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From Puritans to Park Benches

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Tournesol Siteworks recently acquired FairWeather Site Furnishings, with a facility located in Port Orchard, WA. With the acquisition comes new products and installations from across the country that Tournesol can now provide. The Washington facility will be our base for metal and wood fabrication. We’re getting to know FairWeather and are thrilled to share the stories of their business ventures across the country. Here’s another story of how the site furnishings helped restore a community park.

Photo courtesy of Shadley Associates

Malden, MA, is a city which can be traced all the way back to the Puritans who settled on the land purchased in 1629 from the Native American Pennacook Tribe. Malden was the first town to petition the colonial government to withdraw from the British Empire, and became an incorporated city in 1882.

Today, Malden contains South Broadway Park, a recently renovated 5-acre park located on Maplewood Street on the city’s east side. The City and Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) brought public and private companies together in order to fund this multi-million dollar park improvement project.

Plaza Collection Benches – photo courtesy of Shadley Associates

At the early stages of the park design, landscape architects at Shadley Associates, out of Lexington, MA, chose FairWeather for the capability of the curved benches in the Plaza Collection (shown in the photo above). They wanted to curve the benches around sections of the park and the Plaza Collection was the answer. Four sets of custom, curved steel benches in powder coated Walnut Brown were installed by R.A.D. Sports, from of Rocklin, MA.

Photo courtesy of Shadley Associates

Later in the project, Shadley Associates also added multiple benches from the Esplanade Collection powder coated in Cardinal Red. The Esplanade benches are fabricated with 1/2″ solid round bar fully welded to specially designed brackets. The red color really pops and brings the park to life!

According to the city of Malden’s website, South Broadway Park was renamed “the Richard C. Howard Park in honor of the former Mayor whose leadership and many accomplishments has left a lasting footprint on the City of Malden.”

Custom Thermally-Modified Wood Benches in Cambridge

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Tournesol Siteworks‘ products have been specified as part of the renovation plan for the Sidney Research Campus, named by owner BioMed Realty Trust, in Cambridge, MA. The center is designed for smaller companies in the biotechnology industry, committed to the discovery and development of breakthrough small molecule drugs for serious diseases. The research center comprises three properties, one at 200 Sidney Street in the Fort Washington Research Center which we blogged in April 2016.

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Sidney Research Campus Entrance

Architects at Arrowstreet Architecture and Design of Boston, collaborated with general contractors from The Richmond Group, out of Hopkinton, MA, on the beautiful building entrance. Arrowstreet designed cool, custom wood benches over cast-in-place concrete and specified Tournesol Siteworks for the custom bench construction. For more info on the original blog, read here.

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Custom Wood Benches Designed by Arrowstreet

At the 40 Erie Street location of the research campus, landscape architects from CBA Landscape Architects out of Cambridge, MA, collaborated with Arrowstreet on custom benches. They specified our Boulevard thermally-modified wood on powder-coated steel furring strips; the dimensions of the Boulevard Wood were custom with varying lengths.

Our Boulevard Wood goes through a process which changes the chemical make-up and cell structure of the wood. The process creates lumber with exceptional resistance to rot, pest, and decay. Technically, it shares a 25-year preserved-wood-like durability level similar to South American hardwoods, but is ecologically-friendly. The thermal-modification process also prevents moisture absorption (which is great for Cambridge’s varying weather) and makes Boulevard wood resistant to warp, twist and other movement.

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40 Erie Street Custom Wood Benches

The units were assembled completely at the Tournesol Siteworks facility in Union City, and shipped ready to be installed on site. Landscape contractors from Brightview (formerly Valleycrest) of Boston installed the custom benches and they look amazing!

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Thermally Modified Wood at McMullen Museum of Art

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Have you ever seen a piece of art that stops you in your tracks? Sometimes a peaceful feeling washes over you, or maybe you’re drawn to a memory of another place or experience. Per Pablo Picasso, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life,” and I tend to agree. Speaking of art, the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College, houses amazing works of art and also offers distinctive exhibitions, gallery talks and other events which bring the public to the museum.

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McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College

Last fall, the McMullen Museum of Art moved to a new location on the university’s Brighton Campus located in the former residence of Boston’s Cardinal Archbishop. The building, originally designed by Boston architects Maginnis and Walsh, was built in 1927 in the Roman Renaissance Revival Style. Modern architects DiMella Shaffer Associates out of Boston, collaborated with landscape architects from Carol R. Johnson Associates (CRJA) on the redesign.

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Side Balcony

For the remodel, CRJA specified Tournesol Siteworks’ products for a beautiful new 7’W x 20’L balcony and a 1,400 sq.ft amenity deck. Consigli Construction Co., out of Milford, MA, completed the installation. CRJA specified our Boulevard Structural Wood Tiles along with our Sliding Wood Tile Fasteners to connect the tiles in place. The wood tiles are 24″ x 24″ and are produced from Boulevard thermally-modified wood which goes through a process that changes the chemical make-up and cell structure of the wood. The process creates lumber with exceptional resistance to rot, pest, and decay. Technically, it shares a 25-year preserved-wood-like durability level similar to South American hardwoods, but is ecologically-friendly.

The thermal-modification process also prevents moisture absorption (which is great for Boston’s winter weather) and makes Boulevard wood resistant to warp, twist and other movement. Over time, weathering will reveal the wood’s natural patina to a silver, grayish color.

