February 2016  

    ALERT! Ohio Sunset Review Committee Hearing Set!

    ALERT! Ohio Sunset Review Committee Hearing Set!

    February 8, 2016 - Columbus, Ohio

    The Ohio Sunset Review Committee is set to hear testimony on behalf of the Ohio Landscape Architects Board and the Ohio Architects Board on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 beginning at 3:30pm in the Senate South Hearing Room. The Sunset Review Committee began hearing testimony on various boards up for review back in November 2015. Amy Kobe, Executive Director, will testify on behalf of the Ohio Landscape Architects Board and the Ohio Architects Board as the statutory agent for both groups. Eugenia Martin, OCASLA Trustee, will issue public testimony on behalf of landscape architects in Ohio. Carmine Russo Jr., OCASLA VP of Legislative Affairs, has also written a statement on behalf of the Ohio Chapter of ASLA voicing our opposition to the proposed merger of the two boards. He will be in attendance with OCASLA Lobbyist, Luther Liggett Jr. of Kohrman, Jackson & Krantz (KJK) located in Columbus.

    This issue dates back to the HB64 hearings from over the summer, in which an amendment was added to the 2-year State Budget bill during the Ohio Senate Finance Committee that would have abolished the Ohio Landscape Architects Board, and expanded the duties of the Ohio Architects Board to include 1 Landscape Architect on the board, and thereby regulate the profession of Landscape Architecture. This measure was defeated, in a compromise that placed both boards on the list of possible mergers to undergo Sunset Review. While that was a major victory for our cause at that time, this represents the next step in defeating the proposed merger. This hearing is open to the public, and those that wish to attend to hear the testimony may do so. More information to come.

    Related Information:

    OCASLA Letter on Behalf of Members

    AIA OHIO Letter on Behalf of Members

    Ohio Sunset Review Committee Agenda

    Contact Us:

    Carmine Russo, Jr., ASLA 

    Jeannie Martin, FASLA

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    Early Bird Registration Opens for OCASLA Annual Meeting

    2016 Ohio Chapter ASLA Annual Meeting

    Join the Ohio Chapter of ASLA on Friday, May 6th at COSI for one of the biggest Chapter gatherings of the year. 

    This year's meeting offers 4 Sessions that are worth 6 LA CES HSW CEUs. Our Vendor EXPO will be available to all registrants throughout the day, so come see what new products they are offering for 2016!

     Click here to register!

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    Design Competition: Parcels to Places

    The Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing and the City of Columbus Land Redevelopment Office, with additional funding from the Columbus Foundation, and in partnership with the Neighborhood Design Center are pleased to announce Parcels to Places, a competition to redevelop vacant lots throughout Columbus, Ohio. Parcels to Places is a pilot project, which will showcase creative ideas and strategies for transforming Columbus’ vacant land into an asset that contributes to community needs.

    Please join us for the official competition launch on Tuesday, February 9th at 6:00pm at the King Arts Complex (867 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Columbus, OH 43203). 

    Download the flyer by clicking this link.

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    Happy Holidays from OCASLA!

    Looking over the past year, OCASLA has had many things to be proud of. The chapter has successfully hosted 3 state-wide events and fought for landscape architecture at the state level.

    Read the year end recap by clicking here.

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    Ohio Sunset Review Committee Update: Ohio Landscape Architects Board

    Ohio Sunset Review Committee Update

    2-Year State Budget Bill Sunset Review Provision - Possible Merger of the Ohio Architects Board and Ohio Landscape Architects Board, Opposed by Ohio Chapter ASLA and AIA Columbus

    Over the summer during the 2-Year State Budget negotiations, OCASLA was successful in striking down an amendment that would have merged our Ohio Landscape Architects Board with the Ohio Architects Board. The compromise that was reached between the Ohio House and Senate, which was ultimately signed by Governor Kasich, includes a provision that establishes a Sunset Review Committe that is tasked with reviewing possible mergers and abolishments of regulatory boards in Ohio. Since that time, our Advocacy Committee within OCASLA has been hard at work on the next steps.

