The first few months of 2014 have found us involved in quite a few conferences, workshops, training and sales meetings. It’s great to be out contributing to these events. Our business, and just as importantly, our industry benefits from these valuable partnerships.
Our year always starts off in Boston. Regional Sales Representative Brian Mitalo braved the polar vortex to attend New England Grows in collaborations with our local partner BISCO . It’s a great event that always sets the tone for the year. Not only do we get the chance to educate the local landscape community about what’s new, we also get to check the pulse on the New England market – find out who’s doing what! With heavy snow on day one, most contractors were out plowing – but day two turned out great. Boston is excited for our new Boulevard Wood Tiles !
We were graciously invited again this year to our long-time distribution partner Ewing Irrigationfor their Employee Development Leadership Conference. This year they made it a trade show format, and close to 40 vendors attended this continuing education program for their staff. It was a great opportunity to share our new VGP tray-based living wall system and Root Solutions root barrier product with them. It was quite an event – they made sure each person visted every booth (over 300 people in all).
Just last week we were invited by Valleycrest Landcape Development , one of the largest landscape companies in the world, to present at their Chief Estimator’s Summit. We were in exclusive company – one of just a few companies invited. While we always enjoy sharing our products and experience, this was a great learning experience for us as well. Regional Sales Representative Jon Willingham and Chris Lyon were able to spend time and get the unique perspective that they have to the market.
Speaking of partnerships, we’ve had a great one going over the years with Brigham Young University . For almost 20 years, we have worked with Bruce Maw, the Landscape Architect for the university, on major projects and architectural revisions to their magnificent campus in the Utah Valley. With nearly 640 acres under his purview, he has the drive to create unique spaces throughout the campus, and we are honored to be able to help him achieve his vision.
During a recent visit to the campus, we noticed that our Craftsman Collection were used in their new visitors center. The metal infused, “hand-hammered” copper mimics the intent of arts-and-craft master, Dirk van Erp, on whose work the collection was based. Prior to this installation, our aluminum metal-infused Wilshire planters were used at the expansion of the Marriott School of Management building.
Next up is the new Life Sciences building. Tournesol Siteworks will be providing a number of planters to be used on the rooftop level. The $950-million dollar project is due to open in the fall of 2014, and will represent a new anchor to southern end of the campus with 265,000 feet of classroom, state-of-the-art lab facilities, auditorium and atrium. We’ve worked with Bruce and his staff for a long time, and we’re always excited when an opportunity like this happens on campus.
Our 2014 Lookbook & Catalog dropped on Feb 12. Not to be missed is one of our favorite fresh items - The Harlie Collection planter. Sticking with our theme of partnerships, this planter comes to us by way of our new collaboration with Australian designer, Luxxbox . This faceted shape draws on gemology and mathematical principles with a playful edge.
Altogether, the catalog features over 20 new products and all our product categories – Site Furnishings, Pots & Planters, Deck & Paver Supports, Green Walls & Roofs, Container Irrigation and Root Control & Drainage. You also find technical information, complete product listings, material finishes and gorgeous installation images. If you missed out on receiving one, please send us an firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternately, you can download a copy tournesolsiteworks.com/uploads/cmsfiles/Tournesol_Siteworks_2014.pdf .
In addition, we encourage you to look for our ad placements with media partners, Landscape Architecture and Architectural Record . Each month we highlight a unique product, and invite you to “explore your options” with Tournesol Siteworks.