May 2016  

    OCASLA 2016 Professional + Student Awards Program - Call for Entries Now Open!

    Entry Fee and Entry Form are due on Thursday, June 23rd. Entry Submittals are due Thursday, July 21st. Please visit the 2016 OCASLA Awards webpage for more information and to register.

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    Congratulations to Alan McKnight on his Elevation to the 2016 Class of ASLA Council of Fellows!

    The American Society of Landscape Architects has elevated 28 members to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2016. Alan McKnight, of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, received his nomination, in Leadership/Management, from the Ohio chapter. The first landscape architect to serve as director of the Recreation and Parks Department in Ohio’s largest city—through times of economic expansion and the Great Recession—he led a staff of 350 in the creation of new parks and greenways and maintained a system of 240 parks, 15,000 acres of real estate, 29 community centers, 7 swimming pools, scores of athletic facilities, 90 miles of multi-use trails and 6 golf courses. His partnership approach to leadership changed the face of his city and connects the burgeoning Central Ohio region. He commissions landscape architects as the prime design consultants on major urban multidisciplinary park projects. The highly regarded, 20-year transformation of the downtown Columbus riverfront is now complete, and the effort has been led entirely by landscape architects.

    Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large as demonstrated by their works, leadership and management, knowledge, and service. The new class of Fellows will be recognized at the 2016 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo, October 21-24 in New Orleans.

    Congratulations Alan!!


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    Dean's Roadshow 2016

    Dean David B. Williams is hitting the road to spread the word about Buckeye engineering across Ohio. Alumni, friends, industry contacts and others will come together to network and stay up-to-date with the state's pre-eminent engineering program.

    Click here to see the Dean's Roadshow Tour Dates

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    2016 In-State Advocacy Day Recap

    On Tuesday, April 19th members of OCASLA met in Columbus to participate in the first annual In-State Advocacy Day. The volunteers were divided into 6 small groups, and each met with a State Representative or a State Senator or their respective aids to discuss issues that are important to Ohio landscape architects.

    Advocacy Day volunteers met with the offices of State Representatives Tim Schaffer (R, Lancaster), Louis Blessing (R, Cincinnati), and Ron Amstutz (R, Wooster), as well as the offices of State Senators Kris Jordan (R, Powell), Cecil Thomas (D, Cincinnati), and Bill Coley (R, West Chester). Topics of discussion included the opposition of the Ohio Sunset Review Committee, support for the passage of HB 243, and water quality concerns.

    Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the first In-State Advocacy Day a success!  

    See the photos from the day’s events HERE.

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    2016 OCASLA Annual Meeting Summary

    On Friday, May 6th nearly 170 people met in Columbus for the Annual Meeting. This year the Annual Meeting was located at COSI and featured a record-breaking number of EXPO vendors – 34 to be exact! The session topics ranged from tree health considerations to the future of autonomous automobiles.

    The speakers this year were Thomas Balsley, FASLA, Founder and Lead Designer of Thomas Balsley Associates; Jason Sudy, AICP, Founder of Side Street Planning; Justin Robbins, AICP, Senior Planner, OHM Advisors; Rick Stein, AICP, Principal and Owner of Urban Decision Group; Steven Litt, Art and Architecture Critic at The Plain Dealer; and James Urban, FASLA, ISA, Founder and Principal of Urban Trees + Soils.

    See the photos from the annual meeting HERE.

    OCASLA also held the Student/Speaker Essay Dinner at Hubbard Grill in Columbus the night before the Annual Meeting, where student essay winners and the Annual Meeting speakers have a dynamic discussion about the status of landscape architecture.

    Many thanks to our knowledgeable speakers, vendors, volunteers and participants for making this year’s OCASLA Annual Meeting and related activities a success! 

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    2016 Stihl Tour Des Trees

    The 2016 STIHL Tour Des Trees  is a weeklong cycling adventure combining community engagement, environmental advocacy, fundraising, tourism and FUN. While the destinations change each year, the Tour’s mission remains constant: to introduce the TREE Fund to new audiences, to educate the public about the benefits of urban trees and to fund research and education programs administered by the TREE Fund.

    Register today for a ride you’ll never forget.

    Click here to learn more!

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    Builders Exchange of Central Ohio LEED Breakfast Meeting

    The Builders Exchange June LEED breakfast meeting will feature a presentation on Permeable Interlocking Concrete PavementsTom Boren (Oberfields LLC) will discuss how the long term trend of adding impervious surfaces through development has caused severe stormwater management issues, prompting cities like Columbus to develop plans to mitigate the effects of post-construction runoff.  Permeable paver systems are a recognized best management practice to meet requirements set forth by many of these state and local municipalities.  The presentation will discuss appropriate locations for installation of these systems, the benefits of capturing, detaining, and releasing stormwater in a controlled manner, construction sequencing, and how the systems contribute to LEED v4.

    This course is approved for one CE hour from GBCI, 1 LU/HSW credit from AIA, and 1 LACES CEU.

    The June LEED Meeting will be held Friday, June 10 at the Builders Exchange (1175 Dublin Road, 43215). Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the program from 8 to 9 a.m. The cost is $15 for employees of BX member firms and $30 for nonmembers. A continental breakfast is included with your registration.

