Field Notes

A Look At Picture-Perfect Landscapes

Picture Perfect Landscapes – learning, practicing and mastering the art of landscaping, by Jim Teske, contains 315 pages of landscape architecture photos and advice from landscape architect Teske. It is available for $62.95 (soft cover) or $73.95 (hard cover) at .

Brock Earns Environmental Certification

Brock International, maker of performance base systems for synthetic turf, is the first company in the industry to have a Cradle to Cradle Certified product. The designation is administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, which evaluates products and materials for their impact on human health, environmental health and design for future life cycles.

The certification is for Brock’s PowerBase, an interlocking panel system of food-grade, 100-percent pure polypropylene, known for its longevity and environmental safety. The panels can be easily removed, cleaned and reused. They also can be easily recycled and remade into new Brock panels. For more information, visit .

Bulbrite Launches Online LED Resource Center

Bulbrite, manufacturer and supplier of energy-efficient light source solutions, has created an online LED Resource Center ( to help lighting professionals select the right LED light source for their needs. Bulbrite partnered with the Department of Energy's Lighting Facts Program and the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Program to promote the advancement of LED technology within the lighting community. The resource center is divided into four sections: Compatibility Information; Lighting Facts; Energy Star; and LED Products.

Landscape Structures Opens Concrete Operations Facility

Landscape Structures Inc., a Delano, Minn.-based commercial playground equipment manufacturer, has unveiled a new facility devoted to the design and manufacturing of playground elements made of precast concrete and glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC).

The 30,000-square-foot facility will enable Landscape Structures to bring any playground theme or idea to life--from climbable animals and tree houses to sensory walls and climbing boulders. Moreover, it will sustainably manufacture these elements in a controlled environment where specified levels of temperature and humidity will enable the concrete creations to properly cure for durability. For more information, contact

Design Enhances Long Island University Athletic Fields

Long Island University’s new multi-sport space at its downtown Brooklyn campus incorporates turf infields to allow for shared use by its softball, baseball, soccer and lacrosse teams. The Cannon Design solution allows the sports fields to overlap each other within the tight constraints of the university’s athletic complex.

Previously, LIU’s athletic and recreation field had been limited due to being both confined in an urban block and surrounded by major streets, a dormitory and an indoor recreation and athletic center. The space was deemed unsafe for students and athletes and unsuitable for Northeast Conference postseason play. The new design recognizes the space premium and offers a field that eliminates these concerns.

Later phases of the renovation effort will include an expansion of campus boundaries around the field, improved lighting and enhanced fan amenities.


Recruits And Ladders

Irrigation Standard Committee Chairs Named

The International Code Council has launched an effort to develop the first ANSI consensus standard for landscape irrigation sprinklers. The committee’s chairman is Timothy Malooly, owner of Water in Motion, an irrigation design, consulting and water management firm in Minneapolis, Minn. Vice Chairman is Brent Mecham, the Irrigation Association Industry development director in Falls Church, Va. For more information about the committee and its work, go to .

Kurt Chirbas Earns CPESC

Profile Products LLC has announced that Kurt Chirbas, Western manager market development, was recently designated as a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC). Chirbas, also a registered Professional Engineer (PE), is based in Sacramento, Calif., and joined Profile in 2008.

The CPESC designation recognizes expert knowledge in the principles, practices and legislation of erosion and sediment control. CPESC activities include the development and review of Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans, Erosion and Sediment Control plans, installation of erosion and sediment control practices and other related activities, such as assisting regulators and educating the public.

Chris Pico Joins LumenOptix

Retrofit-luminaire company LumenOptix has hired Chris Pico as Supply Chain Director. Prior to joining LumenOptix, Pico’s 16-year career included senior positions in operations and supply chain management with Lutron Electronics and Ford Motor Company/Visteon Electronics.

Pico is already known within the lighting industry for implementing best practices in all facets of production, inventory management, purchasing and process engineering. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.

Barenburg Hires Forage Product Manager

Barenbrug USA, which provides turf and forage seed, has hired Peter Ballerstedt as its forage product manager.

Ballerstedt joins the Barenbrug USA team with a background in crop science and forage management. Ballerstedt, who got his BS in Agriculture and Masters in Crop Science (both from the University of Georgia), received his Ph. D. in Forage Management and Utilization from the University of Kentucky. He has written numerous publications and articles and currently writes a blog focused on diet, health and human nutrition called “Grass Based Health,” which can be found at .


AZEK Building Products Inc. recently purchased an interest in VAST Enterprises LLC. The agreement opens the door for AZEK to make products from VAST, a materials science research and manufacturing company that patented Composite Masonry, available to AZEK’s exterior product distribution network.

AZEK and VAST will collaborate on sales and marketing initiatives to drive brand awareness among architects and contractors. For more information, visit AZEK Building Products' website at To learn more about VAST Enterprises, visit .


Profile Products LLC has changed its master brand to better represent its evolving business. The updated logo with the new tagline “Solutions for your Environment” reflects the company’s stronger emphasis on environmental stewardship and the resulting changes in product design and purpose of use. The company website,, has also been redesigned.



To whom it may concern –

There was an article in the magazine that I just received about natural turf vs. synthetic turf (Sept/Oct.). I wanted to send a note the author. Her name is Mary Helen Sprecher, and (I wanted to) let her know it was an excellent article. Our firm provides the services she spoke about, and educating the owners of the pros and cons can sometimes be a tough task.

Tim Riordan, P.E.

AMT Engineering

Word On The Web

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Coleman Design Group (@CDGLA) writes: “A really great new magazine for Landscape Architects! + they let me write a column for them which is pretty neat too!”

From Facebook:

Daniel R. Erlandson writes: “Got new issue today in mail – nice!”

From the Landscape Architect Business website:

On our online article “No-Fuss Landscaping”--“The major factor in garden landscaping is that the ecology of the site also should be analyzed with care, since it is vital in determining the design. The second thing to consider is observing and analyzing the lifestyle of the people who will be using the space. This will include their desires and how much space each of their activities requires. You shared good stuff to enhance the knowledge about garden landscaping.” – Garden Design Sydney

On our September/October Project Profile, “Tucked Away” – “Nice quaint, functional outdoor space. The fireplace will really come in handy on those chilly fall nights, making this a great three-season area to enjoy.” – Lisa Beaulieu

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