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Esplanade Benches Rock Riverdale Park Station

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Tournesol Siteworks acquired FairWeather Site Furnishings, with a facility located in Port Orchard, WA, in January of 2017. With the acquisition comes new products and solutions that Tournesol can now provide. The Washington facility will be our base for metal and wood fabrication from here on out. As we’re getting to know FairWeather, we’re enjoying and sharing the stories of projects and installations. Here’s another great story to share.

Riverdale Park Station is a wonderful mixed-use community with something for everyone, from shopping and entertainment to amazing restaurants, offices, apartments and townhouses. It is an integral part of the Washington DC area, and is located close to public transportation and the University of Maryland College Park campus.

Landscape architects at Parker Rodriquez Inc., out of Alexandria, VA, chose FairWeather Esplanade Collection benches for the project. The have designed many successful projects using our furniture. The landscape architects realized that FairWeather’s capability of building curved benches was perfect for the project (shown in the two photos above). They wanted to curve the benches around a water feature section of the station plaza and the Esplanade Collection was the answer.

L.F. Jennings Inc., general contractor from Falls Church, Virginia, installed the custom, curved benches this spring (2017) which were powder coated in a custom color, semi-gloss, Off -White, and fabricated with 1/2″ solid round bar fully welded to specially designed brackets.

Another request of Parker Rodriquez was to have two custom swings hoisted and hung in between columns. The Esplanade hanging swings (seen in the photo above) were modified to the landscape architect’s specification and came out beautifully. The swings appear as a highlight at the end of the water feature walkway (shown above).

Along with the Esplanade Collection, L.F. Jennings installed custom wood benches atop concrete slab walls (shown above). The wood is 2″ x 4″ Ipe with detailed miter cuts at the corners for exact, framed corner connections (shown close-up below).

Ipe is a hardwood that works well for either interior or exterior use, and in this case, exterior benches that will hold up well in the winter weather as well.  The community at Riverdale Park Station has this lovely installation to enjoy for a long time to come.

Calvin Coolidge High School – the ASLA Legacy Project gets installed!

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The finished product with future meadow behind and elementary school across street - all photos courtesy of Hilary Oat-Judge of Oehme,van Sweden and Assocs.

You may recall a previous post that talked about this year’s ASLA Legacy Project, done in conjunction with the ACE mentor program at Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington DC. We donated several large aluminum Urban Collection square planters for use in the installation. The work has been installed over 2 weekends in November – from all reports it sounds like it has been a real success! Continue reading Calvin Coolidge High School – the ASLA Legacy Project gets installed!

Mixed Signals at the ASLA Conference in Washington, DC

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@ the ASLA Conference, Washington DC

We just finished another ASLA conference, this one in Washington, DC.  It was a year for truly mixed signals – at least from our perspective. We were really looking forward to this year’s conference. The Mid-Atlantic/Washington DC market has been a very good one for us, and we anticipated that there would be a lot of landscape architects there.  We feel like the worst of the construction recession is behind us, and expected that would be the case with the visitors to the show.

It didn’t really seem to be the case. We certainly can’t claim that our experience was the same as the other vendors at the show, or that we spoke to a representative sample of visitors. That being said, we’ve done an awful lot of these conferences over the years, and this one definitely had a “mediocre” feel to it.

We’ve pulled together a full laundry-list of observations after the jump…

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Calvin Coolidge High School, Washington DC – ASLA ’10 Legacy Project

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This year Tournesol Siteworks became involved for the first time with the ASLA Legacy Project following the recent ASLA conference in Washington DC.  We were asked by Hilary Oat-Judge of Washington DC landscape architects Oehme, Van Sweden & Assocs. to donate containers for this year’s project. As we got more involved, we found out what a great program this really is!  More after the break…

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Upcoming September Trade Shows – Calscape (San Diego) & ASLA (Washington DC)

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We’ve got several trade show/conferences coming up, and hope that you’ll be able to join us at one of them!

The Calscape show, put on by the Plantscape Industry Alliance, is taking place on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before Labor Day.  It promises to be a great event!  One highlight will be a field tour on Wednesday of Greenscaped Building/Good Earth Plants facility in San Diego. They have our TerraScreen® living wall indoors, a VGM® edible garden outdoors, and a VertiGreen® Hybrid as well.  They will have a broad spectrum of green roof and living wall technologies on display.

At the show we’ll be showing off the versatility of the TerraScreen® interior living walls on stands. This combination allows us to make a “mobile garden”, as one of our clients called it,  and really liberated the use of interior green walls.  We’ll also be showing off the newest 3rd generation VGM® module, VertiGreen® Hybrid, as well as our pots, planters, and irrigation.

The conference is being held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, located right downtown.  If you want to find out more about attending, call us for details!

The National Am. Soc. of Landscape Architects meeting will be taking place at the Washington, DC Convention Center from September 10-13.  We love the opportunity each year to connect with our landscape architectural clients, and this year is no exception. The location is central enough that anyone from the Mid-Atlantic seaboard should try to make it.

While in town, you should go by the United States Botanical Gardens (on the National Mall) and check out the VGM® modular living wall that they created. It is a great coincidence for us – last year we had just installed the Garfield Park Conservatory living wall in Chicago before the ASLA, and this year the US Botanical Gardens.  There is a very large living wall specified for an exciting new Sir Richard Rogers-designed project on New Jersey St., but that doesn’t appear to be going in until next spring.

We’re also working with the firm of Oehme Van Sweden on this year’s ASLA Legacy project, which will benefit Coolidge High School in Washington.  We’ll be donating several large containers to go at the entrance of the garden that they are creating at the school.  We’re always pleased to be associated with projects that expand the awareness  of landscapes and green building in schools.

If you are interested in getting a show-only day pass for the conference, give us a call at 800-542-2282. We still have a few passes left, and would be glad to see you at the show!

U.S. Botanic Gardens living wall demonstration, Washington DC

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VGM modular living wall at the Summer Terrace exhibit

We were fortunate to be able to work with the US Botanic Garden, located on the Capitol Mall in Washington, D.C., this year on their Summer Terrace exhibit.  One of the elements that they had planned for the project was to build the facade of a home, demonstrating the look of a living wall in a residential application.

More images after the break…

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