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Construction Spending Flat in February

Construction spending edged up 0.1 percent to an annual rate of $945.7 billion in February, according to an April 1 Commerce Department report. January spending was revised downward, showing a 0.2 percent drop instead of the previously reported 0.1 percent gain. In spite of the winter slowdown, building outlays in January and February are up almost 9 percent from the first two months of 2013.

Chicago's Mary Bartelme Park

Mary Bartelme Park is a 2.3-acre urban green space that replaced an old infirmary in the West Loop of Chicago, Ill. Five skewed square stainless steel arches form an iconic gateway at the northwest corner of the former brownfield site, and two large lawn berms provide ample viewing space for community activities such as parades, recreation, and movies in the park on an inflatable screen (background, right).

Ford Park: Vail, Colorado

This project required 37 pedestrian pole lighting assemblies designed and manufactured by ANP Lighting. The 4-inch dia. cast aluminum light poles (4S14) are 14 feet tall seated on low-profile decorative cast aluminum bases (CB1201). The bases and arms are stock, but modified to integrate wireless controls. The 1 1/4 -inch aluminum pipe arms (PA321-1) support the cast aluminum round, fully shaded luminaires (LA1943) lamped with 40-watt Sansi LEDs for energy efficiency and appropriate safety lighting levels. The color temperature is 5,000K (bluish white). The powder coating is architectural bronze.

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Shedding Light on History

At the Governor Thomas Bennett House in Charleston, S.C., the existing outdoor lighting system was not adequately capturing the splendor of the extensive garden, and needed a restoration. Moonlighting Landscape Lighting was contracted to design and install a new system. The Charleston company used some of the existing fixtures, added others, and outfitted them all with energy-efficient and maintenance-reducing LED lamps. Here, six crape myrtle trees are uplit by four existing fixtures between the trees and one fixture directly in the middle, with the intent of lighting the canopy as a whole. The front two crape myrtles and the rear two crape myrtles are also downlit. The up lights have Dauer 5-watt, 40-degree-spread lamps. The down lights are Vista fixtures with 4-watt, 60-degree-spread lamps.

Candlelight Design

The owners of this Calabasas, Calif., home asked Nick Williams to design their outdoor landscape, which includes an outdoor kitchen/TV room, landscaped play areas for children, hidden garden nooks and a swimming pool/spa with a cascade, fire pit and boulder treatments. The garden lighting is subdued, candle path fixtures with 13-watt SC Bay halogen lamps, which reflects nicely off the pool's waters.

AIAI Calls for Support of the Building and Renewing Infrastructure for Development and Growth in Employment Act

The World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report ranks the U.S. as 19th in overall infrastructure spending, out of 148 countries surveyed. The U.S. spends roughly only two percent of its GDP on infrastructure, about half of what it spent 50 years ago. Europe spends around 5 percent, and China spends 9 percent of GDP on infrastructure. According to DOT, approximately one-third of the nation's 590,000 bridges require rehabilitation or replacement.

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PLANET Student Career Days Sees Record Participation

PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, has reported record participation for the 2014 Student Career Days event.

May is National Water Safety Month

The APSP, a national organization that represents pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, has asked other industry organizations for participation in National Water Safety Month.

ASCA On-Demand

ASCA, the national association for consulting arborists, has announced a new on-demand course on soil rehabilitation techniques and payback potential.

IA Faculty Academy

The IA, an organization for irrigation companies and professionals, has announced registration is now open for the Irrigation Faculty Academy.

2016 Greenbuild to Take Place in L.A.

The USGBC, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable and green building design, has announced that the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will move from San Diego, Calif., to Los Angeles, Calif.

Trade Groups Team Up on Green Building Code

The National Association of Homebuilders and the International Code Council have joined forces with building systems group ASHRAE for the third update of the National Green Building Standard, an ANSI-approved system for sustainable residential construction, development and remodeling.

U.S. Schools Get More Horsepower

A donation by the Kohler Co. of gas and diesel engines, valued at more than $40,000, is intended to spark students' interest in technical careers.

EPA, Ohio Lakefront Towns Invest in Stormwater Upgrades

Four Ohio cities on the coast of Lake Erie will receive more than $1.3 million in grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for green infrastructure projects to improve the lake's water quality.

Safety's Necessity Exposed

This X-ray shows the results of a serious, but non-fatal, workplace accident near Pittsburgh, Pa. Landscape worker James Valentine was in a harness halfway up the tree he was trimming when it occurred.

Shadow Inventory Continues to Fade

The residential shadow inventory, or "pending supply" of distressed homes that have not yet reached the housing market, has declined substantially since the end of the recession without significantly impacting the larger market. The total shadow inventory declined by double-digit percentage points for 16 months through January 2014, and completed foreclosures declined 15 percent year-over-year in February.

Color Temperature Option Added to Select Design Pro LED Products

Recently, Kichler Lighting added a 2700 Kelvin color temperature option for select Design Pro LED products. The products include 2-in-1 water and accent lights, 12V wall wash accent fixtures, 120V deck and patio fixtures and 12V path and spread fixtures. These new additions make it easy to build a complete LED landscape lighting design with consistent color temperature.

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High Tech Plant Fuel

According to iGreen LLC, showering plants with negative ions gives the plants a slight negative charge that allows them to more easily absorb the positively charged nutrients in the soil and maximize photosynthesis, thereby increasing growth.

New Garden Fertilizer Is Nature's ENV
Nature's ENV is a guaranteed analysis product of 1-1-0.4, and is suitable for vegetable and flower plantings. Because it is heat dried after the digester process, it is a virtually sterilized natural fertilizer. Worked into the top six to eight inches of garden soil or added to potting soil, it has excellent water retention, making it easy for plants to grow.

Bobcat Launches Tier 4 600 Frame-Size Loaders with Non-DPF Emissions Solution

Bobcat's S650 skid-steer loader has a rated operating capacity of 2,690 lbs., with a 74-hp Tier 4 turbo diesel engine.

Volvo EC380E is a Heavy Hitter in Tough Conditions

The EC380E crawler excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment features a powerful Tier 4 Final engine, combining superior efficiency, productivity and durability for maximum profitability in quarry and mass excavation applications.

Going the Extra Mile

California grows more than half of the fruits, vegetables, and nuts consumed in the U.S. and is also the top dairy-producer in the nation. Nearly 100 percent of the Golden State is experiencing at least moderate drought conditions, which threatens to create increased food prices and perhaps even food shortages throughout the country, according to the Farmers' Almanac.

PBS to Air New Olmsted Documentary

Beginning in 1875, Frederick Law Olmsted worked with Boston's park commissioners to design linear parks to connect Boston Common (pictured) to Franklin Park. This seven-mile route, which people still cover on foot or by bicycle, is known as the Emerald Necklace. It is the only remaining intact linear park designed by Olmsted, considered the father of landscape architecture in the U.S. The park master plan was completed in 1989.

Landscape Architectural Firms Vie for Fort Monroe, Va., Project ... and Tour the Historic Grounds on Bicycle

Fort Monroe officials gave 31 landscape architects and planners a 90-minute bike tour of the 565-acre Fort Monroe property, not your typical project site or tour.

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