Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2016

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Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain (LC/DBM) (ISSN 2150-9093), is published monthly by Landscape Communications, Inc. 14771 Plaza Drive, Suite A, Tustin, California, 92780 Phone: 714-979-5276; Fax: 714-434-3862. Online version (ISSN 2150-9170). Copyright 2016 by Landscape Communications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. All righ ts reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission. Periodicals postage paid at Tustin, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscription Inquiries: Send new or renewal notices or change of address (send both new and old addresses) to Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Subscriptions: Licensed Landscape Contractors free of charge. Others: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii & Canada, 12 issues, $34.95, 24 issues, $55.00, Mexico: 12 issues, $65.00 per year. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting LC/DBM at circulation@landscapeonline.com or 714-979-5276 ext. 115. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Paolo Benedetti, a licensed swimming pool contractor and owner of Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa in Morgan Hill, Calif., spear- headed a pro bono construction project for an Army veteran who was severely injured while deployed in Afghanistan. Mainly through Benedetti's efforts, Sgt. Brian Jergens, his wife and two sons now have a new swimming pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and children's playground in the backyard of their home in Hollister, Calif. An important part of Jergens' rehabilita- tion has been swimming, and that is still the case today. Intially, Jergens had been using the pool at the Palo Alto Poly Trauma Center. Benedetti donated about $10,000 of his own money toward the project, not includ- ing his labor, but it would not have been pos- sible without the help of many other donors. Everything that was built for the Jergens fam- ily could easily have cost $300,000, he said. His solicitations resulted in direct dona- tions of the pool equipment, rebar, plumbing pipes and conduit, and the pro bono services of an excavation contractor. Benedetti also held fundraisers, which brought in enough money for the shotcrete, tile, coping, plas- ter, a pool cover, the playground equipment, drainage pipes, aggregates, gravel and fill sand. His fundraisers also paid for a loaner tractor and the services of the grading and concrete placement workers. "The list of donors is substantial and would take up two pages by itself," Benedetti said. "I solicited and acquired all of the dona- tions of materials, labor, finished goods and some cash donations to complete this proj- ect. It truly was a community effort — from around the country." Over 50 firms contributed to the Jergens pool project. "I coordinated all of the work parties for the plumbing, electrical, equipment pad in- stallation, decks and concrete forms, rebar and concrete finishing, masonry installation and barbecue island," he said. Benedetti also did the rough prep work and tractor grading, and built the pool equipment room himself. A month after getting married, Jergens, an Army medic, was driving a Humvee that was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) in 2011. Jergens lost both of his legs below the knee, suffered a severe brain injury, hearing loss, internal organ damage, a bro- ken neck and a damaged right elbow. If you have a project where landscape services were donated pro bono, you can submit your Off the Clock proposal to: stewardship@landscapeonline.com or call Michael Miyamoto at (714) 979-5276 x139. Story Ideas? New Swimming Pool for Wounded Army Veteran By Michael Miyamoto, LC/DBM 62 LC DBM Left: Paolo Benedetti, owner of Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa, Morgan Hill, Calif., was the driving force behind the pro bono construction of a new swimming pool for a severely injured Army veteran who uses it for rehabilitation and therapy. The project also involved a spa, outdoor kitchen and a children's playground. In the photo, a crew works on the pool's rebar network. Benedetti gave $10,000 of his own money toward the effort, and solicited donations of pool equipment, rebar, plumbing pipes and conduit. He staged fundraisers to buy the shotcrete, tile, coping, plaster, a pool cover, the playground equipment, drainage pipes and other items, and to pay for the grading and concrete workers. Over 50 firms contributed to Benedetti's project. Right: The new pool for Army Sgt. Brian Jergens and his family was completed in July 2016 at their home in Hollister, Calif. Benedetti coordinated all of the work on the plumbing and electrical systems, equipment pad, decks and concrete forms. He also supervised the rebar installation, concrete finishing and masonry work, and built the pool equipment room (a 26' x 12' building) by himself. PHOTOS: PAOLO BENEDETTI DBM LC Off the Clock

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