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Dolby Labs – why good project management counts…

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When Dolby Laboratories (the brilliant company behind Dolby Sound that you see at movies and on consumer electronics) wanted to spruce up the 16-story older building that they purchased in the up and coming Mid-Market area of San Francisco (just two doors down from Twitter), they turned to Gensler Associates in San Francisco.

The building had a number of large terraces that were neglected and unused by the previous tenant. Gensler wanted to create usable, elegant space for Dolby. To keep the occupants away from the railings, they designed a series of planters that would border the perimeter. Additionally, on the top deck a series of window-washing davits needed to be hidden with matching covers. Gensler, and Dolby’s general contractor DPR Construction, turned to Tournesol Siteworks to work through the complicated installation.

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It was an enormously complicated project. There was a significant amount of coordination that had to be done between Tournesol Siteworks’ project management team, Gensler, and DPR. Tournesol worked from the architect’s initial concepts to create products that could be manufactured off common tooling wherever possible. There were more than 200 custom planters required, each of which needed to be ready as the project was completed floor by floor. Scheduling and prioritization were critical. When the project ran behind and the floors began to be occupied, certain floors could only be installed on weekends.

A 30″w pad was poured at the edge of each deck to support the planters. The planters were sized precisely to fall at the railing mullions. The color of the pots was matched to the color of the mullion, and took 6  attempts to finally land on a color that all approved.  30″square concrete pavers on adjustable pedestals fell along the same lines to complete the look. “Inner” and “Outer” corner planters had an unusual shape to accommodate mechanical fixtures at each level.
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Each Wilshire Collection style planter was fitted with our CWM Modular container irrigation system. The planters were installed without holes, with our DR drainage pump-out system. In San Francisco they don’t worry about rain and drainage in the Summer, and with recent conditions, they might not need to in the winters either!
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On a massive project like this, it was inevitable that a few complications arose. An initial drawing by the architect had a length transposed, which wasn’t caught by the installing sub-contractor during field verification. The already completed units were returned to Tournesol’s facility, and adjusted their sizes to fit – then changed the tool for the other similar units (no mean feat based upon the critical schedule). There were also some pots that were scratched during installation, which required some touch up after everything was done – not bad for over 200 containers! Find out how Tournesol Siteworks’ project management team can help you with your next challenge!

The Town of Dedham – Plant, Preserve, Promote

Dedham, originally called Contentment, was founded in 1635, when the General Court granted land south of the Charles River to twelve men. The fertile grassy meadows of the Charles River provided an ideal spot for the new settlement of Contentment, now Dedham.”  Today it continues to grow thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers known as The Friends of Dedham Civic Pride.

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This non-profit group is “dedicated to improving the overall physical and aesthetic appearance of Dedham.” This years’ projects include sidewalk and traffic landscaping, sidewalk curb appearance and durability, addition of new bicycle racks and a tree planting and parks improvement program.

John Haven, a town resident and a landscape architect with Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture, stepped up to help Dedham Civic Pride with these major improvements. In a volunteer role with the organization, they worked closely with local boards, agencies and civic organization to develop, plan and implement the landscaping projects.

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Thank you, John, for including Tournesol Siteworks in the plan! Throughout town a variety of our Downtown collection pots were used including 24″ and 36″ Rounds and 36″ Bowls. Shark color was specified in a P1 texture. This lightly sanded finish helps the planters stand up to pedestrian traffic. It is less likely to show scuff and dirt marks which keeps down maintenance labor and cost. Each of the planters also includes a CWM Modular container irrigation system that has helped keep the new plants healthy and thriving in the recent Boston heatwave. Our irrigation systems are available for any pot size, and, again, help keep down maintenance and water costs by providing more efficient watering.

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The City of Dedham is just finishing up a 3 year, 6 million dollar streets cape renovation, and the last thing missing were planters and site furnishings. Our planters proved to be just the right scale for the project. Thanks to LeBlanc Landscape Archtiecture for recommending us partly based on their firm’s past experience with Tournesol Siteworks on other commercial projects.

