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    Anova | Infinity Collection

    Anova introduced the Infinity Collection at the October 2018 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo in Philadelphia, the impressive scale of the gracefully curved 12’ long benches caught and held the eye of attendees and sparked excitement.

    The scalable modular bench system allows landscape architects to explore unique ways to integrate seating into the landscape. 

    Robert Patterson, Anova’s Industrial Design Engineer who was chief designer for the collection, explains: “Infinity’s curved benches can be configured together to create curves, semi-circles, serpentines or ellipses, as well as straight line benches for direct runs in any length. The collection’s infinite possibilities are what drove its name.”

    Landscape architects’ demand for exciting new seating triggered the collection’s creation. In the last few years Anova has experienced a high demand for custom benches that fit this profile, so manufacturing easily configurable seating that did not limit the designer’s imagination was a logical next step.

    Infinity is available in either recycled plastic planks or Thermory® thermally-modified hardwood. A recent high-profile installation was completed for the Colts Canal Playspace in Indianapolis, which features a 42’ long semi-circle bench surrounding the Colts-themed playground. Five additional large-scale curved benches complete the project along downtown’s scenic Central Canal.

    Visit the Infinity page for product details or contact us to learn more from a representative in your territory.

    A PLACE TO PLAY: ST. HENRY COMMUNITY POOL, VILLAGE OF ST. HENRY OHIO

    A Place to Play: St. Henry Community pool, Village of St. Henry, OH

    By Michael McGilbra, Sales Executive

    Vortex Aquatic Structures

    The village of St. Henry, Ohio, is a growing rural community, with many new homes being built. Families were calling for new recreational amenities, and results of a community vote indicated that renovation of their almost 50-year old pool was at the top of the list.

    A PLACE TO PLAY

    The existing park already offered a playground area, volleyball courts, and the aging community pool. St. Henry’s goal was to provide the village with an aquatic attraction that would appeal to families with children of all ages. The design therefore included the construction of an entirely new pool, doubling the capacity to eight lanes, and the addition of a variety of new aquatic activities. The star attraction is a pair of PrecisionRide™ waterslides from Vortex Aquatic Structures, in a cheery red, white, and blue color scheme.

    THE ULTIMATE WATERSLIDE EXPERIENCE

    The open flume body slide twists and turns on its way to the pool below, while the more daring riders zip down the steeper speed slide. Engineered for performance and manufactured with state-of-the-art technology, PrecisionRide™ slides offer the ultimate waterslide experience. With a superior gloss finish inside and out, and smooth, frictionless connections, St. Henry kids of all ages can experience a great sliding adventure.

    “The pool advisory committee and the rest of the community are very pleased with how the slides turned out,” said Ron Gelhaus, Village Administrator. “They constantly have kids on them, even some adults have taken their turn. The feedback has been great!”

    PrecisionRide™ slides are corrosion-resistant, low maintenance and durable so they will be economical for the Village to maintain and will stand the test of time.  Families in St. Henry will be enjoying their new Vortex waterslides for years to come.

    ENHANCED REVENUE STREAM

    Facility improvements have enabled the village to enhance their revenue stream with increased admission prices. The aquatic activities are available via single-day admission tickets as well as individual and family season passes.

     

    Projected completed June 2018

    Engineer: Sixmo

    Contractor: Astro Pool Company

    Vortex-intl.com

    SiteOne® Creates Resource Hub for Landscape Professionals Navigating Pandemic

    SiteOne® Creates Resource Hub for Landscape Professionals Navigating Pandemic

    SiteOne has compiled resources aimed at aiding landscape and golf professionals to continue safely working during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using the SiteOne COVID-19 Resource Page visitors can access industry sanitation best practices, SiteOne Online training, tools to aid in interacting with clients, small business financial resources, as well as pertinent industry updates. View the video of SiteOne CEO and Chairman, Doug Black to learn more about the support SiteOne is offering customers during this time.  

    See the Video HERE

    Customers are encouraged to take advantage of the company’s online ordering and jobsite delivery capabilities by setting up SiteOne Online account. The site allows customers to shop SiteOne’s full product catalog and place orders 24/7 to maximize efficiency for landscape contractors.

    ANOVA: Inclusive, accessible furniture designed to bring communities together

    Inclusive, accessible furniture designed to bring communities together.

    Thoughtfully designed, Anova’s new Elevation Collection focuses on inclusive features that assure comfortable, accessible furniture that brings communities together. This product line will be showcased for the first time at the November 2019 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo in San Diego.

