Category Archives: Facility Design

The Water-Energy Connection

On November 18, 2010, a directive from New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg to the city’s department of parks and recreation stated that each parks-and-recreation center in the city must take significant steps to cut costs–everything from “negotiating with unions to institute furloughs to save cash” and eliminating part-time seasonal jobs to reducing the work year from 12 to nine months. For many departments, this meant they could be essentially closed for part of the year. And New York City … Continue reading

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Unveiling Additional Revenue

Providing shade can do more than bring relief to park visitors on a steamy summer afternoon — it can bring in revenue. If done correctly, permanent shade structures — such as pavilions and gazebos — can draw a crowd for family reunions, weddings and out-of-the-office meeting locations. Prevent Poor Performance Even though a pavilion typically is a concrete-floored structure with a roof and no walls, that doesn’t mean you can just slap one up anywhere and people will be clamoring … Continue reading

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Rich With History

At the center of what was once Santa Monica’s fabled Gold Coast, the Annenberg Community Beach House traces its roots to the 1920s when newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst built an opulent seaside estate for famous Hollywood starlet Marion Davies. The 5-acre oceanfront site featured a mansion of 100-plus rooms and an ornate marble swimming pool. After serving its purpose as a party venue and social gathering place for Hollywood’s elite, Davies sold the property in 1947, and it was … Continue reading

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Plantscape Industry Expo

Leadership and business sustainability will be the focus of this year’s Plantscape Industry Expo. The exhibition, sponsored by the Plantscape Industry Alliance, will take place Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas. Speakers will also share information on green building concepts, green roofs, living walls, sales, sales presentations on tablets and iPads and more. There will be building and garden tours, networking events, an exhibitors showroom and a chance to take PLANET certification … Continue reading

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Breaking The Silence

In fall 2006, the Parks and Recreation Department of DeKalb County, Ga., decided to build three community centers for residents, but there was just one problem–the department had not built a new facility in more than 20 years. With the help of a local project management company, Silverman Construction Management, and a construction manager,Brasfield & Gorrie, the department set out to hire three firms to design the facilities. Lose & Associates, a landscape architecture, architecture and civil engineering firm from … Continue reading

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