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May Construction Spending Climbs for Third Month

Construction spending edged up 0.1 percent to an annual rate of $956.1 billion in May, the third consecutive month of gains. April's construction spending was revised up to show a 0.8 percent rise, and the spending rate was 6.6 percent higher than in May 2013. For the first five months of 2014, total spending rose 8.2 percent from the January-May 2013 total.

PLANET & OSHA Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness

PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than
100,000 landscape industry professionals, partners with OSHA to prevent
heat illness.

Horticulture Students Install Memorial Garden

Multiple entry points allow for easy access and flexible usage of Alamance Community College Memorial Garden in Graham N.C. Prior to the installation of the garden the space was an unused grassy slope. Pavers visually tie the entire space together.

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Understanding Sustainable Irrigation

According to the Irrigation Association, the amount of water to apply to maintain a healthy and functional landscape can be quantified. It is a scientific calculation based on the type of hydrozones, evapotranspiration data adjusted with appropriate plant factors, site rainfall, and additional considerations such as extra water needed to leach any salt accumulation due to poor water quality.

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Landscape architecture and planning firm TBG Partners named principal
Jim Manskey as president of the
27-year-old firm.

Waterscapes Showcase

Water features designed and built by LC/DBM readers have been pouring into the office for weeks, flowing from the coastal cliffs of Southern California to the muddy banks of Maryland. Our editors chose eight spectacular installations for a special water feature showcase, illustrating the aquatic possibilities for residential, commercial and campus projects in a diverse group of states and sites.

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Olympus Display Fountains

The Power House has more than 38 years of successful manufacturing experience that it brings to the display fountain industry. The company recognized that there were several critical elements that were missing from the industry. Ease of installation and maintenance, energy efficiency and value to the end user appeared to be all but nonexistent.

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Artificial Lagoon Creator Enters U.S. Market

This man-made lagoon in Santo Domingo, Chile, takes advantage of water treatment technology that results in up to 100 times fewer additives and uses approximately two percent of the energy required by traditional filtration systems.

York Seeks Streetscape Guidance

York, Pennsylvania (pop. 43,718) seeks to raise $80,000 for a transportation audit to give the city focused direction in revitalizing the business district and improving mobility.

Housing Contracts Climb in May

Pending home sales rose sharply in May, as lower mortgage rates and increased inventory drove market increases, according to a June 30 report from the National Association of Realtors. All four regions of the country saw improvements in pending sales, with the largest gains appearing in the West and Northeast.

New Dark-Sky Park Spans Two States

IDA, a non-profit organization fighting to preserve the night sky, has announced Hovenweep National Monument, located along the Utah-Colorado border, as the world's 17th International Dark Sky Park.

"Soofa" Benches Supply Solar Power on the Go

Park benches with built in solar panels that can charge smartphones and download environmental data, known as "Soofas," have been installed in green spaces around Boston and Cambridge.

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Connecticut Announces Nearly $32 million in Additional 'Sandy' Federal Aid

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy: "With these grants, we are not only helping these communities overcome the devastating impacts of one of the most severe storms in Connecticut's history, but we're also helping them to establish resiliency plans so they can be better prepared for future storms."

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The Toro Co. released AquaFlow 4.0, a free drip irrigation design software that provides irrigation designers with a state-of-the-art tool to configure drip irrigation systems for optimum performance.

Murrieta Diamond Interstate Interchange

Workers cut and place sections of Slopetame2 around the image/sculpture. Slopetame2 surrounds the Murrieta Diamond under construction at an Interstate Interchange in Murrieta, Calif.

Bobcat and Doosan Employees Roll Up Their Sleeves for Doosan Day of Caring
Volunteers used a Bobcat S-185 skid loader to move dirt in Fargo, N.D. as part of Doosan Day of Caring in June.

Plans Finally Submitted for 1st Phase of Miami World Center

Phase one of Miami World Center is awaiting city approval. Public access and the degree of city oversight are issues that concern some Miami planning board members. Meanwhile, the Miami World Expo Center, a large convention center and hotel complex development, was unexpectantly put on hold for three months by a vote of 4-3 by the Miami Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board.

Brick Association Announces 2014 Design Award Winners

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) declared 40 winners in the 2014 Brick in Architecture awards, honoring the best in brick design across North America. Best in Class winners included Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas, where a new plaza and two sustainable mixed use office buildings bookend the city's emerging downtown development. The project features extensive use of clay brick and complementary masonry like granite and cast stone, which blend with each other and the existing site. Two historic brick buildings were preserved and incorporated in
the project.

The Ants Go Marching

First discovered in 1956 in Alabama, trap-jaw ants have expanded their territory in the southeastern U.S.

IA Opens Registration for 2014 Show

The IA, an organization for irrigation companies and professionals, has announced that registration is open for the 2014 Irrigation Show &
Education Conference.

ICPI Seeks Entries for the 7th Annual HNA Project Awards

The ICPI, a technical organization on segmental concrete pavement systems, is accepting entries for the 7th Annual HNA Project Awards.

Jonathan Sage-Martinson Named St. Paul's Chief of Planning and Development
Sage-Martinson holds a BA in political science and German from the University of Minnesota, and has a master's in public affairs in nonprofit management and community economic development from the Humphrey School of
Public Affairs.

Record Attendance for 2014 LIGHTFAIR International

LIGHTFAIR International's five-day show in Vegas had 26,059 registered professional attendees to mark the show's 25th anniversary.

When Summer Brings You Lemons

A list of tips to help people deal with common summertime problems including ticks and poison ivy was recently made available to the public by the Natural Resources Defense Council, an international nonprofit environmental organization.

Acquaint Yourself with Advanced Landscape Techniques

Improving fruit trees' appearances and increasing their productivity, and using decorative concrete to turn bland backyard slopes into view-commanding getaways are the techniques addressed in two new books
out this summer.

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