Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

AUG 2017

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38 LC DBM erything we offer as a service was in that one project: pavers, hardscape, irrigation, trees and shrubs, grade work, drain work and precast work." The personnel lineup also consisted of an engineer, a landscaping crew of about 15, an irrigation crew about the same size, a hardscape crew of around 25 and a crew to grade the site ahead of the others. Staffing got beefed up as it got closer to the deadline. In the beginning, Claassen was on site once a week. "Later on as it got more critical, I was there twice, maybe even three times a week for whatever length of time that was needed. Sometimes just to oversee progress and other times to be part of the problem-solving team." As for the challenges, Claassen admits, "There were many. Like most construc - tion projects, the schedule posed a signifi- cant challenge. And since landscaping is at the end of the project, there is usually not that much time left in the schedule and that's when there seems to be a lot of urgency." "We had to have real tight coordina - tion with the other trades," says Smith. "Down to almost the hour, we made sure that everyone knew what the others were doing so we didn't miss any opportuni - ties. There were instances where four or five trades would touch a single piece." Brightview actually had the landscape architect, Rob Hutcheson from EDSA Inc., take up residence in their construc - tion trailer and that helped them solve a lot of problems because there was a very easy flow of info back and forth. "We were looking at the same sets of plans; he was hearing the same conversa - tions," Smith remembers. "It was a real good partnership – pulling in the same di - rection because you are housed together. I would love to do it again in the future." The soil was heavy and didn't drain well so it needed mitigation. They initial - ly talked of doing a whole sand cap but it was extremely expensive. Instead, sandy soil was brought in to backfill certain beds. And a special mix of polymeric sand Left Besides the requirement of proficient coordination by the various entities, such as happened here where the concrete seat- walls were poured in place by one compa- ny, and then precast cladding was applied to them by BrightView workers with the help of another company, Claassen stressed the importance of continually develop- ing working relationships. They had not collaborated with the general contractor, Turner Construction, before, but based on the strength of this experience the two companies have since worked together on another high-profile project. BrightView installed these walkways themselves using random-cut flagstone on a poured concrete sub-slab. Mortar was used to attach them to the slab and to level the stones, which were uneven heights, and then grout was put between them. The edging was rectangular-cut flagstone. Left The driveway of the front entrance area has 4"-thick, vehicular Oldcastle pavers in a random-cut pattern. The precast curbing, which sits about 6" above grade, has a chiseled finish to emulate granite. In the top right corner of this photo, the pathway is white Portland concrete, which is more expensive than gray Portland concrete but allows for a truer, brighter color when combined with dyes, as was the mix used here. It was then given a rock salt finish, in which the concrete is poured and flowed, and allowed to set up a little bit. Then rock salt in various sizes of granularities is tamped with trowels into its surface. In two to three days the salt dissolves, which creates voids. Claassen describes it as a "fairly inexpensive way of making standard concrete look more architectural." Bands and larger areas of pavers in between the concrete portions were meant to give the walkways more formality. The island in the middle of the driveway with jeweled date palms has natural turf intersected with precast pavers.

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