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A Look At Picture-Perfect Landscapes

Picture Perfect Landscapes – learning, practicing and mastering the art of landscaping, by Jim Teske, contains 315 pages of landscape architecture photos and advice from landscape architect Teske. It is available for $62.95 (soft cover) or $73.95 (hard cover) at

Brock Earns Environmental Certification

Brock International, maker of performance base systems for synthetic turf, is the first company in the industry to have a Cradle to Cradle Certified product. The designation is administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, which evaluates products and materials for their impact on human health, environmental health and design for future life cycles.

The certification is for Brock’s PowerBase, an interlocking panel system of food-grade, 100-percent pure polypropylene, known for its longevity and environmental safety. The panels can be easily removed, cleaned and reused. They also can be easily recycled and remade into new Brock panels. For more information, visit

Bulbrite Launches Online LED Resource Center

Bulbrite, manufacturer and supplier of energy-efficient light source solutions, has created an online LED Resource Center ( to help lighting professionals select the right LED light source for their needs. Bulbrite partnered with the Department of Energy’s Lighting Facts Program and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program to promote the advancement of LED technology within the lighting community. The resource center is divided into four sections: Compatibility Information; Lighting Facts; Energy Star; and LED Products.

Landscape Structures Opens Concrete Operations Facility

Landscape Structures Inc., a Delano, Minn.-based commercial playground equipment manufacturer, has unveiled a new facility devoted to the design and manufacturing of playground elements made of precast concrete and glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC).

The 30,000-square-foot facility will enable Landscape Structures to bring any playground theme or idea to life–from climbable animals and tree houses to sensory walls and climbing boulders. Moreover, it will sustainably manufacture these elements in a controlled environment where specified levels of temperature and humidity will enable the concrete creations to properly cure for durability. For more information, contact

Design Enhances Long Island University Athletic Fields

Long Island University’s new multi-sport space at its downtown Brooklyn campus incorporates turf infields to allow for shared use by its softball, baseball, soccer and lacrosse teams. The Cannon Design solution allows the sports fields to overlap each other within the tight constraints of the university’s athletic complex.

Previously, LIU’s athletic and recreation field had been limited due to being both confined in an urban block and surrounded by major streets, a dormitory and an indoor recreation and athletic center. The space was deemed unsafe for students and athletes and unsuitable for Northeast Conference postseason play. The new design recognizes the space premium and offers a field that eliminates these concerns.

Later phases of the renovation effort will include an expansion of campus boundaries around the field, improved lighting and enhanced fan amenities.


Recruits And Ladders

Irrigation Standard Committee Chairs Named

The International Code Council has launched an effort to develop the first ANSI consensus standard for landscape irrigation sprinklers. The committee’s chairman is Timothy Malooly, owner of Water in Motion, an irrigation design, consulting and water management firm in Minneapolis, Minn. Vice Chairman is Brent Mecham, the Irrigation Association Industry development director in Falls Church, Va. For more information about the committee and its work, go to

Kurt Chirbas Earns CPESC

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