Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

SEP 2018

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10 LC DBM Hardscapes continued from page 8 ceremony layouts determined the loca- tions of the hardscape features – path- ways and a wedding pavilion. The existing lawn area had signs of overuse and lacked properly coordinated pathways. There were a few chairs to take in the view, a few picnic tables and a pi - rate ship playground that were the focal point of the area and were screaming for a makeover. Judging from how little grass was left and how heavily compacted it was from foot traffic, the space appeared to get frequent usage from pedestrians. The proposed concrete paver pathways would help pedestrian's make their way to activities and scenic spots all over the resort without wearing down any grassy patches. The main pathway would also provide golf cart access for all of the neighboring summer residents. This flat lawn area was now going to be the focal point of the entire property. The proposed pathways had two functions – to accommodate golf cart traffic as well as serve as the processional aisle for the outdoor wedding area. Putting It Together Kelly's nephew constructed the timber wedding pergola and the many unique wooden railings found on the pavilion. DeFranco's crew of 4 men built the seg - mental retaining walls and elevated pav- er patio area, while also renovating the "Grill," another section of the restaurant that would later function as an overflow area for the main restaurant. With a very tight deadline and John's daughter's wedding fast approaching, DeFranco's crew constructed the con - crete paver walkways, planted all of the landscaped beds and laid fresh sod on the lawn areas. "It is a tremendous improvement from what was here to what it looks like now," states DeFranco. "I had to pull out old pictures of all the mud in this area to re - mind our crew of how far we really came with this project." The Reviews Numerous iterations were completed during the design phase. "We were even making changes as we started the con - struction work," recalls DeFranco. "The scope of the work expanded to make sure the rest of the resort was integrated with the outdoor wedding area. Kelly has hit a home run with this. I can't tell you how many people came up the lakeside stairs to visit the restaurant for dinner when we were finishing up and just said 'Wow!,' and we knew that they had seen what it looked like before." DeFranco's kids were about the only two people that expressed disappoint - ment with the final product. Their first response as they viewed the completed area was: "What did you do with the pirate ship, Dadda? Don't you know that was the best part of coming here?" However, children do not have to worry; the playground will be returning in an- other location as the work continues in the future. LC DBM Left Concrete block retaining walls comple- ment the concrete pavers that form both the elevated stage overlooking the lake as well as the pathways that lead towards other sites at the resort. DeFranco's small crew constructed the stage and laid the pavers for the new walkways in a matter of days, as their deadline was quickly approaching. The new pathways aid in directing pedestrian movement across the lawn area without ruin - ing the turf. Below In its previous state, the deck overlooking Lake George had gotten to the point where there was more dirt than grass, with exposed roots everywhere. Due to its proximity to popular sites and activities, the pedestrians had trampled the grass into an unsightly mess. BEFORE

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