Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2017

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>> In 2016, a team of researchers confirmed what had been suspected since the early 1900s: a vacant lot in a quiet neighborhood was the site where 19 victims of the Salem Witch Trials were hung in 1692. (Five other victims died in prison, and one was crushed to death by rocks.) In response to this discovery, the city of Salem, Massachusetts, asked contractors to bid on the building of a memorial designed by Martha Lyon Landscape Architects. After filling out the ap - propriate forms and getting the plans, a process that took about two weeks, The Patio Company was selected as the contractor for the Proctor's Ledge Memorial. John Byrne from The Patio Company was part of a group of four that first cleared the vacant lot of tree stumps, trash and debris in order to pre - pare the site. They used an excavator and skid steer to clear and level the site, and a pneumatic drill to break apart the ledge that had been hid - den beneath the debris. "The entire project was reclaimed Cape Ann granite," said Byrne, whose team had to clean up the blocks to make them square enough for the site. "We cut the pieces and fabricated the wall." Above Given the memorial's location in a residential neighborhood, the lighting for the site had to be subtle and unobtrusive to the neighbors. Each victim is rep- resented by a plaque with their name carved into it, and each plaque has a single 2.5-watt, 107 lumen 'Mozart' light shining on it. Lighting designer Eric Mitchell from Northeast Lighting Supply, a division of Northeast Nursery, explained that the lighting selection "gave the memorial a cohesive look." Proctor's Ledge Memorial by Alli Rael, LC/DBM 8 LC DBM Top In Salem, Massachusetts, a memorial was erected to commemorate 19 victims of the Salem Witch Trials in the place where they were hung. The memorial, de- signed by landscape architect Martha Lyon, was built by a team of four led by John Byrne of The Patio Company, an Essex, Massachusetts, based landscape and hard- scape contractor. One of the biggest challenges they encountered was the slope: the site has a grade change of 24 inches from one end to the other. However, the paved space within the granite walls is level decomposed granite. The blocks used to build the wall on the uphill side double as retaining walls for the hillside. HARDSCAPES Continued on page 10

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