Category Archives: Insider Access

Advanced Green Architecture Awarded Art Building Project


Advanced Green Architecture (AGA), Grand Rapids, Mich., has been awarded the contract for the green roof system for the University of Iowa’s Art Building Replacement Facility. The new five-story, approximately 126,000-square-foot structure is a LEED Gold certification building topped with the 14,600 square-foot-green roof system that will boast the custom, pre-vegetated sedum mix grown by AGA in their Advanced Green Roof™ system at their nursery. Midwest Green Roof of Arlington Heights, Ill., will perform the green roof installation next spring. The … Continue reading

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Learning To Pack Light

Creative ideas come out of minimalism.

The Virgin airline lost my suitcase, forcing me to buy a week’s worth of clothes and toiletries in Oxford, England. That was an inconvenience, as well as an important reminder to always pack necessities in one’s carry-on luggage. However, the real value in the experience was the requirement that I now conduct four days of staff training workshops without props. Several good books on low-prop or no-prop games exist, but I’ve got enough of those memorized that it’s easy to pull … Continue reading

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Rustic Does Not Equal Rundown

Illustration: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / clairev

Having spent many years in the park industry, I have encountered some common beliefs held by park owners when it comes to campgrounds. In speaking with Evanne Schmarder, host of the RV Cooking Show and co-author of Unconventional Wisdom Works, here are some of the more popular myths appearing in the industry: Myth 1: A campground is a seasonal business. Yes, the doors are open 6 months, more or less, but the use of the off-season period is critical to … Continue reading

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A Dose Of Carefree Living

Photo Courtesy Of Alan Clark

The entrance to Camp Boggy Creek looks like most summer camps. As a former camp director, I noticed the typical “Welcome” sign greeting campers, along with colorful wooden arrows pointing to the arts-and-crafts center, theatre, riding stable, and pool. As a group of campers walked by, they proclaimed their loyalty to the camp with a typically loud and enthusiastic cabin cheer. But the camp, about 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., is anything but typical. With the help of 1,600 volunteers … Continue reading

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When Tempers Flare

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / Elenathewise

During this summer, like summers before, there will be camp drama. This drama can cause emotional hurt, which is typically a trigger for anger. Anger, often thought of as a substitute emotion, is a learned behavior. Children learn how to express anger from role models—parents, teachers, and coaches. Campers arrive with a wide variety of these learned behaviors. People become angry because they don’t want to feel the pain associated with the cause of what triggered the anger.  Campers may … Continue reading

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