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Landscape Development news Summer 2010


The initial cost of greening your roof may be higher than conventional roofing systems, but it can pay for itself over time. Green roofs significantly extend the lifespan of the roof membrane by offering protection from sunlight and temperature variations. They capture and utilize stormwater as their primary source of irrigation while plants clean and filter the excess runoff. Green roofs and roof gardens cool the planet and protect against the urban heat island effect, reducing roof temperatures by as much as 80 degrees Fahrenheit in warmer climates. GETTING SMART ABOUT BUILDING GREEN Green roofs and roof gardens not only soften the harshness and isolation of cities and suburbs, they play an important role in the development of LEEDcertified buildings. There are three types of rooftop gardens: Intensive: an accessible, park-like roof garden with conventional trees and plants requiring irrigation and maintenance


Tom DonnELLy, ASLA, PrESIDEnT oF VALLEyCrEST LAnDSCAPE DEVELoPmEnT, runS ThE ComPAnyS LAnDSCAPE ConSTruCTIon buSInESS WhICh ALSo InCLuDES ThE rESPonSIbILITy For ThE DIVISIonS PrE-ConSTruCTIon SErVICES, DESIGnbuILD AnD VALLEyCrEST DESIGn GrouP, ThE ComPAnyS LAnDSCAPE ArChITECTurE PrACTICE. Q: Which sector (private vs. public) do the majority of projects booked to date in 2010 fall? A: hands down, the public sector. The obama stimulus plan is trickling down to the landscape levels. Were seeing school work, street projects, downtown improvements, parks and recreation and urban street projects. We foresee that there will be work on military bases, projects in urban areas and suburban community projects.

Extensive: a traditional rooftop blanket of sedum or sod re Semi-Intensive: a combination of both

quiring little maintenance which can be installed using a monolithic or modular roofing system

IS A GREEN ROOF RIGHT FOR YOU? Whether new construction or a re-envisioned property, consider the questions below to establish the best approach for you. Also, along with the building Architect and Structural Engineer be sure to have a thorough inspection by a competent roofing specialist. Is the project taking place on a single building or a campus of different structures? Is the roof visible from neighboring structures? What is the load-bearing rating of the roof? Is the roof area to be used for services such as window washing, etc.? If already in place, what is the type of roofing system and how old is it?

Q: What about the private sector? A: The private sector market is still quiet. however, in Q1 & Q2 weve noticed that homebuilders are slowly starting some model complexes and beginning to build again in segmented phases. on the institutional side, university work had slowed down but is picking back up, and thats probably due to the stock markets positive impact on endowments. We recently heard about some opportunities in boston where a couple of big universities have long range plans looking toward end of 2010 into 2011.

Q: Which business model do you feel will continue to grow in appeal? A: At ValleyCrest, we continue to believe that design-build is a great opportunity for customers who want to get their projects brought to fruition in a more efficient way. The end result on projects weve worked on with this delivery system has been faster timelines, improved cost control and more landscape for every dollar spent. Q: How is business offshore? A: We havent really felt the impact on our offshore business. We recently finished a high-end, second home community project in the bahamas and our middle East business is well underway. Q: Whats a major concern for the remainder of 2010?

An intensive rooftop garden, like the desert lush Aria pool deck at CityCenter in Las Vegas, is easily accessible to building occupants and planted with trees and shrubs. To maximize the return on this investment, a thoughtful maintenance regimen including monitoring irrigation, feeding and plant care is recommended.

A: I have the good fortune to travel across the country and meet and talk with customers and landscape architects. All of us on the supply side are concerned about the rest of 2010 and we dont think were going to see much growth right now. based on the outlook, were crawling along the bottom of the market, so its not likely going to get worse but from my perspective, we are not in recovery yet. I see us in a fragile state of aggressive pricing and uncertain workloads where an upset like continued lack of credit for development, a natural or man-made disaster or a rapid and unforeseen spike in prices at the fuel pump will upset market conditions. Q: Where do you see significant growth? A: Customers want their properties looking great for resale or to help attract new tenants which is a great opportunity for growth in the landscape industry. Weve already seen a lot of work in re-imaging properties that have grown stale in looks, need to be updated, or properties acquired as a result of the real estate downturn. We have also been actively tracking existing structures being retrofitted into more environmentally-sustainable buildings. A recent report from mcGraw-hill Construction noted that today green building comprises 5 to 9 percent of the retrofit and renovation market activity by value, which translates to roughly $2 billion to $4 billion of major projects annually. The report estimates that by 2014 projects in this sector could account for 20 to 30 percent of the market, which if accurate would equate to $10 to $15 billion in spending on major retrofit projects annually.

Approximately 360,000 gallons of water circulate through the green roof that is the Aria pool deck at CityCenter in Las Vegas every four hours. To help offset some of the pool water demands and achieve LEED-Gold status, highly efficient drip irrigation systems were installed and are expected to help reduce water consumption by more than 50% when compared to the traditional spray head irrigation installation.

ARIA LANDScAPE TEAM: Landscape Architect - Field operations Landscape contractor & Pool General contractor ValleyCrest Landscape Development

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ONcE A HIT, ALWAYS A HIT Established in the 1940s, the north Carolina museum of Art (nCmA) in raleigh, north Carolina, was the first major art museum to be formed and funded by state legislation in the country. In 2006, the museum celebrated the groundbreaking of a much-needed expansion and renovation. on April 24, 2010, nCmA reopened as the nations largest art museum and park featuring walking paths, bike trails, ecological areas, reflection pools and sculpture gardens finished with a mixture of historical and contemporary pieces. PERFEcTING TREE PLAcEMENT, ONE SPEcIMEN AT A TIME The construction team was tasked with cataloging the horizontal location and vertical grade elevation of all existing service utility and irrigation systems, as well as the size and location of all existing plantings. This information was required by the Landscape Architect in order to seamlessly integrate the new landscape with the existing while maintaining the sight lines and view points critical to the museums outdoor sculpture collection. In order to achieve this requirement, the team tagged each critical landscape element utilizing the Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities of AutoCAD. The approach lent the Landscape Architect the tools and data necessary to conceive a design which ensured the museums sculptures could be viewed from the desired viewpoints even as the trees and landscape matured. AUTOcAD TO EFFIcIENcY While its not a new delivery method, GPS data collection most certainly allows project teams to perform with the utmost efficiency while maintaining the flexibility for future landscape improvements. At nCmA, trees were to be planted in a large meadow on a slope without hard edges, like curb or sidewalk, which the project team would normally use to dimension placement. using AutoCADs GPS, the project team accurately mapped all trees onsite and collected detailed information specific to each individual tree such as species, age and health. NORTH cAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART LANDScAPE TEAM: Owner - north Carolina Department of Cultural resources Landscape Architect - Lappas + havener General contractor - barnhill - balfour beatty, A Joint Venture Landscape contractor - ValleyCrest Landscape Development completion Date: April 2010 A reflection pool in the West Courtyard at night* * Images courtesy of Lappas + Havener

Auguste Rodins sculpture The Three Shades in Cantor Courtyard with reflecting pool & black bamboo*

Entry Courtyard with River Birch leading to Auguste Rodins sculpture The Thinker*

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