    Anova’s goal was to create outdoor furniture that was truly inclusive for mobility-challenged individuals. The first step was to acknowledge there is a design gap, with few choices in furnishings that directly meet the needs of this population. “Quick fixes” that modify existing furniture can work, but the end result is ultimately inferior with regards to aesthetics as well as inclusivity. The furniture that is modified as an afterthought “sticks out” rather than being cohesive with the surrounding furniture.

    With this in mind, Anova hosted a Charrette to understand the true needs of this underserved population as it pertains to furniture design. The Charrette participants consisted of landscape architects, designers, and healthcare professionals specializing in physical and occupational therapy.

    With this valuable input, Anova has established guidelines for designing outdoor furniture that serve the needs of independent living seniors as well as mobility-challenged individuals of any age. The Elevation Collection fulfills these needs with comfortable, ergonomic furniture that individuals of any shape or size will enjoy using.

    If you would like to learn more about the best practices of inclusive design, click here.

    Elevation is available in either recycled plastic planks or Thermory® thermally-modified hardwood. Visit the Elevation page for product details or contact us to learn more from a representative in your territory.

    Anova - 5th Annual ASLA Grant Competition

     

    How will you as a Landscape Architect create long-term impact to improve the health and equity of your community?
    Submit a short essay and a hand-drawn napkin sketch, and you could win a $2,000 grant to fund your participation in the 2020 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in Miami.

    For more informaiton visit anovafurnishings.com/2020ASLAgrant


    How to Enter
    1. Explain your idea in an essay.
    2. Submit a hand-drawn napkin sketch.
    3. Provide a title of your sketch.

    Eligibility
    You must be an Associate ASLA member or Full ASLA member who has
    earned a degree or advanced degree in landscape architecture during or
    afer January 1, 2010. Not a member? Sign up now at asla.org/join.

    Deadlines
    Submissions will be accepted between March 2 - April 1, 2020 at 11:59
    PM PST. Winners will be notifed in May 2020. Grants will be awarded in
    split payments prior to, and following the ASLA Conference.

    ANOVA Grant Competition

    At Anova, we believe in the power of Landscape Architecture to help solve some of the most significant challenges facing our society, such as stabilizing our climate and increasing mutual understanding across diverse members of society. For that reason, we created the Anova Grant Program to help accelerate individuals’ careers in Landscape Architecture. We believe that education and sharing ideas drives personal growth, and the ASLA Conference provides an exceptional opportunity for engagement, learning, and networking.

    This year marked the 4th Annual Anova Grant Competition. We are thrilled to present our first-place winner, Zheng Lu with CallisonRTKL, as well as an additional 12 grant winners! Each of them will receive a $2,000 grant to fund their participation in the 2019 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in San Diego.

    Check out this year’s grant-winning entries by visiting: https://www.anovafurnishings.com/2019ASLAGrant-Winners

    For more information about all of Anova’s grant opportunities visit: http://www.anovafurnishings.com/content/grant-programs

    OCASLA Members Featured in The Dirt

    Jerry Smith, FASLA of  SMITH | GreenHealth Consulting and Yumin Li, ASLA of POD Design have been working together on an American-style senior living development in China. Read about their exciting new project in The Dirt.

    U.S. Congress Passes The National Park Service Centennial Act

    ASLA is excited to announce that the U.S. Congress heard your voices and passed H.R. 4680, the National Park Service Centennial Act.

    The bipartisan legislation celebrates the National Park Service's 100th year of existence and provides tools and resources to safeguard America's iconic natural and historical treasures. The Centennial bill also establishes the National Park Centennial Challenge Fund to finance signature construction, maintenance, and educational projects by matching private contributions with federal dollars. The Fund will be essential to help protect and preserve America's national parks, which are facing incredible challenges.

    ASLA supports the mission of the NPS to preserve the natural and cultural treasures and the values of the national park enterprise for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of current and future generations. Landscape architects have a deep connection to our national parks and the profession played a key role in the passage of the National Park Service Organic Act, legislation that established the NPS in 1916.

    For the past two years, ASLA advocates have voiced strong support for passing NPS Centennial legislation, including sending thousands of messages to Congress and advocating for the issue during the annual ASLA Advocacy Days. Once again, your voice played an essential role to achieve this legislative accomplishment on behalf of NPS. Thank you for your unwavering advocacy efforts. 

