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Roof Deck Planters with Cast-in Accessory Pockets

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Many commercial, retail and even residential building owners in San Francisco are desiring rooftop decks and amenity spaces. The roof deck rage may be attributed to a brilliant use of space (which is a luxury in SF), possible city views, and the social aspect. Developers at DDG Partners agree with the modern inspiration of the roof deck and have collaborated with Marta Fry Landscape Associates (MFLA) on a few projects in recent years. Marta Fry has specified Tournesol Siteworks products on these projects – located at 8 Octavia St., 400 Grove St. and another at 450 Hayes St. in SF.

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450 Hayes St., SF; Photo courtesy of DDG Partners

Hayes St. is situated in Hayes Valley, a small, popular neighborhood in San Francisco styled with modern eateries, dog parks, and hip shopping boutiques. We’re highlighting the project at 450 Hayes to present our Cast-In Accessory Pockets, one of our Planter Options.

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Wilshire Collection rectangular planters on 450 Hayes St. roof deck

While designing the landscape of the rooftop of this luxury condominium complex, MFLA wanted to include lighting accessories inside planters but was uninterested in the look of the standard cast-in concrete pockets available. Knowing our Cast-In Accessory Pocket capabilities, MFLA specified our planters for the project due to the success of previous installations.

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Exterior accessory housing

MFLA collaborated with landscape contractors from Native Sons Landscaping, out of San Ramon, who completed the installation. Tournesol Siteworks customized the Wilshire Collection planters with pockets to hold lighting/electrical boxes since MFLA wanted the lighting to be hidden – our accessory pockets were a great solution.

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Prior to the installation, our engineers required the housing (back) of the lighting fixture/electrical outlet, so they could obtain the exact measurement of the cast-in pocket size required. MFLA requested specific placement of the pockets (on either long edge or short edge of the rectangle), by determining the height of the pocket from the planter sides as well as the top and bottom of the planter. A total of 48 planters were made of FRP Fiberglass,  in a smooth T-0 texture and in one of our standard colors “Puddle.” Each planter measured 96″L x 30″W x 30″H, and was fitted with light pockets per specifications.

This is an outstanding roof deck installation and is widely used by the condominium tenants for a smart, social gathering place.

 

Yes, Yesler Terrace, on Your Way

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Seattle is an amazing city!  One part of Seattle’s downtown community is Yesler Terrace, originally built in 1941 as the city’s first subsidized housing area. It is centrally located close to jobs and transit options, and holds beautiful views of Mt. Rainier and downtown. Originally built as a low-income area, it’s newly being redeveloped into a mixed-income neighborhood.

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Raven Terrace is an 83 unit multi-family residential community designed by Weber Thompson, Architecture and Landscape Architecture firm, and built by Walsh Construction Company. It was completed in Dec. ’15 and unveiled this month (Feb. ’16). Weber Thompson specified four of Tournesol Siteworks’ highly-configurable TWIG benches and a slew of our Wilshire Collection rectangular and squares planters.

The installation our Tournesol’s material was handled by Cerna Landscape Inc., landscape contractors out of Renton, WA. Eight of our rectangular Wilshire lightweight concrete pots were custom ordered in sizes to fit exactly where desired, in the Sandblast texture and Shadow color. A few more of the square Wilshire planters were specified in the custom color “Amber Wave,” (the lighter tan color shown below), and were manufactured in FRP fiberglass with a smooth T-0 texture. The last few pots were FRP with T-0  in the color Puddle, including the 60″ round planter holding a tree within a larger planter area.

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Four of our GFRC concrete TWIG benches were installed as a focal point in the center area. The TWIG benches are a modular seating system, with each bench holding up to five people. The inclusion of our TWIG benches allows the neighbors the opportunity to stop and chat.

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The Yesler Terrace is an exciting, on-going project for Seattle (and especially for us) which may take quite a few years to complete, but it’s well on its way!

A refresh for the Towers

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The Pasadena Towers are twin nine-story buildings offering 477,000 square feet of office space. Its Beaux-Artes architecture, copper mansard roofs and hand-painted murals make this an exceptionally unique property located in the heart of Pasadena’s financial district.

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Recently, the property owners asked the property management team, Jones Lang Lasalle, to update this premier facility. JLL contacted Melendrez, a Los Angeles -based landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm, to create the new vision. With the assistance of  Enzo Caserta Landscaping and Tournesol Siteworks, they have done a masterful job creating a very modern work space.  The project is such a showpiece for us we’ve featured much of it in our newest catalog.

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Melendrez used a nice blend of our Wilshire Rectangles in metal-infused aged Bronze and the Downtown Collection in smoke and colonial. The Downtown Collection was a great choice as the combination of conventional tall rounds paired with low bowls allowed for a variety of plants and looks in different spots through the project.

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Further in the instillation, our new Aquarian pots, in a Royalty finish added a unique vertical color splash in selected locations.  All the pots were sealed and water-tight, with our DR pump-out draingage system and the manual fill CWM sub-irrigation. This keeps the area around the pots clean. Our irrigation products contribute to water conservation, labor efficiency and healthier plants. The tall Aquarian planters in conjunction with the elegant straight walls of the Wilshire rectangles make a strong statement.

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Projects as extensive as this don’t always go in without some complications, and this one was no exception. We had several issues, mostly with waterproofing that failed shortly after installation. We appreciate the coordination of Enzo Caserta’s team, and the property manager Jones Lang Lasalle in allowing us to work out the problems. We’re the first ones to admit that not everything goes in as planned – but that we’ll be there to make sure that it’s right by the customer in the end!

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 All in all, we are thrilled to be part of this rejuvenation of a premium office space and a chance to showcase the pots, planters and irrigation that Tournesol Siteworks has been producing for 35 years.

 

University Gateway Custom Planters, Los Angeles

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When landscape architect Melendrez Assocs. was working on the planters for this student housing project on the Univ. of Southern California campus in Los Angeles, they had originally envisioned 24′ long, galvanized steel troughs.  While that may have seemed like an inexpensive solution, the custom fabricating cost, durability, and long-term maintenance made the planters relatively expensive.

Tournesol Siteworks was brought in to look at the job, and was able to provide a lower-cost, more reliable solution by creating custom fiberglass planters with an “unbuffed” aluminum finish. It looks and feels like metal, but doesn’t have the shine of the finished aluminum product.  More pictures after the break…

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