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Kansas Bill Redefines Architecture, Engineering and Landscape Architecture Practices
Under the new Kansas statute
signed by Gov. Sam Brownback
that takes effect July 1, 2014,
engineers and landscape architects can no longer prepare "designs, drawings, specifications and other technical submissions," as that is specifically identified as the province of architects.

April New Home Sales Halt Decline

Two consecutive months of declining sales for new single-family homes ended in April with a 6.4 percent increase over the March rate. The 433,000-unit seasonally adjusted annual rate is 4.2 percent less than the April 2013 sales pace, however, as the market remains sluggish following the slow winter.

June 2014 People in the News
NICOR Lighting added Kristean Alcocer to the position of eastern regional sales manager. Alcocer is a former member of the Navy's submarine force and a University of New Mexico alumni. He comes to NICOR with extensive experience in lighting, electronics manufacturing, distribution, and sales.

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Chace's Place

Crews hand troweled design work into place, in some cases granule-by-granule, to make this custom Chace's Place logo at the Arizona Youth Rough Riders Ranch, located in Apache Junction, Arizona.

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In Dino Dig Plaza, part of the Outdoor Prairie Play area at the Children's Museum of South Dakota, children can explore the fields of paleontology and archeology by conducting their own excavations within three sand pits and two prairie berms.

Salmon Bay Autism Inclusive Playground

For the Salmon Bay K-8 playground in Seattle, the landscape architects carefully selected materials and equipment to enhance sensory experiences. Inevitably, children will use play equipment not only in the intended way, like the "spinner" (left) and the slide, but adapt it to their own uses. Some children like to congregate beneath the slide, and others enjoy placing the soles of their feet on the underside of the Roller Slide to feel the vibration of the slider.

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Tiers of Enjoyment

The swimming pool at this residence in Tarzana, Calif., was remodeled by Green Scene Landscaping and Pools, which added a vanishing edge spillway and a tiled spa at one end. To build the fire bowls flanking the pool, the contractors started with precast concrete bowls that were then lined with refractory fireclay. Stainless steel gas rings from Hearth Products Controls Co. and lava rock complete their construction. Their columns are built of block, veneered with honey ledge stone and capped with cast-in-place concrete. The same stone was used on the front of the 30-inch-high spillway. Mosaic tiles were installed on its top and bottom edges. The flooring throughout the project is a mixture of Sweetwater flagstone and stamped, textured and colored concrete. Raised concrete
pads across the shallow pool adjacent to the spillway lead to the lower
seating area.

June 2014 Economic Roundup

Contractors added 32,000 workers to their payrolls in April, cutting construction unemployment to 9.4 percent, down from 13.2 percent a year earlier and marking the lowest April rate in seven years. Total employment reached 6.0 million, the highest level since June 2009. The unemployment rate has fallen from 21.8 percent since April 2010, but the number of workers who last worked in construction has declined by 1.1 million since then, and the industry has added less than 450,000 jobs.

New Survey: Homeowners Remodel for the Long Run

The annual Houzz & Home survey, which claims to be the largest survey of residential remodeling, building and decorating activity, found that significantly more homeowners that responded are able to fund their remodeling projects this year compared with last year, and 80 percent said they paid for their last remodeling project out of pocket.

AWRA Calls for Award Nominations

AWRA, a non-profit professional association dedicated to the advancement of water resource management, has announced that submissions are being accepted for the IWRM award.

Mild Growth Boosts April Existing Home Sales

The sales rate of existing homes increased by 1.3 percent in April, rising for the first time this year but remaining nearly seven percent behind April 2013 levels. Gains in the West and South offset a modest decline in the Midwest, and the Northeast, which has struggled all year to recover from a harsh winter, was unchanged.

PLANET's National Landscape Awards of Excellence Being Accepted

PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, is accepting submittals for the National Landscape Awards of Excellence.

ARCSA Announces 10th Annual Conference

ARCSA, the association that promotes sustainable rainwater harvesting practices, has announced its 10th annual conference, which will be held in conjunction with the IA Expo November 14-20 in Phoenix, Ariz.

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$67 Million Available For Brownfield Funding

The EPA has announced that it will give 171 communities 264 grants, totaling $67 million in brownfields funding.

Rutgers Patents Sustainable Concrete Curing Process

Sustainable materials manufacturer Solidia Technologies and Rutgers University have obtained two new patents for concrete curing methods that use gaseous carbon dioxide instead of water, reducing the carbon footprint of the manufacturing process and shortening curing times.

Freddie Mac: Housing Market Stagnant in March

Government-sponsored mortgage company Freddie Mac's housing index showed a softened national market in March, with a -3.06 overall score and almost no improvement over the last three months. Less than half of the states and metro areas measured showed stable levels of housing activity.

A Green Roof Connection

Located in Woodbridge, N.J., MetroTop Plaza is a Class A office complex with two buildings connected by a three-story, glass-enclosed atrium. The cantilevered entrance to the atrium recently had a 750-square-foot green roof installed on it. An 800-square-foot green roof atop the atrium itself is now planned.

Money to Grow In N.J.

According to Marathon Data Systems, over 7,000 customers use their mobile workforce management tool. This includes more than 40 percent of businesses within the pest control industry in the U.S.

Army Corps Recommends $1.08 Billion Plan for L.A. River Restoration

Some of the L.A. River looks like this - the "Glendale Narrows," which flows over earthen riverbed, but much of it is all concrete channeling and hardly river like.

California Takes Cue from Israel

The Carlsbad Desalination Plant in southern California has slugged through six years of permitting (Carlsbad City Council, California Coastal Commission, et al.), and won 14 lawsuits and appeals by environmentalists. It broke ground in December 2012. When it opens in 2016, it will be the largest ocean desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere. The $1 billion project will provide 50 million gallons of drinking water a day for San Diego County.

First U.S. Cases of
Pest-Transmitted Virus
Chikungunya fever is spread from person to person through mosquito bites. Symptoms include fever, headache, severe muscle and joint pain, and a rash. There is no vaccine to prevent the disease, and pain medication is the main treatment.

American Arborist Supplies Adds T540 Chainsaw

T540 chainsaw is the latest addition to the Husqvarna line of outdoor power equipment available at American Arborist Supplies, an
authorized dealer.

Two New Salvia Varieties
Now Available
Southern Living Plant Collection and Sunset Western Garden Collection introduced two new varieties of salvia, including Salvia Embers Wish.

Raising Funds for Green Industry

Danny Coats of HydroScapes practices his drives prior to the 32nd Annual CLIC/CLASS Fund Golf Tournament, held at Newport Beach Country Club in Newport Beach, Calif. on June 9.

HUD Announces Winners of Rebuild by Design Competition

On June 2, 2014, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the six projects that will receive $920 million through its Rebuild by Design competition. The funds will go to New York, New Jersey and New York City to implement the project proposals, which are designed to make the Hurricane Sandy-affected region more "resilient" to future storms.

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