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June Construction Spending Pushed Down by May Revision
Eliza Pennypacker Named Head of Penn State Dept. of Landscape Architecture
Making of the San Clemente Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan
Forest Playground in Works at L.A.'s Grand Park
Dingy to 'Darling': Manitou Avenue Makeover
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Housing Market Stagnant According to August Index

The National Association of Home Builders' Leading Markets Index, which measures current housing permits, prices and employment data for metropolitan areas against pre-recession 'normal' levels, added just seven markets year-over-year and increased by one point from June to August. Seventy-eight percent of markets showed an improvement year-over-year, down from 83 percent in June.

PLANET Faces Capitol Hill

PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, has reported a win on Capitol Hill.

The Nevada City Boardwalk on Commercial Street -- A Parklet, a Social Experiment for a Community Building

Planter boxes and guard rails with rebar pickets separate the boardwalk from the street, making it a space where parents can relax without worrying about their young children entering the street. The sides of the planter boxes are rusty, corrugated tin from a construction project, echoing buildings in and around the town.

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Friends Park, Glencoe, Ill.

A year of design, public input and construction at Friends Park in Glencoe, Ill., led to the replacement of an old wooden play structure above a sand pit with new and accessible features, including a ramped play structure, net climber, swings and other amenities centered on a train trip theme.

Court Street Gateway: Binghamton, New York

More than a decade of planning and construction in Binghamton, N.Y., led to the rebuild of the city's primary entryway, which encompasses five contiguous blocks in the heart of the downtown district and the courthouse square. Lighting fixtures include mini-wash LEDs (Cast, CEWL8LED1) and architectural floodlights (Lithonia Lighting, Aeris ASF1).

Dingy to 'Darling':
Manitou Avenue Makeover

Manitou Avenue's "road diet" converted four travel lanes to two travel lanes and a center lane for left turns, emergency vehicles and delivery truck parking. The center lane was necessary for deliveries. Most stores don't have room for deliveries behind their buildings, as Fountain Creek or the mountainside interfere. The center turn lane is paved with patterned, colored concrete to add emphasis, and to break up the asphalt paving used for the travel lanes. The reduction of one traffic lane allowed widening the narrow sidewalks by 6 feet on each side, creating 11 to 12-foot sidewalks for greater pedestrian movement.

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To Change a Grade

In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Hardscapes Inc. converted a steep slope that separated a residence from a river to a tiered transition from upper yard to lower yard with retaining walls, a staircase, and a lower patio. The grade change they had to deal with is 11 to 12 vertical feet over a 30 to 40 foot area. Most materials came from Rosetta Hardscapes. Though non-operational, an old stone fireplace - a remnant of a historic homestead that once stood on the site - was retained as a focal point.

Optimizing Drip Systems

Drip irrigation was successfully used by farmers in the last half of the 20th century but had mixed success in landscaping until advancements made its use extensive and well-trusted in residential and commercial irrigation.

Annual ARCSA Award

ARCSA, the association that promotes sustainable rainwater harvesting practices, announced that submissions are being accepted for the Rainwater Catchment System Award.

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John Deere Landscapes Adds Hawaiian Supplier

Equipment distributor John Deere Landscapes has acquired Diamond Head Sprinkler Supply and its three Hawaii distribution centers, adding the islands to more than 400 existing locations throughout North America.

Sedona Named Dark Sky Community
The IDA, a non-profit organization fighting to preserve the night sky, has announced Sedona, Ariz., as the world's eighth International Dark Sky Community.
Photo: Susan Amon

June Construction Spending Pushed Down by May Revision

Construction outlays - public and private, residential and non-residential - declined from May to June, as the overall annual spending pace declined by 1.8 percent following an 0.8 percent upward revision to the May rate. Home construction fell for the second consecutive month, and a four percent
decline in government spending was the largest margin of decline in more
than 10 years.

