural Fit

Sustainable landscaping and hardscaping at this residence in rural Wyoming outside of Cody compliments the surrounding vistas. Included in the upgrade was an all-composite deck (except for the custom-cut stone cap on the propane fire pit) and plantings that are tolerant of alkaline soils and can withstand high winds.

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APSP Reaffirms ANSI Standards

APSP, a national organization that represents pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, has reaffirmed ANSI standards that protect young children from unintended access to swimming pools, hot tubs and spas.

Firms of New England:
Beals and Thomas, Inc.

Beals and Thomas, Inc., is a 35-person multidisciplinary consulting firm headquartered in Southborough, Mass. Founded in 1984, the firm collaborates with civil engineers, land surveyors, and environmental professionals to design projects that are compatible with physical and regulatory environments, and incorporates critical details to ensure a cohesive design. Beals and Thomas's landscape architects perform comprehensive site design, engineering and permitting services for parks/playgrounds, trail systems, athletic fields, recreational facilities and commercial projects, guiding the design and ensuring that spaces are unique, sustainable and cost effective.

APA's 2013 Great Places in America
If you're in Boston for the ASLA Show, you may enjoy walking along the many paths of Norman Leventhal Park, a 1.7-acre green space in the financial district where office workers enjoy eating lunch. The park features a sculptural fountain, a garden trellis, a lawn, hundreds of flowers, shrubs and trees, wrought-iron fencing and plenty of seating. As you see, the space used to be a parking garage. The parking garage is now beneath the park.

OREGON(R) Adds to its Cordless Tool System Product Line

The new B600E 4.0 Ah battery pack is the highest capacity battery available for the OREGON cordless tool system. It features high-capacity cells with no-fade power, along with three times the run time of the B500S 1.25 Ah battery pack for maximum endurance.

Carolina Panthers' KidZone Opens

The Carolina Panthers' Play 60 KidZone at Freedom Park in Charlotte, N.C., offers a number of NFL training camp-like elements, including an obstacle course with tackling dummies on springs and a 40-yard dash that records and displays the kids' time.

Cree Brings TrueWhite Technology to Outdoor Lighting Applications

Just over a year ago, Cree unveiled a break-through in exterior retail lighting, reducing energy usage compared to metal halide fixtures while delivering more light on target with the Edge(TM) High Output LED luminaire. The company has extended its Edge HO line with TrueWhite(R) Technology, bringing 90 CRI color quality and performance to outdoor lighting applications, displaying products as vividly at night as in the natural daylight.

Eldorado Stone(R) Introduces
Two New Stone Veneers
Eldorado Stone(R), creators of architectural stone veneer, has added current and striking hues. Two new colors have been released that reflect the rugged beauty of nature, Whiskey Creek (seen here) and Golden Oak.

Melrose Leadership Academy

EIFG, the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, has announced the new class of the Melrose Leadership Academy.

August Construction Materials
Prices Inch Upward

Prices for construction inputs - materials used in building and necessary ancillary supplies like diesel fuel - increased 0.2 percent from July to August. Building materials prices are expected to rise modestly over the remainder of the year, and stronger than expected growth could translate into greater price inflation. Lower than expected growth would prompt a slower rise in prices, which, given the recent government shutdown and related market uncertainties, appears more likely.

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Jail Invests in Energy Efficiency

The Santa Rita Jail, in San Francisco's East Bay area, has a 1.2 megawatt rooftop solar photovoltaic system and a 300 kW solar tracking system to create a self-sustaining smart grid. If a disruption in the utility grid occurs, the jail automatically disconnects from the grid to use its stored energy, a capability called "islanding."

ASCA Book Release

ASCA, the national association for consulting arborists, has announced the release of Example Reports for Consulting Arborists (3rd Edition).

2013 HNA Award Winners

HNA, the annual trade show produced by the ICPI, has announced the winners of the 2013 Hardscape Project Awards.

Poll Shows 80 Percent of Americans Support E15 and Ethanol Availability

Fuels America said eight in ten Americans want E15 at their local gas station. The costs to retrofit stations to support it isn't as high as once thought.

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with Yearlong Fundraiser

Headquartered in Wendell, N.C., KIOTI Tractor supplies more than 30 tractor models in the 22 to 90 horsepower range to the U.S. and Canadian markets.

Documenting Buckminster Fuller's Lost Lecture

Buckminster Fuller's work, from visionary architectural creations and experimental structures to expressive drawings and poetic musings, has been cited as foreshadowing today's green design and prefab housing movements.

Cultec System Provides Stormwater Storage to Facility Headquarters

For this subsurface stormwater system in East Whiteland, Pa., engineers from Nave Newell chose to install an extensive bed, which included over 700 Cultec Recharger 330XL(R) chambers placed in 45 rows.

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