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November Construction Spending Nears Five-Year High

Construction spending increased 1.0 percent from October to November to a $934.4 billion annual rate, a 5.9 percent year-over-year gain that reached the highest spending level since March 2009. Residential and non-residential private construction increases more than compensated for a decline in public spending.

Firms of New England: Towers | Golde

Towers|Golde is a full service site planning and landscape architectural firm known for elegant design, environmental stewardship, and collaborative service. The partners and staff undertake each project as a unique design challenge whose solution is specific to the client, the site, and the larger physical context, whether that is ecological, architectural, historical or institutional. Partner Bob Golde practices personal and collaborative approach to project design and implementation. Partner Shavaun Towers, FASLA, practices landscape architecture as a responsive art.

Synthetic Turf Playgrounds Sprout Nationwide

The durability, low maintenance needs and improved fall safety of today's artificial turf is likely to increase its use on playgrounds and sports fields. A recent study also found synthetic surfacing more resistant to some bacteria than natural grass.

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Outdoor Living, Southern Style

Two months of work in this Roswell, Ga., backyard by New Life Outdoors converted a cracked concrete space stuck in the 1980s into a functional outdoor living room with a fireplace, hot tub, outdoor kitchen and renovated pool. A mountain retreat theme envisioned by the homeowners was realized with stonework, evergreen plantings and a waterfall.

Infill Landscape Codes

The Seattle Green Factor is a score-based code to increase the amount and quality of landscaping in new developments. Its basis is that well-designed landscapes benefit neighborhoods; reduce stormwater runoff; cool cities during heat waves; provide habitat for birds and beneficial insects; support adjacent businesses; and decrease crime. Landscape credits include green roofs, rain gardens, vegetated walls, trees and shrubs. Plants along the sidewalk, native plants and food gardens bring bonus credits. This is a preliminary design for the Plaza Roberto Maestas transit-oriented development on a vacant parking lot just north of Seattle's Beacon Hill Station.

The Wild, the Rustic, and the Refined

Kelley Hannah of The Plant Goddess was asked by homeowners in Pasadena, Calif., to build a retaining wall with the same material as the tree well at the top of the picture. To merge the rustic look of the well, the natural look of the yard and the refined look of the new pool area, she installed a green wall with rows of succulents planted between rows of broken concrete, finished it with a smooth cap of formed, poured concrete, and crafted geometric-shaped pavers from colored concrete. This photo was taken one year after the project was completed.

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Priciest Listed U.S. Residence Is a Bargain at . . .

This Greenwich, Conn., 13,500 sq. ft. French-Renaissance mansion on 50 acres on Long Island Sound was built in 1896, the year William McKinley was elected president, and the year Wilhelm R?ntgen discovered x-rays. The home, which has about a mile of Atlantic Ocean frontage, is now publicly listed for sale for the first time in more than a century.

''Oh Give Me a (Cheap) Home...''

This 1,422 sq. ft., 4-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, 2-car garage home on Oxford Street in Cleveland is listed for sale at $60,000.

Molly Davis Named Director of Botanical Garden of Kentucky
Molly Davis, a Lexington, Ky., landscape architect with Parsons Brinckerhoff, was named the new director of The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky.

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ASLA Yearbook:
Chapter Reports Central
It was a busy year for state and local chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Members participated in numerous events and activities related to the national ASLA's Year of Public Service; presented awards to deserving designers and prosperous projects; and enriched their communities with the innumerable benefits of landscape architecture. Click the link to find out what the Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Alabama and Mississippi chapters were up to in 2013.

Environmental Connection 2014
The IECA, a non-profit member organization for erosion and sediment control professionals, is hosting their annual conference and expo, Environmental Connection, February 25-28, 2014.

Put on a Color Show with Abelia
Abelia is an early blooming, semi-evergreen shrub that brightens any garden space.

Volvo CE to Acquire Terex Hauler Business

The EC35C compact excavator is one of the many products manufactured by Volvo Construction Equipment, the company that recently purchased Terex Equipment Ltd.

IA Accepting Nominations

The IA, an organization for irrigation companies and professionals, is now accepting nominations for its annual awards.

Snow Removal Help Center Launches offers visitors a variety of educational and how-to content on purchasing, operating, and maintaining Craftsman snow blowers and other snow removal equipment.

Staying High and Dry in Mexico
To prevent damaging water seepage, 2,230 linear feet of ShoreGuard(R) 850 sheet pilings from Crane Materials International were recently installed along a canal that bordered the building site for an office complex and parking garage in Villahermosa, Mexico. The company's proprietary PileClaw(TM) drove the 20-foot and 32-foot pilings through compacted fill and geogrids.

Concrete Mountain High

A memorial telescope installed at the apex of Double Peak Mountain in San Marcos, Calif., took an artistic turn with a 12-foot diameter slab of etched concrete that features artistic depictions of the landmarks visible from the peak's 360-degree vistas.

Sustainability Seminar Track

This year LA Expo hosts 30+ CEU approved seminars and workshops in six different seminar tracks, including a sustainability track, which will educate attendees on native plants, rainwater harvesting, lighting for the Dark-Sky, and more. Click here to view a list of sustainable seminars. Seats are limited so sign up today!

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Wisconsin Alert: Hairy Bittercress Should be in the Non-Restricted Category

Hairy Bittercress is found throughout the northern half and southeastern United States. This is a common weed in the nursery business in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Green Industry Federation believes that it should be listed as non-restricted, as it is too widespread (and difficult to control) to be placed in the prohibited category.

New EDGE(R) High Profile Snow Pushes

CEAttachments' new EDGE high profile snow pushes have been redesigned for greater maneuverability. They're available in sizes from 8 to 14 feet and can be used year-round for snow, flood wastewater, manure, dirt and other material.

Techo-Bloc Permeable Paver System Awarded

Inflo interlocking permeable pavers are made from concrete, which absorbs less heat and has a higher solar reflectivity index than asphalt, and can lessen heat island effects, reduce energy costs for air conditioning and improve air quality.

LAF Says Thanks!
LAF, the association that supports the preservation, improvement and enhancement of the environment, says thank you for a great year!

PLANET Great Escape 2014

PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, has announced their 2014 Great Escape event.

ASLA Class of Fellows from the Washington State Chapter
Throughout her 30 years of practice experience, Debra Guenther has been a committed leader of multidisciplinary work. She has consistently brought landscape architecture and site issues to the table throughout the green building revolution.

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