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Architecture Firm Billings Show Modest February Improvement

Architecture firm billings continue to creep upward in the new year, as the American Institute of Architects' billings index reached a score of 50.7 in February, according to a March 21 report. Index scores higher than 50 indicate billings growth.

New Leadership Roles for Roman Fountains

Tom Hanson, an Atlanta-based sales vice-president, and Rob Astorga, an Albuquerque-based operations manager, will be expanding their leadership roles with Roman Fountains.

Active Tornado Season Predicted

The U.S. averages 1,200 confirmed tornados, 70 tornado-related deaths and 1,500 injuries from twisters per year. In 2013, there were 811 confirmed tornados and 55 fatalities in this country.

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February Construction Materials Prices Increase for Second Consecutive Month

After standing pat for most of 2013, the producer price index that measures construction inputs increased for the second consecutive month in February. A 74 percent year-over-year surge in natural gas prices, attributed to increased heating costs around the country caused by a harsh winter, drove the index's expansion.

February Fuel Demand Hits 16-Year Low

Demand for petroleum products fell 0.6 percent year-over-year to 18.5 million barrels per day in February, according to the American Petroleum Institute. While wintry conditions across most of the nation caused a spike in demand for heating oil, a decline in gasoline purchases caused by fewer cars on the road led to the lowest level of demand in February since 1998.

Permeable Pavers Surpass Concrete In Long-Term Test

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) installed three test sections of permeable pavers on campus next to conventional concrete pavers to test the difference in durability and stormwater management ability in the fall of 2007. When inspections of the surfacing were positive following a harsh Minnesota winter, UMD decided to expand its permeable paver installations. The sustainable stones held up admirably upon subsequent examination more than six years after construction.

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National Park Service and American Architectural Foundation Promote ''Save America's Treasures''
The Edgar Allen Poe cottage in the Bronx is just one of 1,132 projects funded by Save America's Treasures.

Defendor(TM) Specialty Herbicide Receives Additional State Registrations

Labeled for use on both cool- and warm-season turf, Defendor is recommended for residential lawns and golf courses (fairways and roughs). It also provides activity at extremely low use rates when compared with other postemergence herbicides.

Kissimmee Lakefront Park

The heart of Kissimmee, Fla., Lakefront Park is Ruby Plaza, which is connected by the wide brick promenade (Pine Hall Brick Co.) that runs along the shores of Lake Tohopekaliga. The specialty light columns (Hess 'City Elements') have RGBW color changing 30-watt LEDs, with 70-watt T6 metal halides for the top light. Tall sabal palmettos, the state tree of Florida and South Carolina, are ubiquitous throughout the park.

''Resort Style'' Lighting for New Landscape

In 2013, the owners of this Omaha, Neb., home contacted McKay Landscape Lighting to overhaul the landscape lighting. McKay had installed lighting in 1999, and again in 2010 under a new owner. The new landscape on the property included a new paver driveway, a pondless water feature and a number of new plantings in the front and back yards. The client sought to light the dark corners for general security, but also wanted "curb appeal" at night. There are 283 fixtures on site, and seven transformers (900 and 1200-watt).

Moment of Silence for Norma Eleanor Williams, Landscape Architect
Norma Eleanor Williams started a landscape architectural firm that specialized in historic preservation. One of her projects was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's house in Cambridge, Mass. (pictured). She was a founding member of the Connecticut Olmsted Heritage Alliance and served as its first president.

Home Professionals Bullish on Business Growth

The landscape industry had the highest percentage, 74 percent, of businesses reporting revenue growth from 2012 to 2013, in a new survey of professionals in the home design, building and renovating trades.

Preparing Equipment for Action

The extreme winter throughout much of the country will undoubtedly delay the green season. There is talk in some areas that the mountains of snow won't be completely gone until June. Wherever you do business, there are steps to take to be ready to roll, whenever that might be.

New Home Sales Fall to Five-Month Low in February

New single-family home sales fell to the lowest level since last September in February, declining 3.3 percent from a downwardly revised January figure to a 440,000-unit annual rate (seasonally adjusted). Harsh winter weather was the primary cause of the downfall, but a recent downturn in homebuilder confidence and ongoing struggles in new home construction could foreshadow a deeper trough for the housing market than economists expected this year.

Porous Parking Solution in Oklahoma City
An Oklahoma City parking lot containing black Gravelpave2 was filled with gray gravel for a nicely finished look. The concrete drive aisles sheet flow rainwater to the porous Gravelpave2. This limits the need for other stormwater treatments and devices on site. The drive aisles of the parking lot sheet flow to the Gravelpave2 parking bays.

UT Landscape Architecture Professor Receives Research Fellowship

Brad Collett, assistant professor of landscape architecture and plant sciences, University of Tennessee, was recently named a 2014 research fellow of the Case Study Investigation program of the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

HeroScaping Repays American Veterans

After donating more than $325,000 since 2012, EP Henry continued its successful HeroScaping(TM) program in 2014. The nomination process encourages the public to submit community projects in need of construction or repair.

Steady GrowBenefits for Healthy Turf
Holganix is building on the success of its turf product line with the launch of Steady GrowBenefits. It yields reduced fertilization rates, reduced surge growth, reduced clipping yields, dump fees and labor costs while promoting dramatic root growth and sustainability.

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A Donation That's Music to Their Ears

During the 2014 ConExpo at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Del Webb Middle School Varsity Orchestra from nearby Henderson, Nev., took center stage in Hyundai's exhibit area to entertain attendees with a grand performance.

Carmaker Launches Smart Home

For the past year at the University of California at Davis, the American Honda Motor Company has been building an energy efficient smart home that is reportedly capable of producing more electricity on site from renewables than it consumes from the grid, including enough energy to power a Honda Fit EV for daily commuting.

PLANET Launches National Lawn Care Month Campaign
PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, has launched National Lawn Care Month.

APSP Summit Slated for August

The APSP, a national organization that represents pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, has announced their 2014 summit, which will be held Aug. 18-20 at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.

IECA Names Award Recipients
The IECA, a non-profit member organization for erosion and sediment control professionals, has announced their 2013 award recipients.

Fight Against Bacterial Diseases in Trees and Palms
Arbor-OTC(TM) from Arborjet protects valuable trees and palms from bacterial leaf scorch, fire blight, cankers and more.

LFI, an annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, has announced the dates and locations of the 2015 and 2016 shows.

IA Public Comment Period

The IA, an organization for irrigation companies and professionals, has announced an open public comment period for Smart Water Application Technologies' Sprinkler Head Check Valve Testing Protocol Version 2.2.

North Carolina Veterans' Park

As the gateway to Veterans' Park in Fayetteville, N.C., the Visitor Center frames the 150-seat amphitheater, community lawn and Story Garden. The center's architecture features a custom glass service medal wall, a large automated globe and an inspiring suspended sculpture formed by over 35,000 dog tags.

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