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Patrick Beasley, ALSA, LEED AP, is a Landscape Architect at Acadia Landscape in Knoxville, Tenn. He can be reached via e-mail at


With all of the options, how do you select the appropriate flooring? Ask several questions to start the design process:

  • What materials are available locally?
  • Are there skilled installers available in the area?
  • What type of environment will the material be installed in (e.g., wet or dry, windy, sunny or shady, etc.)?
  • What are the slope/grade challenges?
  • Is ADA access necessary, or will the space benefit by providing easy movement for the disabled or elderly?
  • How does the material fit in with other materials already installed on-site?
  • What is the cost of the material, and does it conform to the allotted budget?
  • What are the environmental impacts of installing the material?
  • How much transportation is required to get the material to the site?
  • How much waste is produced by the material?
  • What type of extraction or manufacturing is necessary?
  • What maintenance needs will be required with the material?
  • How will drainage tie into the site and flooring?
  • What are the safety concerns?


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