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Landscape Giants Brickman and
ValleyCrest Will Merge

While some may think of ValleyCrest Companies as "only" a landscape development, landscape maintenance, tree care service and golf course maintenance company, it also provides landscape architecture services within its design group. The ValleyCrest Design Group recently participated in an international design competition for a 600-hectare exposition site at the 2014 Qingdao World Horticultural Expo in
Shadong, China.

Parking on the Oregon Trail: Springfield's Quartz Park

Quartz Park in Springfield, Ore., is a 3 1/2 -acre public space that doubles as the playground for a new school and serves residents in an expanding southeast section of the city. The park opened in October 2013 and includes play structures with slides; balancing and climbing elements; a basketball court; accessible swings and other amenities. Willamalane Park and Recreation District will manage the park until the school is completed.

Kent State University Risman Plaza + Student Green

The Kent State University project's primary goal was transforming a bleak, pedestrian thoroughfare. To reduce vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle conflicts, a dedicated 'bus only' pull-off (right) was created. The transit shelter was also replaced and relocated to open direct pedestrian connections. The site lacked a variety of useful spaces. Through grade changes, materials, landscaping and seating choices, the new Risman Plaza and Student Green offers a mix of public and private spaces that encourage outdoor dining, study and gatherings.

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Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces 15th Annual National Design Award Recipients
Andrea Cochran, FASLA, founded Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, San Francisco, in
1998. The firm's award-winning work ranges from single-family homes to hotels, wineries, affordable housing, schools, institutions and public parks.

Where There's a Need . . .
Employing Biomimicry

The Chilean coastal fog, known as camanchaca, moves across the Atacama Desert to hover over the inland mountains (Bosque de Fray Jorge National Park pictured). The thick fog does not drop rain, but researchers are using a fine netting of stainless-steel filaments to capture droplets of water from the thick fog, which is harvested for potable and irrigation use. There is also a company devising a water bottle to basically do the same thing.

March Construction Materials Prices Continue Moderate Increase

The index measuring construction materials prices grew by 0.3 percent in March, a slower rate of increase than in February. The same index has increased by 1.6 percent since March 2013. Improving weather conditions are expected to get residential and nonresidential construction back on track, leading to moderate growth through the end of the year.

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April Home Construction Tops Million-Unit Rate on Multi-Family Surge

The rate of multi-unit home starts swelled by more than 40 percent in April, pushing all residential starts to a 1.07 million-unit pace, a five-month high. Single-family starts increased by less than one percent, and the multifamily sector also led an eight percent increase in the rate of construction permits pulled.

Cement Forecast Remains Rosy
Despite Downturn

The Portland Cement Association's spring economic forecast is expecting cement consumption, measured by construction activity levels and how much cement is used per project, to nearly double in 2014 despite the industry's current lethargy. The group's economists believe that the recent construction slowdown is largely attributable to inclement weather, and that improved conditions will ramp up market growth.

USGBC Launches New Magazine

The USGBC, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable and
green building design, has announced the launch of their new
magazine, USGBC+.

Dangerous by Design: A Report on Pedestrian Safety

Three national associations, Complete Streets Coalition, AARP, and ASLA have released the 2014 Dangerous by Design report, which presents data on pedestrian safety and fatalities within metro areas.

Last of Its Order

Biologist believe Welwitschia mirabilis is the last of its genus on Earth.

Architectural Billings Contract Again in April

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), an indicator of future nonresidential construction spending, remained in negative territory for the second consecutive month. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported an April ABI score of 49.6, up slightly from a mark of 48.8 in March. Index scores below 50 indicate a contraction in billing reports.

Go Blue with Premium Pressure-Compensating Dripline

The Toro Company's Blueline(R) PC premium pressure compensating dripline has advanced drip irrigation by providing resistance to plugging, durability and flow accuracy.

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Curtis Industries Introduces Cab System for Massey Ferguson(R) GC1700 Series Tractors

Massey Ferguson(R) GC1700 Series tractors are now available through authorized Massey Ferguson dealers throughout North America.

Soil Condition Meter Measures pH, Temperature, Moisture and Sunlight Intensity
By measuring the pH, temperature and moisture content of soil - as well as the intensity of sunlight it receives - the DSMM600 quantifies soil characteristics that are essential to monitoring ongoing conditions and determining ideal planting and potting locations.

Turf Advisor(TM) Gets Info
on the Go

Providing instant mobile access to weed and herbicide information, the new FMC mobile optimized tool allows turf professionals to search its herbicide database, connect with regional market specialists and distributors and properly identify weeds - all from a smartphone.

CAST LED Perimeter Fence Lighting System

Before and after installation of the CAST LED perimeter lighting system. Note that the construction fence interfered with existing area lighting and caused a security problem that was solved by addition of the LED
fence-mounted lights.

PLANET Summertime Webinars

PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, hosts webinars throughout the year. Here is a look at what is being offered during the summer months.

GIE+EXPO Opens Registration

GIE+EXPO has announced that registration is open for the 2014 trade show, which will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center,
October 23-24.

The Greatest Gift Father's Day Contest

Win dad a fire bowl from Solus Decor by entering their Father's Day
Facebook contest.

Piling it On

Compost piles should be kept damp but not saturated with water. Turning the pile with a pitchfork helps distribute the moisture.

Beetle Beat in Boston but Battle Continues

Pest eradication strategies, such as the one taken against the Asian longhorned beetle, includes imposing quarantines, conducting
regulatory inspections, surveying host trees by using ground and aerial methods, removing infested and high-risk host trees, and chemically treating host trees.

New Hidden Menace?

Nanoparticles are ultra-tiny manmade particles used in manufacturing. There are reported to be over 1,600 consumer products on the market containing nanomaterials, including many used in the landscape
industry. A new medical article calls into question the dangers of
handling nanoparticles.

Dr. Dirr to Speak at Farwest

The 2014 Farwest Trade Show, produced by the Oregon Association of Nurseries, will take place August 21 through 23 in Portland, Ore. The OAN represents and serves more than 800 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers.

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