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    Using Native Turf on Your Next Project

    Using Native Turf on Your Next Project:

    By Pamela Simmons, LEED AP BD + C, ARCSA AP, Co-Owner of Turpin Farms, Chairman of the USGBC SW OH Regional Chapter Sustainable Sites Committee, Supervisor of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

    Having grown up in the sod industry, I know sod gets a bad rap especially in the world of sustainable landscaping. Because we strive to be as sustainable as possible in our practices at Turpin Farms, we decided to try and produce a turf product that would benefit the built environment by introducing the advantages of native grasses.

    Native grasses are particularly well suited for establishing wildlife habitats, soaking up rain water in a rain garden or for sediment and erosion control. Ohio native grasses add a different leaf texture, color and movement to the landscape.

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    Wet or Electronic Stamp: Ethical Considerations

    Wet or Electronic Stamp: Ethical Considerations by Luther L. Liggett, Jr., Partner, Korhman Jackson & Krantz

    As technological advances race onward to achieve previously unimaginable computerized applications, design professional practice laws remain conservative in order to insure the highest level of professionalism and protection to the public.

    Before the age of computers, traditional practice and law required crimping or signing over a design professional seal, usually with colored ink to identify an original. But paper is a tool of the past, and today’s project owners develop construction documents on computers for ease of correction and transmittal.

    Ohio law accommodates electronic seals, provided that an Architect follows several different sets of rules promulgated for different purposes. This article will review those provisions of law.

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    Announcing The Launch of the New Transportation and Health Tool

    The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control are pleased to announce the launch of the new Transportation and Health Tool, which provides easy access to data that practitioners can use to examine the health impacts of transportation systems. The Transportation and Health Tool provides data on 14 transportation and public health indicators for each state, metropolitan statistical area (MSA), and urbanized area (UZA). 

    The indicators measure how the transportation environment affects health with respect to safety, active transportation, air quality, and connectivity to destinations.  You can use the tool to quickly see how a state, MSA, or UZA compares with others in addressing key transportation and health issues. The tool also provides information and resources to help agencies better understand the links between transportation and health and to identify strategies to improve public health through transportation planning and policy.

    Explore the Transportation and Health Tool: 

    • Select a state, MSA, or UZA from the map to see how it performs on each indicator;
    • Learn about the 14 indicators and the process used to select them;
    • Discover evidence-based strategies that practitioners can use to address health through transportation; and
    • Read more about the scoring methodology or download a spreadsheet with the complete dataset.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) jointly developed the tool in partnership with the American Public Health Association.

    If you have questions or feedback about the Transportation and Health Tool, please contact tht@dot.gov

    CLARB Welfare Study Presented at Ohio Chapter ASLA Annual Meeting

    CLARB Welfare Study Presented at Ohio Chapter ASLA Annual Meeting - Thursday, May 17, 2012

    Ohio Board of Landscape Architect Examiners member, Tim Schmalenberger, and Executive Director Amy Kobe made a presentation to the Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects 2012 Annual Meeting in Columbus. The presentation discussed the groundbreaking study commissioned by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB), which sought to define public welfare as it relates to the profession of landscape architecture, and, using Central Ohio projects as examples, illustrates the impacts and benefits of landscape architecture has on the public welfare. A copy of the presentation is available here and a copy of the study is available here.

    For more information please visit: www.arc.ohio.gov

    2013 Annual Meeting: Millennium Park Quadruaple Net Value Report

    Attendees of the 2013 OCASLA Annual Meeting:

    Edward K. Uhlir, FAIA, Executive Director of Millennium Park, Inc. has been kind enough to share with us the Millennium Park Quadruaple Net Value Report released by Texas A&M University and DePaul University in the summer of 2011. Statistics outlined in this report were cited in the presenation given by Ed at the 2013 OCASLA Annual Meeting in Columbus.