Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

SEP 2018

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>> Anthony DeFranco is a landscaper and a li- censed professional engineer with a consulting prac- tice, and he receives phone calls on a daily basis for projects around Lake George. DeFranco Landscaping, along with DeFranco's consulting engineering busi - ness, were recently awarded the 2017 Irving Lang- muir Award by The Fund for Lake George, which is given for excellence in development and stewardship, recognizing DeFranco's dedication to protecting Lake George by implementing Low-Impact Development (LID) practices. He received a call in the summer of 2015 about renovating a heavily used and compacted lawn area into a landscaped outdoor wedding space on the grounds at Blue Water Manor Resort, which consists of six acres of forest area filled with restaurants, cot - tages, suites and cabins that overlook the lake. Their banquet facility room had been renovated in the winter of 2014, and they were now ready to draw more weddings to the property. John Kelly, the owner, was looking to create a des - tination wedding location. He had the view of the lake on the existing lakefront resort property and now needed to renovate it to meet modern wedding event standards. His biggest challenge was that his daughter, Shannon, was going to have the first out - door wedding on the new grounds in June of 2016. Kelly felt that having an event planned would help him and all parties involved keep to the deadline. He reached out to DeFranco Landscaping, Inc., about a year before his daughter's big day. The Plan The project required quite a bit of planning and de- sign as there were many moving parts. A portion of the restaurant was being renovated during the winter, and additional site improvements were being completed simultaneously. Anthony DeFranco and employee/de - signer Stu Mead were up for the challenge. DeFranco has a degree in civil and environmental engineering from Clarkson University as well as a Certified Nurs - ery & Landscape Professional license (CNLP) with the New York State Nursery & Landscape Association. Stu Mead is a landscape architect who has been working with DeFranco for 3 years. Much of the design work for the outdoor wed - ding area took place during the previous winter. The planning process started with determining the maxi - mum seating that would be required for a typical wedding function, while studies of typical wedding by Allie Lapporte, LC/DBM 8 LC DBM Above Located in the Adirondacks in New York, Lake George is one of the premier vaca - tion and celebration destinations in the northeastern part of the United States. DeFranco Land - scaping has made it even more fit for weddings thanks to a project that transformed a bare, unkempt deck into a scenic stage on which to say, "I do." Lakefront "I Do's" Creating a Wedding Venue Fit for the Queen of Lakes HARDSCAPES Continued on page 10

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