Category Archives: Columns

History In The Making

What do you do when the history is a mystery?

“This place…it has significant age, all right. But it has no signs of visible history. Hmmm, what is a designer to do?” That has been an ongoing design discussion we’ve had over the past several months. The fortune (and misfortune, to some degree) has been mine in taking on the design challenge of a project that just so happens to be on a historic site. Initially, the program called for the removal of a dilapidated perimeter chain-link fence, placement of … Continue reading

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Old Friend

It's always a happy thing when work brings you face to face with an old friend!

I had the fortune this past week of running into an old friend, one I hadn’t seen in awhile. To be honest, it had probably been at least three or four years since we had seen each other last. We happened to bump into each other at, of all places, a job site. It was a park project I had worked on a number of years ago, but because of the local economic conditions, the plans had been put on … Continue reading

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Come To The Table

Are you getting input from all the right people?

“If I were to set a place for you, would you join me at the table?” This question was posed to a small group of parks and recreation directors, superintendents, and field foremen. It was the premise of an hour-long talk I gave last week at a Training Institute Conference. To my fortune, everyone was more than willing to come to the table. Blindly trusting that the audience would enjoy sharing a table (stage) with me, I crafted an interactive … Continue reading

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Last-Minute Lament

Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.

How many times have you had a colleague come to you late in the workday asking for help on a project when he was facing an eminent deadline? I have to admit, this is one of my biggest pet peeves in business. I know that you can’t always be prepared for everything, and more than once I have had a client call in a favor asking for something and needing it right away. It is times such as these that … Continue reading

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Thin Is In

Tall, thin, and beautiful: "Slender Silhouette" American sweetgum.

The Green Light I love big, beautiful, majestic trees, and who doesn’t? But there are times when a massive Sugar Maple that will grow to 100-plus feet high and 75 feet wide isn’t going to fit. If you need to keep your tree choices narrow, I have some ideas. I’m not talking about small, ornamental, flowering trees; I’m talking about narrow versions of some of our most beloved, majestic trees. Many of the best-performing large trees common to our forests … Continue reading

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