    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

    Landscape Institute launches `Be A Landscape Architect` careers website

    Posted: 14 Sep 2015 03:08 AM PDT

    Now, the Landscape Institute has just launched another initiative profiling rising stars on its Be A Landscape Architect careers website.

    Be A Landscape Architect  is the Landscape Institute’s new look careers website.  It acts as an information resource for school leavers, undergraduates, post-graduates and career changers thinking about becoming landscape architects.  As well as providing details of how to study in the UK and abroad it includes inspirational content about working in the profession.

    The post Landscape Institute launches “Be A Landscape Architect” careers website appeared first on World Landscape Architecture.

     

    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 [email protected]

    Press Release: Mayor Coleman and Partners break ground on the City’s first Urban Tree Nursery

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    September 15, 2015

     

    Contact

    Erin Miller, Mayor’s Office, 645-0815

    John Ivanic, Columbus City Council, 645-6798

    Web – Facebook – Twitter

     

    Mayor Coleman and Partners break ground on the City’s first Urban Tree Nursery

    Mayor Michael B. Coleman joined today with Columbus City Council President Andrew J. Ginther, the Weinland Park community and more than 20 non-profit organizations to announce a pilot program for an urban tree nursery and to unveil a community wide effort, Branch Out Columbus, whose goal is to plant 300,000 trees throughout the city by the year 2020.

    For the first time in the city’s history, a thorough Urban Tree Canopy Assessment was conducted. The study was led by the Columbus Recreation & Parks Division of Forestry and prepared by consultant, Plan-It-Geo.

    The study shows that the urban tree canopy in Columbus covers 22% of the land, at a total of 31,171 acres. These trees provide a multitude of economic, environmental, and social benefits, conservatively valued at more than $12.1 million annually.

    “The City of Columbus is committed to a 27% tree canopy by 2020, but we cannot do it alone. That is why we are branching out by creating the “Branch Out Columbus” campaign calling for community wide action,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman.

    An executive order will be prepared by Mayor Coleman to preserve and restore trees on all city led construction projects.  To help residents on private property, through our GreenSpot Backyard Conservation Program, the City will pay up to a $50 rebate to plant native trees on their property while supplies last (currently there are enough funds for approximately 400 trees).

    The city, through the Recreation & Parks Foundation, has set up a fund at the Columbus Foundation where businesses and residents can donate money towards the planting of trees in the community.

    “Trees are an important part of improving the quality of life in Columbus,” said Council President Ginther.  “From cleaning the air and water to improving property values and fighting greenhouse gases, trees make Columbus a great place to live and work.”

    Mayor Coleman and residents of the Weinland Park neighborhood also announced a pilot program for an urban tree nursery. The vacant land, owned by the City of Columbus’ Land Bank and Campus Partners, on 8th Avenue near 5th Avenue will be the city’s first Urban Tree Nursery. The vision is for the nursery to be a place where trees can grow to be planted in the neighborhood and where residents can learn about the importance of trees and how to properly care for them.

    The Mayor announced the goal is to have at least four urban tree nurseries established in our target neighborhoods by the year 2020.

    For more information about the Branch Out Columbus- 300,000 trees by 2020 campaign, and to see a copy of the Urban Tree Canopy Assessment, please visit www.columbus.gov/branchout .

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    GBCI Launches SITES, its Newly Acquired Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes

    GBCI Launches SITES, its Newly Acquired Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes

    Author: Marisa Long
    Published on: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    SITES addresses global concerns such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and resource depletion through sustainable landscape design and management

    June 10, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) launched its newly acquired SITES rating system, the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes.

    SITES was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden. The rating system can be applied to development projects located on sites with or without buildings - ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes and homes, and much more. 

    “Landscapes knit together the fabric of our communities,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO, GBCI. “And sustainable landscapes are critical in their ability to reduce water demand, filter and reduce storm water runoff, provide wildlife habitat, reduce energy consumption, improve air quality, improve human health, and increase outdoor recreation opportunities. SITES is an important addition to our toolkit, and GBCI appreciates this opportunity to support this additional contribution to healthy, thriving communities and neighborhoods.”

    “It is exciting to see years of work developing and field testing SITES culminate with the availability of this rating system,” said Fritz Steiner, FASLA, dean of the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. “The depth and breadth of approaches that were implemented by pilot projects demonstrates how valuable SITES can become for revolutionizing our relationships with built landscapes.” 

    “Landscape architects and members of all the related design and planning fields know that the issues addressed in SITES are increasingly important to creating livable and resilient communities,” said Nancy C. Somerville, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). “GBCI will take SITES to the next level and ensure its future growth and influence, and ASLA is pleased to provide continued education and communications support.”