    To register, click here or email Alex Clapper at

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    Reclaiming Urban Environments: The Transformative Ability of Site Furnishings and Bike Parking

    Reclaiming Urban Environments:  The Transformative Ability of Site Furnishings and Bike Parking

    By:  John Chandler - National Rep Manager Madrax/Thomas Steele

    As more Americans find themselves living in urban areas, green spaces will become more important than ever.  While there is little argument over this point, the physical realities can sometimes be a bit different, so this article isn’t about green spaces.  This article is about the grey spaces, the concrete and brick spaces that make up city centers. 

    Read the full article by clicking HERE.

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    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA National News: May 11, 2016

    Click HERE to download the latest news from ASLA National.

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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.

    Click here to read the full article

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    OCASLA will update monthly any new job postings throughout the state of Ohio.

    Please click here to current postings.

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    Register now for the Landscape Architecture Registration Exam Section 4 review course


    Please reserve your spot for the LARE prep course. Payment for registration will open on July 1. All registrants will receive an email and a link with payment instructions on July 1.

    Section 4: Grading, Drainage & Construction Documentation  Instructor: Ray Freeman
    Date: October 7-9, 2016  Location: NC State College of Design in Raleigh, North Carolina

    For more information and to reserve your spot, click here


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    Classified Ads


    WADE TRIM is a full service engineering firm consistently recognized for our award winning solutions. We are currently seeking a highly motivated Landscape Architect in our Taylor, MI office to join our team. 

    Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture, zero to five years of related experience, and be proficient in several of the following software programs/operating systems: AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop/InDesign/Illustrator, Sketchup, and Microsoft Office. Candidates should be a creative, with a great sense of design and aesthetics, eager to learn and contribute immediately to our design projects. They must be able to operate in a fast paced, collaborative environment, be detail oriented, energetic, possess strong graphic and communication skills, and be able to work independently and in a team environment. Typical responsibilities include:

    •          Perform technical design of job (urban design, public space design, land development, recreation projects, etc.) from schematic design through construction document phase
    •          Develop design plans for urban planning, park and urban design projects
    •          Articulate ideas through hand sketching and delineation
    •          Prepare renderings and maps
    •          Prepare construction documents
    •          Assist in master plan analysis
    •          Assist in writing proposals and making technical presentations
    •          Research existing land use
    •          Perform site analysis
    •          Prepare project specifications
    •          Research and complete permits as necessary
    •          Assist in construction cost estimating
    •          Attend various meetings (client, staff, public, etc.)
    •          Maintain a safe working environment


    Wade Trim offers an excellent salary and benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short and long-term disability coverage, education reimbursement, 401(k) and an employee stock program. 

    If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding career in a friendly environment, please submit your resume by visiting the Careers section of our web site at and reference job number 442.                                          

    Wade Trim is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.



    Vizmeg Landscape, Inc. the leading Landscape Construction Company in Northeast Ohio is looking for a Landscape Design/Sales Project Manager to help manage our expansion.  We have built a solid reputation over the last 24 years and our business is continuing to grow.  We are looking for a highly motivated sales person who is able to create exciting landscape designs, sell the job, and then act as a project manager through its completion. Typical projects include high end residential or condo sites. Our team supports a collaborative work environment that values creativity, quality, as well as efficiency. We offer a great opportunity to further your career while working on some of the finest projects in our area.  The ideal candidate is expected to produce in excess of $1 million in sales annually and in return the company offers very competitive salary and commission plan along with great benefits. If you think you have what it takes an describe yourself as dedicated, genuine and knowledgeable, we want to talk with you.


              Represent Vizmeg Landscape Inc. through the sales cycle by:

    o    Understanding scope of work, from initial customer contact, through entire sales cycle, including design of landscapes, preparation of drawings, plans, preparing and present cost estimates, monitors and administers design construction contracts, coordinating with customers and landscape team

    o    Possess a solid understanding of project management and managing labor & material costs

    o    Working through service related issues and understanding how to meet customer expectations while maintaining a comfortable profit for the company

    •          Ability to prepare competitive proposals and to learn the art of negotiation
    •          Participate in the job costing efforts to ensure that work performed meets company requirements
    •          Handle customer inquiries regarding service and quality issues
    •          Continuous client interaction to ensure overall satisfaction and communicate up to date progress
    •          Responsible for billing projects to reflect actual job progress, ensuring all extras are documented,       accounted for and billed


    •          Technical knowledge needed to provide the range of services delivered to clients
    •          Comfortable following up on generated job leads, cold calling and marketing
    •          Minimum of 5 years sales experience in outside sales
    •          Must have demonstrated background using CAD and MS office Suite
    •          B.S. Degree in Landscape Architecture, Construction Management or related field
    •          Competent math skills and ability to calculate figures, including discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume
    •          Working knowledge of basic algebra and geometry for procurement of products and services
    •          Demonstrated critical thinking skills to solve both intellectual and practical problems
    •          Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism [formulas, graphs etc.] in its most difficult phases
    •          Willingness to work in a team based environment
    •          Adhere to company policies, standards and safety guidelines


    •          Exhibit excellent follow up practices  
    •          Professional, effective oral & written communication skills and professional appearance
    •          Demonstrate a “can-do” attitude and a strong work ethic committed to excellence

     EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran employer


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