Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2017

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Above McKay Landscape Light- ing, a contractor in Omaha, Nebraska, installed a series of low voltage LEDs at this residence. What made this project unique for McKay was the duration: instead of lighting as an afterthought, which is something they encounter regularly, they were able to work with the landscape and hardscape contractors during the three-month landscape installation to complete the lighting. In addition to the LEDs, three citronella-powered tiki torch lights (inset) were installed behind the deck chairs. Lighting designer A.J. Coleman described them as "a large path light" with a reservoir for the citronella. I In the early 2000s, the owner of a Nebras- ka residence hired McKay Landscape Light- ing to illuminate the front of their home. In the winter of 2015, that same homeowner contacted McKay to design and install the lighting for their backyard while their new outdoor living space was being built. "They contacted us about a backyard proj - ect they were doing. It started with a pool and it went from there," said A.J. Coleman, lighting designer for McKay. "We collabo - rated with the landscape contractor on this one." Coleman noted that the landscape and hardscape contractors were ones they had worked with before on multiple projects. "In our experience, over 25 years of busi - ness, we're typically an afterthought," Cole- man said. "But in this one, since we knew the landscaper and hardscape contractor re - ally well, they were always for- ward thinking for us." Working With the Landscape The installation took three months, in contrast to the lighting of most new landscape installations where it's one day and done. The length of the project is one aspect that made it difficult, while coor - dinating with the contractors was the other. The solution was communication, though that at times was difficult as well. "We had a pool contractor that had his own set of contractors and schedule, we had a landscaper we had to work with, we had a hardscape contractor we had to work with," said Coleman. "Coordinating all those things together and communicating that with the customer was a challenge." 28 LC DBM Contractor COORDINATION By Alli Rael, LC/DBM Installing Lighting While the Landscape Is Installed

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