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Eliza Pennypacker, ASLA, Named Head of Penn State Department of Landscape Architecture
Prof. Eliza Pennypacker, MLA, ASLA, who has taught in the Penn State Department of Landscape Architecture since 1982 and headed the Department of Landscape Architecture from 1993 to 2000, has once again been named to lead the university's department of landscape architecture. She has been the interim department head since the beginning of the 2014.

Front Line Strategies

Employees who deal directly with customers can be a company's best asset or its biggest drawback. Effective management of those employees could make all the difference.

The Making of the San Clemente Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan

San Clemente's extensive community outreach for the Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan involved 86 general plan meetings. The city adopted the 230-page master plan in February 2014. The plan was under the direction of project manager Cliff Jones, associate city planner, and the general plan project manager, Jeff Hook, principal city planner. The prime consultant was KTU+A Planning + Landscape Architecture of San Diego, John Eric Holloway, ASLA, LEED Green Associate, LCI, project manager.

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Valmont Industries Expands with New Line of Outdoor Structures recently expanded its showcase of offerings with a new collection of treated pine Hawthorne bridges. They have 2' x 6' beam ties and custom double rail available in lengths ranging from 4' to 24'.

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NRMCA Launches New Course

The NRMCA, which represents producers of ready mixed concrete, will launch a new course, Improving Concrete Quality, that is intended for concrete producers, ingredient material suppliers, engineers, testing labs
and contractors.

Associations Help Protect Your Interests

In a show of how an association can effectively support its members, the California Landscape Contractors Association recently sent out a legislative alert, asking their members to actively oppose a pending bill whose passage could threaten their businesses. The association even set up a way to expedite opposition letters to state senators.

Maximize Productivity and Save Time

The new QUIK-jet Air is an air-powered trunk injection device designed to deliver a precise formulation dosage in seconds, to maximize productivity and reduce labor time. ARBOR-mobile is a new smartphone application offering a Solution Finder to help diagnose tree issues, an EAB project cost calculator, a tree tag capability using GPS and more.

Landscape Lighting Effects Through Software

Take a picture of a client's house, landscape and hardscape during the day. Open the image in Landscape Lighting Software and place landscape lighting fixtures on the image as if they were installed. Open Landscape Lighting Effects and choose a shade of darkness, and add the lighting effects. Using Landscape Lighting Software allows you to show your clients, rather than just trying to tell them about night lighting.

Williams Stone Introduces New Encore(TM) Granite Veneer System

The Vintage Collection from Williams Stone Company contains 5 percent Williams Blue Sky, 35 percent Chester Gray, 30 percent Old Berkshire and 30 percent Moonlit Rose.

Northwest Tree Transplanter Saves University Trees from Leveling
Big Trees Inc., a large tree nursery and tree transplant company servicing Washington state, was contracted by the University of Washington to transplant 10 large trees on the campus slated to be cut down during a university construction project. Big Trees moved the trees from their current locations near a demolished building to other locations on campus.

Growth Opportunity for Builders Who Choose Walpole
Dies were manufactured for many of Walpole's planters and window boxes to provide detailed and cleaner moldings.

Turf Battles Continue

As many cities put programs in place to pay people for removing their lawns, proponents say that such programs are vital, while opponents counter that lawns provide needed oxygen, cool the air, prevent erosion and stormwater runoff and are family-friendly.

Forest Playground in Works at L.A.'s Grand Park

The playground in Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles should be ready by Nov. 2014. The design, a forest floor of berms, oversized leaves and a 20-foot tall Ipe tree house with slides, is by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, the original landscape architectural firm for Grand Park.

SITES Certifies Four New Projects

Four new projects have been certified by the SITES program, including Kirke Park in Seattle, Wash., 38 Dolores, the site of a grocery store in San Francisco, Calif., West Point Foundry Preserve in Cold Spring, N.Y., and Perkins+Will, a design firm in Atlanta, Ga.

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