Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

AUG 2017

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40 LC DBM had to be used in some hardscaped areas because the standard mix was just not getting dry enough to set up due to of the high water table. The Cypress trees had to be acclimatized, as they are prone to mites and different diseases because of the humidity in Florida. About 200 were brought to an area nursery a year ahead of time. They lost some but the ones that survived are doing well. Even though Claassen's company has a gen - eral contractor's license, the G.C. on this project was Turner Construction. "That connection was a new one," he states. "And we got to develop it through this project and to this day I have a great relationship with a number of folks at Turner Construction and with Turner as a company." Claassen says he continues to get calls from managers at Turner. And following the Four Seasons project, worked on the Citrus Bowl renovation with the same team. The connection with Weller Pools was not new. Smith ex - plained that they had worked on a number of projects together. "They have contracted us and we have contracted them. We get along great." Claassen's advice to working with other contractors: "You are constantly trying to help them solve problems. No construction project ever goes off without issues. You try to be a partner – come with solutions." Networking is also very important. "We never take a relationship for granted," says Claassen. "There's always the ability to strengthen them. So even though we have a lot of name recognition and we are usually included in the bid solicitations, we spend a lot of time trying to foster relationships, and that is something I would continue to ad - vocate for." Obviously thriving and seemingly satisfied with where he's at, Claassen was asked if he ever misses his first career. "I'd be lying if I didn't say there were times that I do miss it. I enjoyed the opportunity to teach. I still have that passion and I use it in this job when we have mentoring opportunities and teachable moments." LC DBM Left In addition to the hardscapes, BrightView also installed the irrigation system, natural and artificial turf, and plantings, which included relocating trees from other areas of the property to give the development instant maturity. The heavy soils also required imported sandy backfill for the trees and certain beds. These Italian cypress trees were part of the almost 200 that, due to being prone to mites and different diseases because of the area's humidity, had to be brought to a nursery there a year ahead of time to be acclimatized. Below The general contractor did the initial grading but BrightView did the finish grading with a full-time crew using a John Deere compact track loader and a wheel loader to continu- ously get the ground ready ahead of the hardscaping crew. The braces for the palms, known as baton kits, are for establishment purposes. They stay on about a year. It is not a state regulation but rather a standard practice in the area though cables with turnbuckles are also starting to be used. Above Around this reflecting pool are more of the flagstones, which once again had varying depths because they were quarried. This created the challenge of getting these areas to be ADA compliant yet still aesthetically pleasing. To install them, the workers select the smooth- est side of a stone, then secure them with ½" to 1 ½" of wet mortar; a process referred to as "more of a masonry application as opposed to a paver application."

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