Things have gotten busy here at Tournesol Siteworks – busier than we’ve been used to for quite a while. The activity in the multi-family construction business, not to mention the acquisition of the assets of Vespro, has us looking for people to join our team!
We’re a close-knit group that takes care of our own, and those people who fit well tend to stay with us for a long time. If you relish the chance to make a difference in a business that is rapidly growing, take the time to review our job postings. We’re a dynamic organization, so you should be the kind of person that doesn’t mind constant change. We anticipate posting several more opportunities in the near future, so keep checking back!
Root Solutions barrier installed at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco
Seriously! We’ve acquired the assets of Vespro Inc. of Northern California, the manufacturer of Root Solutions root barrier. While many of our products are decorative (pots, planters, site furnishings), quite a few are more functional (container irrigation, planter liners, living wall systems). The root barrier product fits perfectly into the functional part of our line – a locally-manufactured product sold primarily to landscape contractors, by our existing distributors, and specified by our design partners.
VGM Living Wall at Fashion Valley Mall, 8 months after installation
If you read our blog occasionally, you know that we like to go back and look at projects once they are installed. We believe that a project is more than just the pretty picture taken immediately after install. Even when things go wrong (and they do, occasionally), we pride in making sure that we take care of the problems.
We’ve had our “new” website up for about the past year. One of the biggest benefits, both for our customers and for us, has been the self-serve access to our complete product information. In addition to guide specifications, product details sheets, and field manuals, we’ve uploaded our entire library of customer drawings and models. Up to this point, we offered Sketchup models (.skp), Autocad 2-D drawings (.dwg), and PDF (.pdf) drawings. The Sydney Bench shown above is a pretty typical offering of our Sketchup capabilities.
If you subscribe to either Architectural Products or Landscape Architecture magazine, you’ll see a new marketing campaign starting in the March/April issues. We’re calling it “You create the space. We’ll supply the tools” (for obvious reasons!). Continue reading
Flower Framer windowboxes at Elephant & Castle restaurant
It feels like an era is over at Tournesol Siteworks. We signed the paperwork on a deal with Viapul Corporation of Oakwood Village, OH (near Cleveland), selling them the assets of the Flower Framer product line. We purchased the product line in 2004 from the original owner and founder. The addition of windowboxes back then helped us grow rapidly through the mid-2000′s. As we’ve grown, however, our product line has continued to evolve toward commercial landscape products, and away from residential/retail. The windowbox product just doesn’t fit well in our sales channel anymore. Continue reading
During his visit with us at this year’s ASLA conference in Phoenix, we challenged David Shaw, the principal at Street & Garden Furniture of Brisbane, to get involved with a design competition in Boston that we had just heard about. Continue reading
We’re looking forward to the summit, which kicks off next week. It is an entire month of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and research papers on one of our favorite topics – living architecture! Think of it as a trade show, but without actually having to go anywhere to attend. Continue reading
2103 Commercial List Pricing
We’ve just released our 2013 Commercial List Pricing to kick off the year. The pricelist, now up to 40 pages (!), seems to grow every year. Just three years ago it was only 28 pages, up from 24 the year before. 2013 is printed in canary yellow. Those of you who have been with us a while know that we print a different color every year (last year was goldenrod, the year before salmon, and prior to that canary yellow, blue, green, pink, etc. etc.). By doing this our sales team can quickly recognize which price list you are working from by asking you the color. Continue reading
We were delighted to find out that our product was selected by a jury of architects, interior designers, and product specialists as one of Architectural Record’s products of the year. Not only that, but when we went to view the slide presentation, we saw that it had been named “top pick” in the furnishings group. This meant that of all the products submitted, we had made it to the final 5 – and that the group liked it better than everything else!! This is an extremely prestigious list, and we’re proud of the award.
The TWIG has been a best-selling product in Australia and throughout Europe. Now that Tournesol has brought it to the US, there’s no reason to think it isn’t going to do just as well here. Obviously, the Arch. Record jury agrees!
TWIG benches in the courtyard at Anna Head Housing, UC Berkeley
So far we have TWIG installions at UC Berkeley and American River College in Sacramento (both in California). Several other projects, including a Los Angeles retro-style office park, a residence hall at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and a public park in Rapid City, South Dakota are all underway. We’ll add pictures as we can.
Thanks again, McGraw-Hill and Architectural Record!!