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Architectural Firm Billings Index Reaches Seven-Year High

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported a July Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score of 55.8, the fourth consecutive month of a score higher than 50, indicating an expansion in billings. The index is up noticeably from a mark of 53.5 in June, and is now at its highest level since 2007.

Affordable Care Act Update

Based on the Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions, certain employers must offer health coverage to employees and their dependents.

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A big problem solver for lighting irregular shapes and surfaces, the "School of Fish" by Lightcraft Outdoor Environments is a string of 12-volt lights for curvilinear shapes such as stairs, benches, bars, and railings. Its extruded aluminum channel incorporates sealed LED modules, spaced two inches apart for even light distribution and desired formation, and installs as a down light or back light with mounting clips or concrete adhesive epoxy.

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Hatching Hawks Hollow

About one acre of repurposed prairie at the Peck Farm campus in Geneva, Ill., became the home to Hawks Hollow Nature Playground, an interactive play area with a splash pad, net climbers, a wading stream, and eight learning stations that focus on native plants and wildlife.

Northwoods Park Inclusive Playground, Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Northwoods Park in Brooklyn Park, Minn., recently built an 8,000 square foot inclusive playground to complement its nationally recognized, fully-sized, fully accessible softball fields. The playground has 43 play elements manufactured by BCI Burke Company, who worked side-by-side with the landscape architect.

Limitation of Liability Language

Have you looked at the limitation of liability language in your contract lately? Here's how to make sure it will stand up in court.

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Gaining Ground

Company growth and increased optimism in the landscape industry were evident in LC/DBM's mid-year survey. Here are some numbers, rounded off to the nearest percentage.

July Construction Spending Reaches 67-Month High

The pace of construction spending in July reached the highest level since December 2008, improving to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $981.3 billion, a 1.8 percent increase from June's upwardly revised estimate of $963.7 billion - originally estimated at $950.2 billion. The July rate was 8.7 percent higher year-over-year, estimated at $906.6 billion in July 2013, according to a September 2 report from the Census Bureau.

APLD International Landscape Design Awards

The APLD, an international organization whose goal is to advance the landscape design profession, has announced that entries for the 2015 International Landscape Design Awards are being accepted.

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ASCA 2014 Annual Conference

ASCA, the national association for consulting arborists, has announced that registration is open for their upcoming annual conference, which will be held December 3 - 6 in Palm Springs, Calif.

IA and CalPoly Partnership

The IA, an organization for irrigation companies and professionals, has announced their partnership with California Polytechnic State University's Irrigation Training & Research Center.

Permeable Pavers Poised for Boise Debut
Idaho's Ada County Highway District has decided to try out permeable pavers in two downtown alleyways in the city of Boise. Despite the increased installation costs, officials say reduced maintenance needs and improvements in stormwater management have demonstrated financial benefits in other cities
in the U.S.

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ARCSA Supports the Calif. Plan to Harvest Water

ARCSA, the association that promotes sustainable rainwater harvesting practices, has announced its support of California's plan to harvest rain
and stormwater.

'Spring Fleecing' Fringe Tree and 'Lemon Lace' Elderberry Top Honors
at Farwest Trade Show

The judges at the Farwest Trade Show in Wilsonville, Oregon (Aug. 21-23) selected the 'Spring Fleecing' fringe tree as "Best in Show." The tree has dark, waxy-green foliage and produces large billowy white flowers. The tree grows 10-15 feet tall and wide (zones 4-9).

Vortex International Opens
Offices in France

Vortex Aquatic Structures Int'l, Inc., was founded in 1995 with the introduction of the Splashpad. Its other aquatic play elements are Poolplay, Spraypoint and Water Journeys.

ASLA Offers Guide to Green Infrastructure

The goal of the earliest design stages for Richland College in Dallas was that every drop of rain would be captured in bioswales, directed to cisterns and used on site. The goal of the landscape design and subsequent planning was to minimize impact on the downstream watershed.

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HRI Receives Financial Contributions

More than $200,000 was donated or pledged to the Horticultural Research Institute at its second of twice-yearly donor receptions.

Emerging Trends in Social
Media Marketing

The CEO of a global social network points out four new trends that he says will help companies market to the 18- to 34-year-old demographic.

Freddie Mac: Housing Market Weak, Despite Scattered Local Improvements

The housing recovery continues to be a primarily local phenomenon, according to a market analysis from Freddie Mac. Although markets with strong economies and favorable demographics continue to improve, most markets are still generally weak, and the housing market as a whole
remains sluggish.

Davey Tree Expert Buys Florida Landscaping Firm

The acquisition of Lawn Logic bolsters Davey Tree Expert's services in the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. area.

Rosetta Welcomes a New Manufacturer in Tacoma, Wash.

CASToHN will begin producing Rosetta Wetcast Hardscape Products.

Hyundai Construction Equipment Partners with Werk-Brau Attachments

The partnership will allow customers to purchase Hyundai equipment with Werk-Brau attachments through dealer networks. Werk-Brau will be responsible for the timing and delivery of all products directly to the customers' locations.

Get Nematodes Under Control

UC Riverside nematology professor Ole Becker showed how nematodes can infect carrot roots at his presentation of "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Turfgrass Nematodes and Their Control" at the Annual Turfgrass and Landscape Research Field Day held Sept. 11.

Salt of the Earth

Attendees at the UC Riverside Annual Turfgrass and Landscape Research Field Day looked at Tifway II bermudagrass plots to evaluate the efficacy of products on turf to reduce stress caused by irrigation with saline water.

Poured-in-Place Hardscape, Hawaiian Style

The front of the June 27 lava flow has advanced eastward, from the eastern boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna forest reserve to only .8 miles from the western boundary of the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision. The clearing is part of the subdivision.

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