    “SITES is a powerful tool for enhancing built landscapes precisely because it puts ecosystem services, the benefits humans derive from functional ecosystems, front and center,” said Ari Novy, executive director of the United States Botanic Garden. “This approach will help maximize our collective ability to create sustainable and healthy communities. Making SITES available through GBCI will be a great boon for the quality and resilience of our built landscapes.”

    The SITES rating system uses progressive industry standards for landscape design and incorporates additional recommendations from technical experts in the fields of soil science, botany and horticulture, hydrology, materials, and human health and well-being. Some of the credits for sustainable landscape performance have been developed in alignment with similar credits in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, the world’s most widely used green building program. 

    SITES, originally modeled after LEED, includes best practices in landscape architecture, ecological restoration and related fields as well as knowledge gained through peer-reviewed literature, case-study precedents and projects registered in the SITES pilot program.

    “Adding SITES to GBCI’s rapidly growing list of certification systems and credentials it supports not only expands GBCI’s capabilities, but it also helps us to further our mission to enact global sustainable change,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president, GBCI.

    SITES draws on the experience gained from a two-year pilot program involving more than 100 projects. Forty-six of these pilot projects have achieved certification, including landscape projects at corporate headquarters, national and city parks, academic campuses and private homes.

    Interested project teams can visit sustainablesites.org for more information and to register their projects and access the SITES v2: Rating System For Sustainable Land Design and Development, a guide that provides best practices, performance benchmarks and tools for creating ecologically resilient landscapes and rewards successful projects through certification.

    The Wildflower Center and ASLA will help GBCI create and implement SITES credentialing and certification offerings such as training project reviewers and will provide educational opportunities for pursuing SITES certification.

    The Columbus Dispatch: Columbus parks director announces he'll retire

    By Mark Ferenchik • The Columbus Dispatch  •  Wednesday March 11, 2015 

    Alan McKnight is retiring as executive director of Columbus’ Recreation and Parks Department after more than 38 years with the city and eight as the department’s leader. 

    His last day will be May 31.

    McKnight, 61, led the department during some turbulent times as he dealt with budget cuts during the Great Recession, and was forced to close recreation centers and pools, decisions he called gut-wrenching. “Folks are very passionate about their parks and rec centers,” he said.

    Read the full article here.

    Healthcare In Transition - A Landscape Forms' Roundtable Discussion

    A Leaders Roundtable on current issues and approaches in healthcare facilities planning and design, created and sponsored by Landscape Forms. The discussion included directors and administrators of three of the country’s largest medical centers, architects from international firms, architects and landscape architects from regional practices.

    See full article here...

    GOINGnative: False Solomon’s Seal

    GOINGnative: False Solomon's Seal By Barry Glick

    Article from Washington Gardener, Summer 2012

    I had to go to England!!! Yes, I had to go to the UK to be enlightened about a plant that grew in my own backyard. In my defense, I was so much younger then and much less enlightened. But here’s the short of it. In 1992, my friend, Dan Heims, and I spent two solid weeks travelling around the UK visiting gardens, plant collections, and friends. It was a plantsman’s dream trip starting off with two nights as the guests of Agatha Christie’s daughter, a day with Beth Chatto, a day with Elizabeth Strangman, and many other legends of British gardening and culminating with a full day, sun up to sun down, of Dan and I strolling around Wisley with Graham Stuart Thomas just the three of us. (I’d use a few exclamation points here, but I’ve been told that I use too many!)...

    Click here to read the entire article.

    About the Author:

    Barry Glick is the self-proclaimed “King of Helleborus” and owner/manager of Sunshine Farm & Gardens (http://www.sunfarm.com/), a mail-order plant nursery nestled on 60 acres on a mountaintop in Greenbrier County, WV. Barry grows more than 10,000 different plants and specializes in native plants and hellebores. He can be reached at 304.497.2208 or mailto:[email protected]

    Join ASLA: Membership Benefits

    Visit the ASLA National membership page: http://www.asla.org/join.aspx

    For more than 100 years, ASLA has promoted the practice of landscape architecture and advanced the profession through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. ASLA members enjoy many benefits and discounts with their annual dues but the value of membership extends far beyond discounts. Joining ASLA is an asset to your professional development.

    Check out this video to see why you should join ASLA today!

