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Housing Markets Creep Forward in February

Two additional housing markets measured by the National Association of Homebuilders' Leading Markets Index reached or exceeded normal economic activity levels in February. Just 58 areas out of 350 national metropolitan areas now meet that standard. The national index increased by one percentage point from January to February; based on current permits, prices and employment data, the national market is running at 87 percent of normal economic and housing activity.

Steamboat Springs' Burgess Creek Promenade

The disjointed base area of the ski resort in Steamboat Springs, Colo., lacked adequate pedestrian and gathering space for a world-class location that often accommodates more than 10,000 skiers daily. Five years and nearly $10 million in construction costs transformed the area with a new snow-melting pedestrian promenade centered on Burgess Creek, a waterway diverted underground in the 1970s and restored to the surface for seasonal use.

Garten's Ribbons at 50 United Nations Plaza, San Francisco, Calif.

Originally completed in 1936, the historic Arthur Brown-designed 50 United Nations Plaza Building in San Francisco was recently renovated by HKS Architects. Along with the building revamp, artist Cliff Garten re-envisioned the landscape with a twisty hardscape he calls "Ribbons."

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Provo River Hardscape

The large pavers for the pool deck for this three-acre residential estate on the Provo River at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains are the 'Mega Lafitt' Toscana blend series (Belgard).

Private Sector Increase Keeps December Construction Spending Stable, Balances Public Decline

Construction spending rose 0.1 percent in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $930.5 billion, according to a Feb. 3 Commerce Department report. The private construction spending rate added 1.0 percent, balancing a 2.6 percent increase in residential projects with a 0.7 percent decline in nonresidential builds. Public construction spending fell 2.3 percent in December.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center Garners AIA Honor Award

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center transitions from glass-walled architecture to a leaf-shaped green roof that is an extension of the garden's 52-acre landscape.

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For the Landscape Architect's Library

For the 400th anniversary of Andre Le Notre's birth comes Andre Le Notre in Perspective (Editions Hazan), hardcover ($51), by Patricia Bouchenot-Dechin (editor), Georges Farhat (editor).

Home Prices Boom in 2013

The CoreLogic Home Price Index, which includes sales of distressed homes, lost 0.1 percent from November to December, but the 11 percent year-over-year increase represented the 22nd consecutive month that prices were higher than the same month in the previous year. Despite only moderate gains in residential construction, home prices have not increased at such a rapid pace since 2005, at the height of the housing boom.

IDA Has Recognized Ireland with a Dark Sky Place

The IDA, a non-profit organization fighting to preserve the night sky, has recognized Ireland's first International Dark Sky Place.

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Earth Day Contest
In conjunction with PLANET's Day of Service, a North Carolina landscape company is encouraging students to design an outdoor landscape project for their communities and create a poster that highlights the plan. Hicks Landscape Contractors will award $5,500 to the winners.

Heavy Vehicle Simulator Puts Permeable Concrete to the Test

The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) and nearly a dozen paver manufacturers in California are sponsoring a heavy vehicle simulator test on a permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) track at UC Davis. The test will simulate years of truck traffic, demonstrating the viability of permeable concrete installations in long-term civil engineering projects.

To Hire or Not to Hire
Building a company back up to the levels it enjoyed before an economic downturn and beyond is an issue owners must deal with as an economy improves.

Landscape Contractors Look Like a Hero

It's the driest year on record in California. Make water efficiency upgrades now. Install free high efficiency nozzles for your customers.

Landscape Architect Eddie George--a Judge on New "American Dream Builders" Reality Show

"American Dream Builders" debuts March 23, 2014, on NBC. Designer Nate Berkus is the host; Monica Pedersen and landscape architect Eddie George (right) of EDGE, are the judges. The one-hour reality competition pits 12 contestants (designers, home builders) against one another.

E-Verify Participation Reaches Milestone

The USCIS reports that for companies using the E-Verify service, 98.8 percent of work-authorized employees are automatically confirmed instantly or within 24 hours, requiring no further employee or employer action. Users gave E-Verify a score of 86 out of 100 on the 2012 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey. The average score for all government agencies was 67.

Ewing Irrigation Wins 2014 Rock Corporate Challenge

In 2005, Ewing Irrigation started sponsoring employees and their family members in P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon and Half Marathon to encourage greater health and wellness throughout the company. Team Ewing surpassed its goal to raise $25,000 for Autism Speaks this year, as team runners raised $30,000. Ewing donated an additional $20,000, for a total of $50,000 to Autism Speaks.

Excavating with New EDGE Backhoes and Buckets
CEAttachments added three new EDGE backhoes and five new backhoe buckets to its lineup of attachments for skid steer and track loaders. The backhoes and buckets provide the power to handle excavation jobs like digging utility trenches or septic tanks without bringing another large piece of equipment to a job site.

Remaining Green in Dry Heat

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First Editions(R) Hypericum Add Unique Color and Texture
Pumpkin (seen here) and White varieties join the line-up of First Editions(R) Hypericum at Bailey Nurseries.

The Meanings of Flowers

According to, 23,789,567 dozen roses are sold in the U.S. each year for Valentine's Day.

Ewing Becomes IA Platinum Member

The IA, an organization for irrigation companies and professionals, has announced Ewing as a platinum member.

Supplier Advisory Council Launched by PLANET

PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, has announced their new Supplier Advisory Council.

BIA Accepting Submissions for the Brick in Architecture Awards

The BIA, a nationally recognized organization that represents distributors of clay brick and suppliers of related products, has announced that they are now accepting submissions for the Brick in Architecture Awards.

2013 ASLA Class of Fellows from the Colorado Chapter
Jodie Petersen manages high-profile design projects of national and international prominence, such as the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania, and the first national park in Qatar. She has advanced the perception and visibility of the profession in general, particularly for public-sector landscape architects.

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