Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

AUG 2017

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Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain (LC/DBM) (ISSN 2150-9093), is published monthly by Landscape Communications, Inc. 14771 Plaza Drive, Suite A, Tustin, California, 92780 Phone: 714-979-5276; Fax: 714-434-3862. Online version (ISSN 2150-9170). Copyright 2017 by Landscape Communications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission. Periodicals postage paid at Tustin, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscription Inquiries: Send new or renewal notices or change of address (send both new and old addresses) to Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Subscriptions: Licensed Landscape Contractors free of charge. Others: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii & Canada, 12 issues, $34 .95, 24 issues, $55.00, Mexico: 12 issues, $65.00 per year. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting LC/DBM at or 714-979-5276 ext. 115. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. >> In April of 2017, Gachina Land- scape Management partnered with the International Facility Manage - ment Association Silicon Valley, and the Guidance, Resources, Opportuni - ties and Work Organization (GROW), to renovate the landscape for a non - profit and longtime partner, JobTrain, an organization that helps the needy reclaim their lives and pull themselves up from poverty and unemployment by preparing them for successful, sus - tainable careers in high-demand and emerging fields. The organization's main drive is to improve the lives of people in their community. They do this through as - sessment, attitude and job skills, and training and high potential job place - ment. Gachina has partnered with the organization on projects for over 25 years and has been involved in Re - building Together projects with IFMA SV since 2008. Prior to the renovations, the exist- ing plant material had been in place for over 10 years and needed to be replaced. Gachina employees and vol - unteers, 23 in total, removed all of the existing softscape and replaced it with drought-tolerant plant life. The team renovated both sides of the front entrance and entry pathway from the sidewalk to the facility. The new plants, donated and installed by the contractor, are water-wise and give the facility a fresh look while reduc - ing water consumption. The crew also adjusted the irrigation and added a layer of mulch to finish off the project. Other improvements to the nonprofit's facilities included minor construction, electrical, flooring and painting. In total, Gachina Landscape pro - vided all of the labor and materials for the renovation, a total valued at over $16,000. For more information visit . LC DBM If you have a project where landscape services were donated pro bono, you can submit your Off the Clock proposal to: or call Andrew Soto at (714) 979-5276 x116. Story Ideas? Above, Left: Gachina Landscape partnered with a trade association, a public charity and community volunteers to renovate the landscape for JobTrain, a Menlo Park, Calif., nonprofit offering education and job training to the needy. Twenty-three volunteers, crew and management-level employees removed all existing plant material and replaced them with drought-tolerant plants, adjusted the irrigation system as needed and top-dressed the appropri- ate areas with mulch. Above, Right: The late John P. Gachina, founder of Gachina Landscape, had a long relationship with JobTrain that continues to this day. He partnered with them for over two decades, helping sponsor many events through- out the years. All labor, materials (plant, mulch, irrigation parts) and equipment to perform this renovation, were provided free of charge by his company. Lending A Helping Hand By Andrew Soto, LC/DBM 70 LC DBM OFF THE CLOCK

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