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Amenity Deck

Along with our wood tiles, they selected our VersiJack support pedestals in various sizes. VersiJack are twist-to-adjust height pedestals, needed to accommodate this project for heights from 1-1/2″ up to 11″. The pedestals create a broad, stable base that can support more weight than any other pedestal system. Due to unevenness and slope of the deck base, they required our Platform Slope Correctors which can correct from 0% to 5% slope at 1% increments. Because this type of corrector sits on top of the pedestal, it is faster and easier to adjust to the correct slope, as well as being less expensive than a bottom slope corrector.

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VersiJack Adjustable Pedestals

This installation also required our low-raised decking product,  SpiraPave Adjustable Deck & Paver Support Jacks. This raised podium floor allows for rapid drainage, concealed services below, and reduced the installation cost compared to any other material.

We were excited to be part of the McMullen Museum of Art’s historic transformation and relocation – congratulations on their new digs!

The Town of Dedham – Plant, Preserve, Promote

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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

Lessons from Boston – and where’s our bench??

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Lessons from Boston

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The ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO is a highlight of Fall for us. We have the opportunity to introduce new products, reconnect with customers, business partners and friends. We knew that Boston would be a good one. We stayed in the Parker House hotel (home of Boston Cream Pie!), right on the Boston Commons. Sunday morning we were able to enjoy a delightful stroll around the public gardens – inspiring landscape architecture since 1837.

Some observations:

  • Most of our customer seemed upbeat. Designers in the west and east coasts seem busy, especially with multi-family residential and hospitality work. We heard grumbling that architects are still bidding their services low!
  • Lots of interesting new designs, lot of continued competition in our markets. Established players are introducing new looks at a brisk pace. There continue to be foreign manufacturers that see the U.S. market as a great opportunity. If the past is any judge, they may not stick around.
  • Greenroof and living wall, previously considered “experimental”, are now being looked at for more conventional applications. As comfort grows with the technology, more players seem to enter the market!
  • The most crowded place in the show was the bookstore – landscape architects have not abandoned tradional print media!! Continue reading Lessons from Boston – and where’s our bench??

First Look: VGM Living Wall at BISCO Irrigation, Dedham, MA

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image courtesy of BISCO irrigation

[UPDATE 5/18] The entire wall is up, and the Wilshire Box and VertiGreen 3D trellis is up next to it!  Looking good, and getting ready to host a seminar about it next month for Boston-area landscapers and designers…

Installation of a Tournesol VGM living wall at BISCO Irrigation, Dedham, MA

 

One of the advantages of working with irrigation distributors is that they really know how to set up an irrigation system. Tournesol Siteworks partner BISCO Irrigation (with locations throughout New England) installed several living wall systems at their Dedham, MA branch.  We took advantage of their work to document in this post how they set it up.

Dedham is located inland of Boston, and is a Zone 6B in the USDA Plant Hardiness Map.  They have selected the VGM-10 modules, with a full 8″ soil profile. They are also putting in several other Tournesol green wall options, including a Wilshire Box hanging planter and VertiGreen 3D trellis panel (you can see them to the right in the image above), and a VertiGreen Hybrid trellis panel. The irrigation system uses the Baseline 3200 controller from Baseline Systems, paired with a moisture sensor. Using the Baseline 2-wire system the whole thing can be remotely monitored for water use and soil moisture levels.

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New England Grows ’12 in Boston

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Tournesol Siteworks is at this year’s New England Grows in Boston again this year, exhibiting with our distributor partner Bisco Irrigation.

We’re showing off our entire range of products at the show, including planters, living wall and trellis products, as well as our newest additions, Deck & Paver Supports and Site Furnishings.  Come visit us during the show at Booth #2223, or see a few of the photos below for show highlights!

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Distrigas Vistor Center Roofdeck, Everett, MA

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Distrigas Visitor Center roofdeck, photos courtesy of Bisco Irrigation

Bobby Barbati of BISCO irrigation (our distribution partner in New England) sent through a few photos of a job that he worked on last year. The setting is a new 6000 sq. ft. visitor center at the Distrigas LNG terminal in Everett, MA.  The roofdeck was designed by Michael Radner of Radner Design Associates of Framingham, MA.

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Upcoming January Tradeshows Part 2 – New England Grows (Boston) and MidAm (Chicago)

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The MidAm trade show is the premier winter landscape show in the MidWest.  Held in Chicago at Navy Pier, it will take place Jan. 19-21.  We’ll be well represented this year at the booth of our local distributor-partner Midwest Trading, along with our local sales representative Brian Mitalo.  Midwest Trading will have a 4-module Tournesol VGM modular living wall on display (similar to the one at the Garfield Park Conservatory), as well as our FRP fiberglass containers and irrigation inserts.  They are in booth 1117 – it will be hard to miss, as they have one of the larger booths, together with their partner company Midwest Groundcover.

The New England Grows conference will be held on Feb. 2-4 at the Boston Exhibition and Convention Center. Our local distributor-partner, Bisco Irrigation, has become a valued resource for landscape contractors and designers using Tournesol Siteworks products in New England.  They will be in booth 2423.

They’ll have a wide variety of Tournesol products on hand, including our planters, irrigation, VGM modular living wall, VertiGreen Hybrid and VertiGreen trellis systems, and a recently added TerraScreen interior greenwall system. This is your opportunity to check out the products that you’ve seen in pictures, and ask questions of our sales representative Brian Mitalo.