Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

AUG 2017

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Above There are three swimming pools at the resort, all installed by Weller Pools. Effective cooperation between sub- contractors was a big key to finishing in time for the scheduled opening, which could not be changed. For this pool, known as the Ruinous Mansion, the deck, curbing and coping are precast pavers from a local supplier. Claassen described the installa- tion as a random ashlar pattern: an intricate layout of pavers in various sizes. The base for the field was 6" of aggregate and 1" of concrete fines – a byproduct of concrete demolition that is similar to sand. However, the edge pavers, which are all 12"x12", are mortar-set on a concrete curb to lock the field pavers in place. Top According to BrightView project manager Craig Smith, heavy soils that were poorly draining played havoc with the polymeric sand joint material, which has to be wetted to set up, then needs to dry to harden. But in certain areas, the high water table never allowed the sand to dry, causing pieces to fall out. To solve the problem, Techniseal came up with a special mix with a higher polymer content that "ended up working quite a bit better." August 2017 37 mating for much of the Southeast and the Caribbean. Claassen now supervises the Orlando branch of BrightView Landscape Development; managing over 200 field workers and about 20 in the office. He was just transitioning from chief estimator to his new job when a big opportunity presented itself to the company. For the first time ever, the Walt Disney Company sold land inside the gates of Walt Disney World where a world class resort was planned: the Four Seasons Orlando. BrightView was one of the bidders. As Clasassen recalls, "Like most projects, the initial estimate came in higher than the owners' budget." His team, which included project manager Craig Smith and su - perintendent Brian Frank, along with the architectural team, came up with "value-engineering ideas to minimize costs while maintain - ing the critical elements of the design. It was likely a year's time- frame from the start of the budgeting process to the point where we landed the contract within budget." Then over the course of a year, Claassen's team installed all of the horizontal hardscapes, and much more, at the newly-built resort. "I hadn't experienced a project quite like that before because it involved so many scopes of work for us," Smith says. "Probably ev -

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