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Architecture Firms Report December Billings Decline

The American Institute of Architects' (AIA) index measuring billings fell for the second consecutive month in December, accelerating the downturn that began the month prior. While year-end slowdowns are common due to winter weather, economists are concerned that the broad scope of the decline could affect growth in 2014.

NADRA Hosts Educational Event

NADRA, an organization that serves the deck and railing industry, has announced a two-day educational event.

Active Play in a Natural Way

A teacher's vision for an interactive and natural playspace on a vacant hillside at Holy Cross Catholic School in Toronto, Ontario, came to life with some creative additions and careful planning, including a winding running loop that undulates up and down the play area, moving through the trees and plantings, marked on one end by a flagpole and a tall upright log at the other.

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Survey: Construction Job Openings Rate Highest Since 2007

Job openings as a share of total construction employment are near a seven-year high, according to a November survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The pace of hiring slowed in 2013 compared to 2012, the survey showed, and the total number of open, unfilled positions in November was the highest since May 2008.

Salt Lake Rising

Salt Lake City's ambitious Downtown Rising projects include an expanded rail network; housing within walking distance of the business district; renovation of the Utah Theatre; and plenty of building: a new federal courthouse, the Utah Performing Arts Center, the Jessie Eccles Quinney Center for Dance, a new headquarters for Questar Corp., a Public Safety Building, a Convention Center hotel, a sports and fitness center and a public market.

Lowe's Customer Support Center Campus

The 43-acre Lowe's Customer Support Center campus in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, features a concrete paver grid intersected by five bands of bluestone pavers fanning out from each of the 8-foot tall vertical limestone columns within the water feature. Limestone veneered planters rise above the bluestone in three locations. Bosque elms were placed on the paver grid intersections. A concrete ADA ramp intersects the bluestone steps that lead toward the center's front doors. This sidewalk/ramp connection to the adjacent building's sidewalk separates the larger public space from a smaller, more intimate seating area (left). This area was poured in standard concrete with a 1-foot edge of blue stone banding that aligns with the overall paver grid.

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Pavers Blossom in a Botanical Garden

The botanical garden in Huntsville, Ala., expanded and renovated their west parking lot with a permeable paver upgrade that absorbs and redirects stormwater runoff to new rain gardens in the lot.

Miramar, Florida Landscape Code

The Miramar Land Development Code (2001), Chapter 8 (Development Standards), and Chapter 9 (Landscaping Requirements and Tree Conservation Standards) are examples of a community protecting, preserving and rebuilding nature in the city through landscape codes.

Streetscape Project Incites Riots in Spain

The reaction of some citizens for plans already underway to "calm" traffic, add bike lanes and underground parking on the Calle de Victoria in Burgos, Spain, has spurred rioting in the streets.

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PIA Changes Name
PIA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the interior plantscaping community, has announced a name change.

IDA Partners with Celestron
IDA, a non-profit organization fighting to preserve the night sky, has announced a new partnership with Celestron, a designer and manufacturer of high-quality optical products (including telescopes).

Arizona Receives First SITES Approved Park

George "Doc" Cavalliere Park, designed by SmithGroupJJR and Floor Associates, in collaboration with Weddle Gilmore Architects, has been awarded a three-star certification by the Sustainable Sites Initiative.

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A Pest's Favorite Colors

Entomologists at Montana State University discovered that a particular type of weevil is attracted to a trap of a certain color when outdoors, but shuns it indoors in favor of a trap of another color.

New Home Sales End Year With December Dip, Improve Over 2012

The sales rate for new homes fell 7 percent from November to December, the second consecutive month of declines following a double-digit gain in October. The regression, caused in large part by the harsh winter that has gripped most of the country, put a damper on 2013's 16.4 percent gain in the sales rate compared to 2012.

Best Pool in the Badger State

At this residence in Wisconsin, KD Poolscapes replaced the wood decking and fencing with durable aluminum and concrete products. Lights were added in the pool and on top of retaining walls.

Valent and Nufarm Join Forces in U.S. Market

As of February 16, Nufarm will offer the entire line of Valent branded products for golf course, lawn and landscape, production ornamental and aquatic use.

A Mobile Planter
The Garden on Wheelz is a new product designed to help people become more sustainable and aware of their food sources by having easy access to a planter where they can grow food, no matter what their living situation or physical capabilities are.

A Design Upgrade

GreenScapes is a new landscape design imaging program that lets a landscape contractor use a digital camera or phone camera to snap shots of a property to be landscaped, download them into a computer and select from a database of objects and textures to create a presentation of a finished project.

Outdoor Living Seminar Track

This year LA Expo hosts 30+ CEU approved seminars and workshops in six different seminar tracks, including an Outdoor Living track, which will educate attendees on the design of outdoor rooms, landscape lighting and more. Click here to view a list of Outdoor Living seminars. Seats are limited so sign up today!

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Caterpillar Sales Down in Fourth Quarter

With the expected completion of the current $7.5 billion stock repurchase program, Caterpillar's board of directors has approved a new $10 billion stock repurchase program, which will expire on December 31, 2018. Caterpillar Vertical-Lift 259B Series 3 has a 71-hp Cat C3.4T DIT engine. The undercarriage uses triple-flange cast-iron rollers equipped with Duo-Cone seals.

40 Years of Duradek and Decades of Deck Love

Duradek adhesives, PVC coated drain accessories and Perimeter Treatments Plus provide the desired performance. They have been manufactured by the same supplier for 40 years and installed by trained applicators.

KIOTI Tractor Experiences a Record Year in 2013

KIOTI offers front-end loaders and backhoes for a variety of industries and uses. The company realized significant growth in North American markets this past year.

Acuity Lighting LED Floodlights Boost Visibility

Acuity Brands sustainable luminaires reduce energy and maintenance costs by more than 50 percent. ACP LED luminaires have an IP66 engine rating, 2G vibration rating and a durable paint finish with a 2500 hour salt fog rating.

2013 ASLA Class from the Midwest
Tim Schmalenberger is the senior managing principal of MKSK, which he cofounded in 1990. It is now one of the Midwest's largest landscape architecture and planning firms. His leadership and passion for significant public-realm projects have resulted in more than 950 completed works, 112 awards and a landscape-architect-led multidisciplinary firm with three offices and 55-plus professional staff . . .

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