Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2017

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"The 12" by 12" name stones are reclaimed granite as well," he said. "They're actually steps that we cut up into 12" squares." The steps were selected because they have a flat face, and thus could be engraved with the names of each of the victims that were hung at the site. The engraving was done on site by Peter Rossi III of O'Rourke Bros. Memorials and ABS Sandblasting Co. In September, an additional engraving was done: "We Remem - ber" was carved into the granite curb of the tree bed. Stone dust, or decomposed granite, was chosen as the mate - rial for the plaza area. The site had a 24-inch elevation change from one end to the other, and, according to project landscape architect Martha Lyon, "the stone dust was more forgiving" to the non-level ground than a rigid paver would have been. "On the uphill side, we buried the seatwall on the outside but leveled off the surface on the inside," explained Byrne. "We did the reverse on the other side to get the project as level as we could." Closer to the wall, contained by a Brussels block border, a bed of river stone conceals the 2.5-watt lights that shine on each of the name stones. Knowing that lighting would be involved, conduits were installed before construction of the wall began. "They wanted the lighting to be very subtle because the me - morial is right in a neighborhood," Byrne stated. Building the memorial took about three months, wrapping up in time for a dedication ceremony held on July 19, 2017, the 325th anniversary of the hangings of five women falsely accused of being witches. "We had visitors who were descendants of the people that were hung and people from all over the country come and see this project," Byrne said. "The mayor spoke as well as some of the other dignitaries in the city and the landscape architect, Martha Lyon." "It's a historic site in Salem, and a lot of people go to Salem to see all the history of the witch trials," he continued. "All in all it was a fun project for us because I spent a lot of my childhood in that neighborhood, and the history is cool too." LC DBM 10 LC DBM Above The walls were built from reclaimed Cape Ann granite from a nearby bridge project. After picking up the blocks from the vendor, they were brought back to The Patio Company where they were cleaned up and "squared up to get them to fit together properly," according to Byrne. Left One unexpected problem encountered by the build team was the presence of a ledge, uncovered after the dirt and debris was removed from the site. "We drilled with pneumatic drills and a jack- hammer to split the ledge to remove it," explained Byrne. "The area wasn't going to be too conducive to a blast and to get a machine would be too expensive. We just took out what we needed by hand and then incorporated the rest of the ledge into the wall." Hardscapes continued from page 8

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