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Homebuilders Remain Down
on April Markets

Builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes rose one point to 47 in April on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, improving on a downwardly revised March reading of 46. Scores less than 50 indicate more builders see conditions as poor than positive.

March Home Construction Gains Little Ground

Construction permits for and completions of new homes declined from February to March, according to a recent Census Bureau report, but housing starts made slight gains. Residential construction continues to struggle following a harsh winter, and economists are expecting a bounce-back as the spring continues.

Leading the Way Toward Sustainable Stormwater

For visitors to Old Mine Park in Trumbull, Connecticut, exposure to new methods of stormwater management changes the expectation of what rainwater infrastructure should look like. After public debate, a more ecologically-friendly solution was considered and ultimately prevailed.

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Town & Country: Omaha Glow

In 2013, the owners of this Omaha, Neb., home contacted McKay Landscape Lighting to overhaul the outdoor lighting system. McKay
had installed lighting in 1999, and again in 2010 under a new owner.
There are 283 fixtures on site and seven transformers (900 and 1200-watt).
The unusual and spectacular water bowls in the front of the home are lit front and back by four underwater brass MR-16, 35-watt halogens
(Focus Industries). Two spotlights (Aurora MR-16 20-watt halogens) also direct light to the water feature. Four MR-16 20-watt downlights are inset in the portico's vaulted ceiling, with two more beneath the caps of
the brick columns.


Investing in Human Capital
Whether you plan to add crewmembers this summer or sometime down the road, hiring the right individuals and effectively managing them is critical to the success of your business. Here is some advice from employee relationship experts on hiring and keeping workers.

Entering the Social Media Space Wisely
Homeowners are increasingly turning to social media for inspiration and efficient execution of design ideas, and they expect businesses to be using social media platforms to provide relevant content, according to a marketing communications specialist.

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Luminous Highway Lines Light Up Netherlands Road

Glow-in-the-dark (illuminating paint) road markings have replaced streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands.

APA Calls for Award Submissions
The APA, a coalition of asphalt associations, has announced that submissions are now being
accepted for the 2014 Perpetual Pavement Award.

Education Providers Can Earn IA Select Label

The IA, an organization for irrigation companies and professionals, has announced that education providers can earn an IA Select Label.

Hyundai Keeps Cummins on Team

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc., offers earthmoving and material-handling equipment, including wheel loaders, skid steer loaders and electric and diesel forklifts. Cummins designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel engines and related technology around the world.

New Public Swimming Pool Standards

The APSP, a national organization that represents pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, has announced its newly revised standard for public swimming pools.

Registration Now Open for 2014 NRPA Congress

The NRPA, a national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts, has announced that registration is open for the 2014 NRPA Congress.

PLANET Names Educator of the Year

PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, has named Zachary Johnson (pictured above/left with Tom Fochtman, President of the AEF Board) as PLANET AEF 2014 Outstanding Educator of the Year.

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Michigan Brownfield Anticipates Greener Pastures

Chevy in the Hole, about 60 acres of riverfront commercial space in Flint, Mich., abandoned by General Motors more than a decade ago, will be converted into wetlands and recreational space through grant money from the Environmental Protection Agency and local investments.

Miracle Recreation Donates Inclusive Playground in White House, Tenn.

Jeff and Jenny Long, of White House, Tenn., with their sons Cayden, age 9 (left) and Conner, age 10, on the new inclusive playground donated by Miracle Recreation in honor of the boys' inspirational story. Cayden's cerebral palsy keeps him from walking, but Conner takes him in tow on everything from triathlons to fun runs.

ALL Erection & Crane Purchases Manitowoc Crawlers

In the Variable Position Counterweight system, the counterweight is centered between the fully retracted and fully extended positions, automatically balancing the crane's center of gravity. A patented rail
system transfers the counterweight from back to front, depending on
the boom extension.

Wright Manufacturing Compact Stander(R) Intensity

Wright Manufacturing Stander I is built for operator comfort. The floating standing platform absorbs rough terrain through elastopolymer bumpers that provide a dampened feel similar to a car. The bumpers are progressive to accommodate various weight operators. The control panel looks like the Stander X panel. Its wide stance provides greater control and its forward slant makes the controls more ergonomic.

Stainless Steel Pagoda Introduced by Dabmar Lighting
Dabmar Lighting Stainless Steel Pagoda fixture was created because of demand for a traditional looking path light that will last in the harshest conditions while using the latest LED technology.

Hyundai Construction Equipment Introduces H930C Backhoe

Hyundai Construction Equipment's H930C backhoe boom has a robust design, perfect for heavy duty applications. The boom allows for excellent visibility into the trench when the operator is digging around buried obstructions such as water mains, sewer pipes and utility lines.

Endeavor's Road Trip Benefits L.A. Tree Canopy

Endeavor was transported through the streets of Westchester (pictured), Inglewood and South Los Angeles, October 12-13, 2013. The sheer size of Endeavor--122 ft. long, 57 ft. tall (tip of tail), 78-ft. wingspan--weighing in at 170,000 lbs., required removing some 400 street trees along the route.

Farwest Chooses Keynote Speaker

The Farwest Trade Show is produced by the Oregon Association of Nurseries, a trade organization that represents and serves the interests of the ornamental horticulture industry through education, research, marketing support and government relations. The OAN represents more than 800 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers.

Seattle Mayor Seeks
Park District
Seattle Mayor Edward Murray seeks to convince the city council and voters that the city needs a metropolitan park district (MPD) to take care of its parks. The mayor's plan calls for a majority of those funds (53 percent) be invested in major maintenance, restoration or rehabilitation of existing facilities.

The Landscape Imagination
Collected Essays of James Corner, 1990-2010

Just out is The Landscape Imagination, a companion book to James Corner's 1999 bestselling book, Recovering Landscape.

Federal Courthouse Among First SITES Certified Projects

The landscape for the Pete V. Domenici U.S. Courthouse in downtown Albuquerque, N.M., by Rios Clementi Hale Studios of Los Angeles, has earned a two-star Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) certification.

A Triple-Crown Playground

A new playground in Prince George's County, Md., includes custom features that draw inspiration from horseracing and Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, which will be held May 17.

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