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Impact of Construction Labor Shortage Increasing

Signs abound that a nationwide shortage in skilled construction labor may threaten projected growth, especially given a recent uptick in industry activity, and many construction executives expect the situation to worsen during the coming years. According to a construction labor survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America and SmartBrief, respondents from the Midwest and South are suffering from more widespread shortages than the West and Northeast.

California County D.A., "Workplace Safety Is Not an Option"

The district attorney's office in Santa Clara County, Calif., recently announced that a grand jury had indicted the owner of a construction company, a manager at the company, and the company itself on charges of felony involuntary manslaughter stemming from the death of an employee after a stop-work notice was disregarded.

Putting a Stamp on the Backyard

Stephens and Smith Construction worked with an Omaha, Neb., homeowner to select the overall design, patterns and colors for their patio and pool deck renovation. The homeowners had seen stamped concrete and were interested in giving their deck a fresh new look, as well as replacing their existing concrete and stoops, which had a spray texture overlay and stenciled brick borders in a pinwheel design.

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Demolishing Concrete Stereotypes

Many landscape contractors incorporate decorative concrete into their projects, as homeowners and businesses want durable, long-lasting hardscapes that are largely maintenance free. The concrete covering the upper areas and pool deck of this Cassville, Mo., residence was imprinted with hand-cut stone imprinting tools, colored with an oyster white hardener and pecan tan antiquing release, highlighted with various color hardener pigments and grouted to match the home's existing stones.

Making Payroll
2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the average national pay for a landscaping worker is $12.65/hour. Changes in wage regulations are being proposed or have already taken place that demand your attention because they can affect your bottom line.

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Hardscape North America, which is produced by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and endorsed by The Brick Industry Association and the National Concrete Masonry Association, is once again co-locating with the Green Industry Expo in Louisville, Ky., October 21-24.

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Golf Course in the Rough, Reopens as Park

The site required a modest excavation of three rain gardens, covering 10,737 square feet, that were dug out using a Vermeer RT450; this took two days. Plantings in this area were selected based on their water filtering qualities, and include red maple, pond apple, swamp hibiscus, pickerelweed, arrowhead, dahoon holly, bald cypress, buttonbush, duck potato and
sand cordgrass.

A Stroll Through Shady Lane Park

For the Shady Lane Park playground renovation, Merrie Talley of Talley Landscape Architects worked with GameTime, a division of PlayCore, in the design of custom play pieces. The work began with sketches and meetings with Houston's Parks Director Joe Turner. New plantings of live oaks surround the playground. To avoid the hazards of guy wires or uprights to support the new trees, Tree Stake Solutions donated root anchors. The trees along the bayou path are cypress and river birch, which thrive in the area's bayou environment.

Ascending to New Heights: Riverview Park Soars Above the Rest

The new pyramid climber in Riverview Park, Mesa, Ariz., can accommodate 250 kids at one time. It tops out at 49.3 feet tall, with a spread of 78-ft., 10 inches, making it the tallest playground pyramid climber in the world, according to Rob Lockhart, CCPI, CPSI, of Dynamo Industries, which fabricated the net climber and rope course in South Korea. Rob was in Korea for a month to make sure the design was right, then spent two and a half weeks in Mesa, Ariz., to oversee the net climber and rope course were properly installed. Dynamo's distributer, AZ Rec, did the installations. The net climber required not only 100 cubic yards (13 truck loads) of concrete for the footers, but subterranean 3.5-inch thick steel turnbuckles. The groundings, Lockhart muses, if tethered to a jumbo jet passenger plane, would keep it from budging.

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Keeping up the Canopy

Seattle's overall tree canopy cover is 23 percent, but the city aspires to 30 percent by 2037. This is the Capitol Hill neighborhood, a densely populated residential district east of the city's central business district.

On the Case

Country music singer, Kip Moore, debuts his latest video for the song "On the Case," which honors construction workers.

STMA Volunteers for the LLWS

The STMA, a non-profit professional association for the men and women who manage sports fields, donated their time and services for the recent Little League World Series, held in Williamsport, Pa.

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Brick Paver Installation Videos Highlight Techniques, Compaction

Two new YouTube videos for landscape professionals and homeowners provide a demonstration of proper installation techniques and best practices for clay brick pavers. The videos combine shared content from the Brick Industry Association and the School for Advanced Segmental Paving.

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Existing Home Sales Up, New Home Sales Dip in July

Previously owned home sales reached a 2014 high with a 2.4 percent increase in July, while the sales rate for new homes moved 2.4 percent in the opposite direction over the same period, according to reports from the National Association of Realtors and the Commerce Department, respectively. While existing home sales are approaching normal, pre-recession levels, new homes remain at roughly 50 percent of normal activity.

Drought Workshop by NWRI

The NWRI, a non-profit organization that sponsors projects/programs
that focus on ensuring reliable sources of water, has announced a
drought workshop.

ASLA Advocacy in St. Louis

ASLA, the association for landscape architects across the United States, drew chapters to St. Louis, Mo., where they hosted their annual advocacy summit this year.

New Guide for Urban Tree Planting
Trees in Urban Habitat discusses the methods, techniques and problems involved with planting trees in urban areas. The cities of New Delhi and Chandigarh, India, serve as the laboratory for this manual but its authors say that the information is applicable to a number of areas around the world including parts
of the U.S.

Volvo EC480E Sets the Standard for Efficient Excavation

Powered by a proven Tier 4 Final/Stage IV-compliant Volvo D13 engine, the EC480E delivers digging and breakout forces alongside reduced emissions and improved fuel efficiency.

ETwater Announces HermitCrab 2 Compatibility with Aqua Conserve
ETwater just added ETwater HermitCrab 2 product certification for retrofit operating Aqua Conserve host irrigation controllers. Hermit Crab 2 provides access for Aqua Conserve customers to an intuitive and feature-rich solution.

LEED Certification Boosts
Hotel Revenue

Researchers found that revenue increases were found in LEED-certified hotels of all types, although most hotels in the study were upscale or luxury properties located in urban or suburban locations.

CLCA Enjoys Camaraderie at Angels Baseball Game

Grant Mason of Costa Mesa, Calif. along with his dad, Marc Mason of
Marc Mason Landscape Services and Kevin Cook of Costa Mesa enjoy tacos at a tailgate party for the CLCA Angels baseball outing at Angels Stadium on August 30.

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