    Green Infrastructure: Nature’s Way

    Wade Trim

    West Creek Stream Restoration Project, Parma, Ohio by Wade Trim

    A natural approach to the problem of stormwater runoff and combined sewer overflow has been the idea of green infrastructure—systems and practices that use or mimic natural processes to infiltrate, evapotranspire, or reuse stormwater and runoff on the site where it is generated.

    Many regions and municipalities are working on projects right now that address the important issue of combined sewer overflow. Many older cities must reduce the amount of stormwater that overflows into their sewer lines, as mandated by the Clean Water Act.

    The problem with the combined system is that when the rainwater system gets overwhelmed, it can put raw sewage directly into the storm runoff receptacle. That means streams, rivers and Lake Erie are seeing more sewage than they bargained for.

    Landscape architects are uniquely positioned to help solve this problem.

    “Our approach with green infrastructure is that it’s not a silver bullet,” says David Anthony of Cleveland-based Wade Trim. “It is a part of a toolbox as you explore a long-term control plan for combined sewer overflow.”

    Anthony says it’s a challenge for communities to pay for these projects over a declining population base—many of which have been decreed by the Department of Justice. And they need creative ways to address the problem.

    “It’s a situation where … green infrastructure and a gray solution, that combined solution hasn’t been fully vetted yet,” he says. “The new technology we’re working on has pretty small data sets. We need more data to prove that the technology works to achieve the end product to remove stormwater from the combined system.”

    Wade Trim is in the early stages of working with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District on the management of its stormwater program.

    Green infrastructure can also be seen as a modification of a gray infrastructure: streets, roofs, parking lots, and city storm water and sewer systems.

    In addition to countless municipal projects underway throughout the state, one of the most recognizable examples of a green infrastructure project is at the Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden in Bexley, which has been a showcase of sustainability for the past 15 years.

    The use of permeable pavers in the driveway and parking lot are a great example of green infrastructure, according to Gary Meisner of Meisner + Associates/ Land Vision in Cincinnati. Rather than water flowing quickly off of a paved surface and into the storm drains, permeable pavers allow water to flow to plant-covered ground where it can be slowly absorbed.

    Springfield

    Springfield Regional Medical Center Green Roof, Springfield, Ohio by Meisner + Associates

    Meisner also worked on the green roof at the Springfield Regional Medical Center in Springfield, Ohio. “It’s combining functional storm water management with aesthetics, which is important for planning and design.”

    Hospitals have been setting standards for this kind of work, Meisner adds. “There are many different ways to be green. Each assignment has its own potential.”

    Anthony notes: “As we move forward in the next five years, we will use green infrastructure as a way to create stormwater features that fit within the context of neighborhoods.”

    If your firm has a green infrastructure case study it would like to share, please contact us at:

    [email protected].

    Transportation Enhancements: Building a Better Future

    URS

    Euclid Avenue Corridor Healthline, Cleveland, Ohio by URS Corporation

    The public funding appropriated to Transportation Enhancement projects has given landscape architecture a vibrant role in the design of streetscapes, multipurpose trails and environmental and scenic revitalization.

    With Ohio landscape architecture firms at the helm, local entities are getting funding assistance, design leadership and guidance to see their projects come to fruition.

    One of Ohio’s largest Transportation Enhancement Program projects in recent history was the Euclid Avenue Corridor Healthline enhancement in downtown Cleveland. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and the City of Cleveland commissioned URS Corporation to conduct the conceptual and preliminary design of an improved streetscape.

    “It was built to enhance transit by shortening the ride, but also as an economic development tool,” said Thomas M. Evans, Manager, Landscape Architecture/Green Infrastructure Design Services at URS in Cleveland.

    Landscaped medians and sidewalk streetscape design improved the physical appearance of the corridor and the public transit experience. The area has seen multibillion-dollar business investments since the project was finished.

    URS also worked on the adjacent E. 14th streetscape, commissioned by PlayhouseSquare and partially funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to continue the Euclid Avenue urban aesthetic. The north sidewalk was widened by four feet to allow pedestrian flow and room for outdoor cafes, and more than 100 in-ground LED lights add a theatrical feel to the PlayhouseSquare District.

    The Panhandle Passage Trail in Dennison, Ohio, is being developed by Akron-based Floyd Browne Group as an initiative of the Tuscarawas County Trail and Greenspace Plan. The plan will provide for a multipurpose paved trail linking the Twin Cities of Uhrichsville and Dennison along the Little Stillwater Creek Greenway.

