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Homebuilder Confidence Remains Stable in January Despite Dip

The NAHB homebuilder confidence index reported a score of 56 in January, a one-point decline from the downwardly revised score of 57 in December. "Following an unexpected jump last month, builder confidence has essentially leveled out and is holding at a solid level," said NAHB chairman Rick Judson. Index scores above 50 indicate builder perceptions of the market are more positive than negative.
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Youth At-Risk Facility Opts for Recycled Sidewalks

Modular interlocking ''pavement'' (Terracon's TERREWALKS(R), 100 percent recycled plastic) for the Brunswick, Maine, youth facility was selected over concrete because, according to the manufacturer, it will not break in the freeze-thaw cycles of New England, is pervious and its light weight (25 pounds) makes installation easier.
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The ''Trail to Heaven''

The Ha'iku Trail on Oahu, overlooking the valley by the same name, was closed to public use in June 1987. Some people still trek up the 30-degree slopes via the steel galvanized steps that begin at 480 feet elevation and climb to the 2,800 ft. Pu'u Keahiakahoe peak, but it's ''illegal trespass.''
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2013 ASLA Class of Fellows from Florida & North Carolina
Michael Cole's leadership has expanded access to affordable higher education, appreciation of the value of landscape architecture for resources stewardship and economic development, and quality of life initiatives for the profession and public.
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Homebuilding Hits
Year-End Slump


Residential construction levels fell in all categories in December, exacerbated by an upward revision to November's estimates. Building permits and housing starts dropped below the million-unit rate after breaching it the previous month, declining 3.0 and 9.8 percent respectively, and housing completions lost 10.8 percent from November to December. Year-end declines in construction activity are common and are usually caused by cold weather.
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New Tool to Track Fleet Trip Expenses

A new feature in Xora's mobile workforce management tool, StreetSmart(TM), is designed to streamline mileage and expense submission and analysis.
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A Change in Base of Operations

According to the manufacturer, each 1.5-pound panel of Gator Base used as a paver base replaces 240 pounds of compacted aggregate.
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Construction Employment, Workforce Declines in December

Construction employment totaled 5,833,000 in December, an increase of 122,000 jobs from a year earlier, though the industry shed 16,000 jobs from November to December. Despite a 2.1 percent increase to the workforce in 2013, the sum of industry jobs remains nearly 1.9 million below the sector's April 2006 peak.
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20th Annual ELA Conference
ELA, a nonprofit organization that uses environmentally safe and beneficial landscape practices, will host their 20th annual conference February 26-27, 2014, in Springfield, Mass.
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Speakers Selected for 2014 NRMCA Conference

NRMCA, which represents producers of ready mixed concrete, has announced the 2014 annual conference speakers.
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It Could Be Wood
A new concrete paver product from Techo-Bloc intends to convey the warmth and richness of wood. The manufacturer plans on making the product available soon.
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Stone Walls for Steep Hills

Rainy weather and a steep grade challenged Tryon Creek Landscape's installation team at this Lake Oswego, Ore., residence. The crew cleared unsightly plantings and unkempt hardscape during eight months of construction, transforming the site with a new dock, stairs and 1,500 square feet of dry stacked stone retaining walls installed by hand.
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California Enters Third Year of Drought

The yellow areas on the Jan. 7, 2014 drought map (National Drought Mitigation Center) indicate abnormally dry; the tan areas are moderately dry; the orange areas mark severe drought; the red indicates extreme drought; and the dark brown spots are exceptional drought.
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NRPA, a national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts, has announced that registration is open for their RV and Campground Management School.
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Quaker Smith Point at Shelburne Farms

A new residential compound at Quaker Smith Point on Shelburne Farms, Vt., a 3,800-acre agricultural estate designed in part by Frederick Law Olmsted, included the conversion of an existing barn into a guesthouse and a new primary residence encircled by a new arrival court, water features and entertainment terraces.
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NASPD and Stihl Award Scholarships
Visits to U.S. state parks, like Caledonia State Park in Pennsylvania, exceed 720 million annually. This 1,130-acre park is located near Gettysburg and was named for the Caledonia Furnace, an iron furnace from the early 1800's.
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Virginia Communities Seek to Delay New Stormwater Initiative

The 2012 Virginia General Assembly requires local municipalities to have stormwater programs in place by July 1, 2014, mandating a nine percent reduction in phosphorus runoff into waterways.
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Business Management Seminar Track

This year LA Expo hosts 30+ CEU approved seminars and workshops in six different seminar tracks, including a business management track, which will educate attendees on how to create a thriving social media presence that exposes your business to more potential customers, grabs an audience's attention, and tells your story in a way that builds credibility. Click here to view a list of business management seminars. Seats are limited so sign up today!

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The north system contains 18 rows and 369 chambers, while the south system holds eight rows with 231 chambers. The 600 CULTEC chambers, combined with a layer of stone, provide 44,249 cubic feet of storage for the site.
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Seeking New Heights with Grasshopper HighLift(TM) Collector

Grasshopper is taking its PowerVac(TM) Collection System to the next level with the introduction of the HighLift(TM) 15B. As the name implies, this new collector can be raised and lowered to empty clippings and debris in a variety of situations (truck beds, trailers, fences, etc.).
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Welcome to 2014!
You know, I have always liked the mission and especially the members of ASLA. These are landscape architects, suppliers and even students who are not only doing their own work, but are also doing the work of the profession by joining the conversation and supporting the profession as it continues to grow.
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ASCA's 2014 Consulting Academy

ASCA, the national association for consulting arborists, will host their 2014 Consulting Academy in Newport Beach, Calif.
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Allen Engineering Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

This shows an Allen Engineering RS844 roller screed used on pervious concrete. The company recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.
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NMC Model 2850 Articulated Compact Loader

The new NMC 2850 compact articulated loader (formerly Swinger) includes many updates and features, and is ideal for lift-carry-dump cycles in fertilizer plants.
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