    A summary of recent developments is as follows:

    1. A Lobbyist Search Committee was formed by the OCASLA consisting of ASLA members from throughout the state and of various experience levels including:
    2. Chapter Representatives: Jeannie Martin, Carmine Russo and Karla Salmans
    3. ASLA Fellows: Rick Espe, Virginia Russell, Craig Cawrse, Kathy Fox and Keith Myers
    4. Landscape Architect: Jonathan Ferbrache who assisted us with our 2-Year budgetary dispute
    5. Our Lobbyist Search Committee determined through thorough examination of 4 possible candidates, which included in-person interviews and fee proposals, that Luther L. Liggett Jr of Kohrman/Jackson/Krantz (KJK) would best serve us in our testimony with the Sunset Review Committee.
    6. An OCASLA Executive Committee vote was held on this recommendation, and this candidate was approved unanimously. This will require an expense of $2,000 per month, for a three-month duration beginning on November 1, 2015 - January 31, 2016. The total expense out of the OCASLA Lobby Account will be $6,000 not including any incidental expenses that will be evaluated by OCASLA on a case by case basis.
    7. As a reminder, $105 of your member dues come back to our State Chapter, with $20 of that renewal going into our Lobby Account each year, that is not tax deductable for you personally.

    OCASLA is leading the effort to hire a Lobbyist, and bring together Luther with Amy Kobe at the licensure board, who will be the individual that is called to testify on the Board as the statutory agent. We believe that Luther will help us to craft and to effectively communicate our case for why the Boards should remain separate as they now exist. Luther will provide input and consultation to our group as we move forward over the coming months.

    If there are any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help, and want to make sure that we are representing everyone's interests in this important dialogue.

    Ohio Chapter ASLA Executive Committee

    Jeannie Martin, Chapter Trustee

    Carmine Russo, VP of Legislative Affairs

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    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA E-News: January 20, 2016

    Governance and Administration

    • President Chad Danos, FASLA, presented to the Louisiana civil engineers yesterday. Danos focused his presentation on green infrastructure and the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to solving storm water issues.


    • Last Wednesday President Danos met with the Minnesota ASLA Chapter in Minneapolis to discuss advocacy and the role of landscape architects and ASLA in effecting change.  The presentation was well received by a broad audience in attendance.


    • Great news!  GSA National Director of Landscape Architecture Christian Gabriel, ASLA, has confirmed the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) commitment to pursue SITES® certification for all capital projects beginning in FY 2017.  Both EVP Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, and Federal Government Affairs Director Roxanne Blackwell, Hon. ASLA, participated in a conference call last Thursday with Gabriel and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Busincess Certification Inc. (GBCI) staff to hear the news.  ASLA and USGBC/GBCI will coordinate communications/announcements to share this significant SITES milestone with members and stakeholders. 


    • President-Elect Vaughn Rinner, FASLA, has been invited to participate on the Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Board’s (CLARB) task force to revise the CLARB model law.  State Government Affairs Director Elizabeth Hebron will also represent ASLA on the task force.


    • EVP Somerville and staff recently met with D.C. Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) Director Tommy Wells and key DOEE staff to discuss the city’s sustainability initiatives and educate Director Wells on ASLA and its sustainability initiatives, including the new Center for Landscape Architecture and the Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project. Several areas for follow-up and further collaboration were identified. 


    • Staff met with Gensler, the project architect, to discuss and coordinate preparation of documents and other necessary steps for LEED® and WELL® certification for the Center for Landscape Architecture


    Resource Development


    Government Affairs

    • Last week, ASLA participated in the 2016 Annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, which included education sessions and workshops on issues covering all modes of transportation. EVP Somerville presented on the Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Program as one of the panelists for an education session entitled “Complete, Green, and Exceptional: Creating Streets of the Future.” Director Blackwell was a guest of the Landscape and Environmental Design Committee, which includes landscape architects working at state Departments of Transportation and other transportation outlets. The committee is chaired by Keith Richardson, ASLA, of CALTRANS.


    • Last week, the National Complete Streets Coalition hosted the Sixth Annual Complete Streets Dinner in Washington, D.C. The evening assembled advocates, supporters, partners, and friends to celebrate 10 years as a coalition, over 845 Complete Streets policies passed at the state, regional, and local level, and the passage of a federal Complete Streets policy. Gregory Ballard, former mayor of Indianapolis was the guest speaker. ASLA, along with the National Association of Realtors, and MIG, a planning and design firm, sponsored this year’s dinner.


    • Also last week, Director Hebron participated in the Midwest Joint Licensure Caucus quarterly call where discussions centered around updates on licensure advocacy in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana as well as sharing guidance and experience working with state lobbyists. Director Hebron also provided comments on proposed licensure legislation in West Virginia and Michigan.


    • Submissions for all ASLA Advocacy Awards nominations are due no later than February 29.  For questions regarding the advocacy award program, please e-mail Mark Cason; phone (202) 216-2370.