    Dennis Mersky, Senior Principal at Floyd Browne Group, said it’s a great example of federal dollars filtering down to local planning projects: “This involves a series of initiatives, including the Ohio & Erie Canal Coalition and Tuscarawas County. There are many partners and we serve a design leadership role.”

    The project is aimed at stimulating tourism in a rural area as well as providing residents with green space and protection of Little Stillwater Creek.

    Mersky said the transportation enhancement program is an innovative segment of landscape architecture. “It’s providing an alternate way to experience the landscape, to find forgotten sights.”

    From restoration to urban growth and development, the Transportation Enhancements program provides the opportunity for innovative and constructive thinking. Ohio landscape architectural firms are playing a key role in changing and reinventing how people get to work or school, run errands and experience their everyday journeys.

    There have been efforts made recently by some government officials to reduce or eliminate the TE program funding. At this time, those efforts await legislative action. ASLA strongly supports the reauthorization of the TE program, as the benefits of this program provide key opportunities for both community transportation projects and landscape architects alike. The continuation of this program will allow Ohio landscape architectural firms to continue to “move” the next generation.

    If your firm has a TE program case study you would like to share please contact us at:

     [email protected]

    Three Rules of Career Management for 2012

    The biggest difference between today's employment world and that of our fathers' is the rapid pace of corporate change. Expectations of company stability and long lasting employment are a thing of the past. If one isn't tuned into the signals of corporate change it can mean an unexpected layoff and months of unemployment and job searching. Do you have a career management plan to ensure your career growth in times of corporate chaos?

    To prevent career disaster, live by these three rules of career management:

    Expect Change

    Adjust quickly to change

    Build a strong professional network in good times

    1. Expect change

    Change in the work place is far less traumatic when it is expected as the norm. One of the most important career management skills is the ability to detect signs of corporate change. For instance:

    * Rumors of corporate merger or takeover

    * Corporate profit levels spiraling downward

    * No end-of-year bonuses given

    * Hints of layoffs to trim the budget

    * Upper management suddenly resigning

    * Your peers jumping ship to the competition

    Don't get caught off guard by holding on to a false sense of security or displaced loyalty. Those who fear change trust corporate loyalty rather than face the reality of their precarious position in the corporate food chain. Expect change and keep your eyes and ears open—or you could be the last in line when it's time to find new career opportunities.

    Don't wait for change to strike. While your job is secure and your work environment is stable, take steps to keep your skills highly desirable in the job market. For starters:

    * Stay current with technology trends of your industry

    * Get certified if appropriate

    * Keep your resume current at all times

    * Be ready to interview at a moment's notice

    2. Adjust quickly to change

    Your ability to keep your career momentum building in the midst of corporate chaos depends on your skill at adjusting quickly to change. First, don't over analyze your dilemma. Too often valuable time is wasted trying to figure out ways to make a bad situation work. Second rule, don't take it personally, or you won't be able to plan your exit strategy clearly. Third, take action as soon as possible.

    If your resume is kept current at all times you will be ahead of the pack when others consider moving on as well. Your resume should be updated every six months. For quick updating keep an ongoing record of your accomplishments as you overcome work challenges.

    Maintaining confidentiality during a job search while still employed is a challenge that requires discretion and level headedness. Ideally, no one in your company should even suspect that you are looking for other employment. Resist the urge to speak to coworkers about your decision for action. Not only do loose lips sink ships, but why put ideas in the minds of others who may become your interview competition? Keep your regular work hours and try to schedule interviews during off-work time. Avoid posting your resume online where your employer may find it.

    3. Build a strong professional network in good times

    One thing that hasn't changed over the decades is the fact that a majority of people still get new positions faster through networking. What used to be called the “good ol' boy system” is as active in the job market as ever. Technology will never replace the need to be connected to a vast network of people who can help you find new career opportunities quickly.

    The problem is that most people ignore their network until they need it. Bad idea. If you haven't kept in touch with former coworkers how will you know how to find them when you need them?

    If your professional network is slim to none, get working on it right now. There are many great venues for building your network: professional associations, college alumni groups and former colleagues to name a few. Take time to meet with non-work people on a regular basis. Get to know them as friends and develop relationships built around mutual interests, friendship and trust. Make relationship building your lifelong habit and you'll never be without help when you need to make a career change.

    More than ever, proactive career management is essential to professional growth. Keep these rules of surviving corporate change as the building blocks of your career management plan and you'll stay in control of your professional growth and income potential.

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    Deborah Walker, Certified Career Management Coach

    Read more career tips and see sample resumes at:

    http://www.alphaadvantage.com/

    email: [email protected]