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Congratulations to Dedham Civic Pride on completion of a great project and special thanks goes out to those involved in the “planter project:”

Dedham Square Circle– Amy Haelsen
Dedham Civic Pride– Sue Hicks and Amy Black
Town of Dedham– Jason Mammone and Joe Flanagan

Gables Uptown Trail, Dallas, TX

Downtown Collection Planters at the Gables Uptown Trail complex, Dallas - photos courtesy of Ewing Irrigation

Downtown Collection Planters at the Gables Uptown Trail apartment complex, Dallas – photos courtesy of Ewing Irrigation

The Downtown Collection is officially the hottest shape of the season. Just based upon  recent installations (the Westport Plaza in St. Louis) and one soon to come (the City of Norwalk, CT), we’re having trouble keeping them in stock!!

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IMT Sherman Village Apartments, Valley Village, CA

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Urban Collection planters at the IMT Sherman Village Apartments

IMT Residential is a leading nationwide apartment operator with a portfolio that extends throughout California, Arizona, Texas, and Florida. Their most recent project is located at 12729 Riverside Dr. in Valley Village, CA, well located between Studio City, Toluca Lake and Sherman Oaks. We were pleased to provide the containers and irrigation for the job.

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Grand Hyatt Entrance Renovation, San Francisco, CA

The new entrance to the Grand Hyatt, San Francisco

If you know San Francisco, you probably know the Grand Hyatt. Less than a block off Union Square, its enterance sits right on Stockton St. This large facility seems to host a never-ending chain of conferences, events, and important guests. The entry has always been somewhat “quirky”. The side-slope hill and assymmetric entrance to the right was originally designed with a set of steps leading to nowhere (see photo below).

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Patio Garden at the Swedish Medical Center – Seattle

Wilshire Collection rectangles and VertiGreen trellis at the MS Center, Swedish Medical Center Cherry Hil

We published a post a few months ago regarding the interior living wall that was installed at the Swedish Medical Center in Cherry Hill, WA. While an impressive project on its own, it was only a portion of a larger installation. Designed by Callison Architecture and installed by The Interior Foliage Company, this outdoor garden is immediately outside of the elevator lobby that holds the living wall. We’re especially proud of this project, as it shows how Tournesol Siteworks products can provide a wide range of products for a patio garden. Our design customization was critical to the success of the job. Read more >>

Gorgeous Residential Terrace – Chicago

The photo used for the cover of our upcoming catalog

We furnished pots and irrigation systems for this spectacular Chicago high-rise terrace midway though 2008. At the time, the homeowner became aware of our products through a commercial renovation that they were part of. When it came time to outfit their patio, they had their landscape contractor come to us. Read more >>

City College of San Francisco – Chinatown/North Beach Campus

The new Chinatown/North Beach campus building of the City College of San Francisco

In the middle of 2009, we were approached by EHDD Architecture of San Francisco, who were in the process of designing the new Chinatown/North Beach campus of the City College of San Francisco.  They asked if we would be interested in fabricating custom Wilshire Collection rectangles with integrated bench seating for the terrace of the new building. It was the first time that we’d been approached to do this, so we knew it would be a challenge for us. But, it was a major new construction project, in a time when there weren’t many around – of course we’d be interested! Read more >>

Travois Holdings, Kansas City, MO

The new landscaping at Travois Holding, Kansas City, MO.Images courtesy of Farthingale Ornamental, Kansas City

Don Hellstern at Farthingale Ornamental Stone was kind enough to send through images from another project that they just worked on in Kansas City, MO. Travois Holdings is the leading housing and economic development financing firm in Indian Country. They have provided over $400M in private equity financing through Low Income Housing Tax Credits, which have helped their tribal clients build or renovate over 4,000 houses. They just completed landscaping the front of their office, and made extensive use of Tournesol Siteworks irrigation throughout.

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