Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JAN 2016

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The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, who reside in the Puget Sound area north of Seattle, built a new Community Center to serve as a gathering place for tribal and community members. This project was a collaborative effort between tribal elders and other members, the tribe's cultural department, and BankSavers, the landscape and nurs- ery division for the tribe. The wall at the entrance was designed by the tribe and built by Reese Excavation, a Native American contractor in Tulalip, Wash. "Because we are a tribal entity, we try to hire Native American con- tractors when possible," said John Carroll of BankSavers. "This is a standard practice for most tribal projects." With 14 permanent, year-round employees and a nursery that grows over 450,000 containerized native species every year, BankSav- ers was responsible for the design and planting of the wall, the instal- lation of the irrigation system, final grade soils and turf settings. The site was first excavated to grade, and then compacted to grade. A trench was dug, the base material - crushed stone - was installed, and the first course of block was set almost to grade. This was back- filled with washed stone a minimum of 1'-deep behind the wall, and then compacted. Geofabric was set and secured. The next block course was laid down, and this process was repeated until the project was finished. A Caterpillar small excavator assisted with the digging, and placing the blocks. The retaining wall blocks were from Redi-Rock and were 28" deep. Eighteen freestanding garden blocks facilitated the plantings. The fence on top of the wall consists of standard four-foot, black vinyl chain-link and black-powder coated pipe and hardware. It came from Security Contractor Services out of Seattle. The fence is set back 4'-6' from the wall to allow maintenance people access. Dave Tremco of Alaska, a well-known artist in the Pacific North- west, carved the decorative king salmon out of Western red cedar. First, each fish was rough cut with a chainsaw. They were fine cut with hand tools, and finally sanded and stained. Steel mounting brackets were bolted to the concrete wall, and then each fish was bolted to the bracket. The fish were mounted two feet away from the wall to create the illusion that they are flying in midair. PHOTO JOHN CARROL Ketti Kupper Conscious Life Design of Los Angeles designed and installed a renovation of her yard, which originally was bounded by what she said was typical for the area – a low gray concrete block wall with block columns and steel pickets between the columns. The block portions were kept in place but the pickets were discarded. After the crew added blocks to cre- ate a solid wall, it was given a smooth stucco finish and painted. Rust patina steel panels were attached and the block wall was enlarged with stepped redwood fence sections on top. Cop- per planters attached to the steel panels created a multi-dimensional wall with several different elements. Varieties of drought-tolerant Sene- cios are in the planters. PHOTO KETTI KUPPER 38 LC DBM Washington Tribe's Symbolic Entrance Wall Converting an L.A. Norm into Art

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