Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2014

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March 2014 29 in holes drilled into the bedrock and then set with epoxy. The walls were built in sections to ensure that everything was rock solid. Once completed, a pod was filled with sol- id compacted dirt and sand, then topped with reinforced concrete and veneered with brick. August crowned all of the pods slightly from the middle to the edge so that any water would drain off towards the outside. The furniture modulus was actually designed prior to beginning the project because everything had to fit togeth- er in the end. August worked on the bench master with a friend in the friendÕs wood shop. They figured out the contours, made a few prototypes and then built the master from epoxy- laminated redwood, sanded to a 600 grit finish, varnished, and polished. After this, August made the two-part molds for each piece and then site-cast all the pieces for the benches. Redwood from recycled wine vats was used to build the tables. Their construction is mortise & tenon joints in a craftsman style. The gazebos were built from the same material in the same style. Round teak pegs hold the linked half-lapped rafter lintels solidly in place. August and his crew built another kitchen underneath the restaurant once it was deemed that using a dumb wait- er to deliver the food from the existing kitchen wouldnÕt work out. ÒMy idea was to make the outdoor restaurant an entire separate entity,Ó he says. Besides seating for 54 and the kitchen, the new entity has a barbeque area and a wood-burning pizza oven ve- neered with the same stones and bricks, and equipped with custom-fabricated, bi-fold steel doors. The oven itself was assembled from a pre- cast concrete kit, which came from France. The intensive project took three years to complete. By AugustÕs calculations, he and his crew hand-placed over 450 tons of material, including 90 tons of steel. They also mixed, on site, over 70 yards of concrete. Continuing Ingenuity Following up on his childhood inspiration, August did invent a true interlock- ing paver. In fact, he designed and developed four of them. One is in the shape of a gecko, and one is in the shape of frog. (See following supplement) He has been promoting them to the precaster industry for years without a lot of success, but one manufacturer, Central Arizona Block Company, was able to start producing Geckos en masse. August still feels that there is a market for them. He also invented an interlocking terracing unit that is 40 pounds and designed for engineered mortarless retaining walls with a 15-degree setback. Above: At another private residence on Maui, August designed and installed this pond. At the bottom of the pond, he custom cut koi images out of hard ceramic tile using a ring saw and set them against variegated cobalt tile using the darker tiles around the koi to create the illusion they were floating. August ran a water feed from the bottom of the basin up through the back of the one-ton stone (top of picture) to let water trickle over the edge of the stone and back into the pond. (Photo - Curtis Paddock) Right: A water feature at the Kula Lodge Terrace restaurant forms a series of streams and waterfalls throughout three terrace levels without obstructing the seating and serving access. 026-031.indd 29 3/3/14 11:24 AM

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