    • ASLA activated the iAdvocate Network to send an informational alert to members about a webinar hosted by the City Parks Alliance (CPA). The webinar will take place on February 10 and will include a panelist discussion of Park Pride’s model of facilitated dialogue and public engagement. Park Pride is a CPA program that seeks input from members of the community in the design and outline of parks, playgrounds, and community gardens. Interested? Register Now!
    • Save the Date! The annual ASLA Advocacy Day will be held on May 19. ASLA will be hosting a series of webinars prior to the event, which will prepare attendees for what to expect when meeting with federal legislators. Check out the iAdvocate video from last year’s Advocacy Day and share with others to get a jumpstart on your advocacy efforts!


    Member and Chapter Services

    • The Leadership Development and Member Services Committees met last week via conference call to  review their 2015 accomplishments and brainstorm ideas for 2016 projects.


    • As of today, ASLA has 15,455 members, a growth of .6 percent since January 20, 2015.


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    Public Relations and Communications

    • The 2016 Public Awareness Summit was a big success, with participation by all 49 chapters and commitments to repeat World Landscape Architecture Month and PARK(ing) day activities as well as some other ideas. Under discussion: Instead of “Designed by a Landscape Architect,” this year’s card for the social media campaign could read “This Is Landscape Architecture.”


    • In late December, 10 new case studies were added to Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes, which was also redesigned to be mobile friendly. These case studies were promoted to the media and have already resulted in coverage by the Associated Press and The Desert Sun. Since the relaunch of Designing Our Future in late December, traffic is also up more than 40 percentover the same time last year.
    • The Dirt pick-ups:  Mark Hough, FASLA featured the recent ASLA interview with Christine Ten Eyck, FASLA, in his most recent blog post on Planetizen. The interview with Ten Eyck has been read approximately 2,200 times so far.



    Education and LAAB

    • The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES™) has 219 active providers offering 1,484 courses. There are three new provider applications pending review.


    • Accreditation and Education Programs Manager Kristopher Pritchard held a conference call yesterday with Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) 2016 Chair Gary Kesler, FASLA, to plan for the upcoming year, and in particular, the 2016 LAAB Winter Board Meeting taking place in February.


    • Manager Pritchard met with Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) Chair Laura Rasar King (Executive Director of Council of Education for Public Health) at CEPH’s office in Maryland on January 14. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss and understand another accrediting agency’s operations and best practices. This will allow the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) to continue implementing improvements to its accreditation process.  

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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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    Classified Ads


    Vizmeg Landscape, Inc. is one of the leading Landscape Construction companies in Northeast Ohio and currently hiring for a Senior Construction Project Manager/Estimator for our increasing work load.  We have built a solid reputation in North East Ohio over the last 24 years and our business is still growing.  We are a supportive office atmosphere that values excellence as well as efficiency.  Typical projects include public parks, sports fields, large landscape installations and small site construction projects.  We offer a great opportunity to further your career while working on some of the finest projects in our area.   If you describe yourself as dedicated, genuine and knowledgeable, we want to talk with you.




    •          Represent Vizmeg Landscape Inc. through the commercial bid process by:

    o    Understanding contacts/scope of work, preparing change orders, managing sub-contractors, ordering materials, coordinating with clients, general contractors and landscape architects.

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

    o    Having the necessary experience to negotiate bids, proposals, sub-contractors, change orders, upgrades and maintenance of the completed project


    •          Ensure profitability through preparation of competitive proposals
    •          Manage the submittal process for projects and bids
    •          Manage the ordering of materials from purchasing to billing
    •          Schedule work, labor and materials with production manager
    •          Track progress and coordinate scheduling with production manager
    •          Maintain continuous client interaction to ensure overall satisfaction and up to date progress
    •          Responsible for billing projects to reflect actual job progress
    •          Ensure all extras are documented, accounted for and billed


    •          Environmental project experience helpful.  i.e. Wetlands, River Restoration, Bio-swales
    •          Ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast paced environment.
    •          Strong analytical skills necessary to coordinate and manage several major projects at once.
    •          Effective oral and written communications skills
    •          Ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast paced environment.
    •          Perform other duties as assigned from management




    •          College degree, preferable in Civil, Engineering, Construction Management or Landscape Architecture
    •          6+ years of experience in Project Management
    •          Microsoft Office Suite, proficient in Excel, In-Site or other earthwork program
    •          Professional and effective oral and written communication skills and professional appearance
    •          Strong work ethic


    •          Demonstrate proficiency of job skills as listed above.
    •          Able to work with management and other employees as a team.
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    •          Registered L.A or P.E. encouraged
    •          LEED certification helpful
    •          Valid Driver’s License




    •          Pay based on proven experience
    •          Medical
    •          Dental
    •          Paid Vacations
    •          401k






    Job Description - CAD Designer/Project Manager

    Playworld Midstates is one of the leading playground and recreation suppliers in the Midwest. We are currently hiring for a CAD Designer/Project manager at our Ohio office in New Albany. At Playworld Midstates we design, supply and build recreational play and site structures for communities, schools, parks, churches, residential developments, child care facilities, RV communities and commercial campuses throughout Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. We represent top tier manufacturers of playground equipment, site furnishings, shelters, gazebos, and aquatic play equipment.


    •          Find and research all bid opportunities in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan
    •          Provide CAD design for 7 sales representatives
    •          Research architect specifications and plans for all public bids and RFP’s
    •          Get our suppliers approved as equal if necessary
    •          Match/equal competitors’ products for bids with drawings
    •          Estimate public bid preliminary pricing
    •          Produce all bid forms and documents to meet deadlines
    •          Produce submittals for successful bids
    •          Provide closeout documents as needed
    •          Manage contracts


    Playworld Midstates offers generous compensation and benefits package which includes:

    •          Health Insurance
    •          Simple IRA
    •          Vacation & Sick Time
    •          And More


    Contact Information:


    9th Avenue Designs, LLC a licensed landscape architectural firm specializing in high end residential landscape design with projects range from 30,000-1,500,000 is seeking to fill two positions. Since 1995 we have taken great pride in producing one of a kind designs that exceed our client’s expectations. Duties include site and design drawings for residential customers, communicating with homeowners, and assisting our lead designers in every aspect of the design process. All applicants need valid driver’s license. Office located in Mayfield Heights, Ohio 

    Entry Level Landscape designer:

    Desired Skills and Experience

    • Degree or Student in landscape architecture/design. Or 3 years’ experience. Candidates with lesser experience will be considered.

    • Perform site data collection and analysis, conceptual design through final design.

    • Proficient in AutoCAD

    • Fundamental landscape installation and construction experience desirable.

    • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs

    • Experience with Photoshop, sketch up, QuickBooks a plus

    • Self-motivated and a quick learner.

    • Possess strong social, organizational and communication (verbal and written) skills.

    • Creativity, plant and hardscape material knowledge and attention to detail a plus.


      Applicant should be eager to learn all aspects of landscape design from initial meetings, design concepts, final plans, construction meetings through job completion.

    Landscape Architect or Designer:

    Desired Skills and Experience

    • Minimum 5 years’ experience in landscape design

    • Proficient in AutoCAD

    • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs

    • Proficient in developing Hardscape layouts, planting plans, grading plans and construction documents

    • Experience with Photoshop, sketch up, QuickBooks a plus

    • Fundamental landscape installation and construction experience a must

    • Perform site data collection and analysis, conceptual design through final design.

    • Self-motivated and a quick learner.

    • Possess strong social, organizational and communication (verbal and written) skills.

    • Sales experience desirable

    • Creativity, plant and hardscape material knowledge and attention to detail important.



    Send resume and any examples of work you may have to





    KZF Design Looking to Fill Multiple Positions in Downtown Cincinnati

    KZF Design is an interdisciplinary design firm whose professionals are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their strategic goals. We are currently looking to fill multiple positions with direct experience working for consulting A/E firms. This is an excellent time to join an established Architecture and Engineering firm with a growing team of innovative design professionals.

    Current career opportunities include:

    • Government & Justice Group Director
    • Education Studio Director
    • Marketing Coordinator: Private Markets
    • Project Manager
    • Electrical Engineer
    • Mechanical CAD Technician/Designer
    • Civil Engineer
    • Senior Project Architect
    • Senior Mechanical Engineer


    We are looking for new talent now. Start your career at KZF Design today by visiting us at


    GPD Group specializes in planning, architectural and engineering design solutions. GPD has over 550 professionals working at 12 offices located in Akron, Youngstown, Cleveland, Marion, Chardon, and Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana; Atlanta Georgia; Seattle, Washington; Louisville, Kentucky; Dallas, Texas; and Phoenix, Arizona.

    GPD is currently seeking an entry-level LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT in our Columbus, Ohio office location.The ideal candidate will possess:
    • Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture.
    • Minimum of 1-3 years experience.
    • Responsible to assist Landscape Architect with preparation of construction documents for multiple project types
    • Ability to work with minimal supervision, maintain confidentiality and manage sensitive information
    • Candidate should be AutoCAD proficient.
    • Minimal travel required
    • Must have a valid driver’s license

    GPD offers a very generous compensation and benefits package which includes:
    • Company paid Health Insurance, Life Insurance, and Short Term & Long Term Disability Insurance.
    • Dental and Vision Insurance available
    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • 401(k) with matching and company contribution
    • Vacation & Sick Time
    • And much more…

    Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer-M/F/Disabled/Vet
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