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Brightview Announces New Associate
Date Posted:
June 18, 2017

chewMack Chew has joined the firm as an Associate.  He has managed commercial projects both nationally and internationally, including urban design, campus, and resort master planning.  Additionally, Mack has experience in 3D visualization as well as visual impact analysis.  Some of his most notable projects include the master planning and design for the Intuit Campus in Mountain View, CA; the 2008 Beijing Olympics Green Competition; and the UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco.

Mack adds to the Group’s diversity with a background that encompasses architectural design and event production. He uses this to enrich all of his projects, creating unique and robust design solutions.  www.naturallygreatdesign.com

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Congratulations to our 2017 ASLA Student Honor and Merit Award Recipients
Date Posted:
May 23, 2017
The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University and the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) at the University of Colorado Denver announced this year’s ASLA Student Awards of Honor and Merit.  Selected students presented their projects to a jury of esteemed practitioners who selected the Honor and Merit recipients.  The student award recipients were recognized at awards luncheons and social events held during the past couple of weeks.  CLICK HERE to read more and see the student recipients.

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JSR Call for Entries

Landscape Architecture Student Scholarship -  entries are due June 7th, 2017  The Jane Silverstein Ries Foundation's student scholarship application is now open. To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in an accredited landscape architecture program that will result in a Bachelors or Masters of Landscape Architecture.

JSR Award for Stewardship of Natural and Urban Lands - entries are due June 26th, 2017  The JSR Foundation Award is an annual tradition that recognizes a person, group or organization that demonstrates a pioneering sense of awareness and stewardship of land-use values in the Rocky Mountain region.

For more information and to apply, visit www.jsrfoundation.org

The JSR Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving public spaces. We support sustainability and stewardship of the natural and designed landscapes in the Rocky Mountain Region through educational endeavors and public awareness. Whether promoting the quality of the built environment or stewardship of the natural landscape, we assure that the spirit of place endures. The JSR Foundation is the charitable arm of the American Society of Landscape Architects Colorado Chapter. 
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ASLA Advocacy Leadership Award Winner: 
David Sprunt, ASLA Colorado Vice President Government Affairs
Date Posted:
May 3, 2017

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At the ASLA midyear meeting in Washington DC on April 26-29, ASLA Colorado was presented the Advocacy Leadership Award for David Sprunt.  This is one of three awards in the program recognizing rising advocacy stars, established advocacy leaders, and chapter of the year advocacy efforts.

With great enthusiasm, the jury recited the following during the announcement ‘David recognizes the importance of using his passion for the profession to motivate fellow professionals to action.  What is especially striking about his efforts is the fact that he has never actually practiced landscape architecture.  As a second career professional, joining landscape architecture after a long career in the Coast Guard, David has thrown an incredible amount of energy into this effort, expressing no regard to how it might benefit him personally.’  They concluded by stating how David’s efforts will be a model for other states as deregulation efforts continue to spread.

CLICK HERE for more info.

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Denver Digs Trees Volunteer Opportunities -
April 12th, 14th, & 15th
Date Posted:
February 28, 2017
Denver Digs Trees, a branch of The Park People, is a local urban forestry program focused on helping residents cultivate greener, healthier, more livable communities through annually distributing medium and large sized shade trees to be planted throughout the City of Denver. As a show of our support for this program and local urban communities, ASLA Colorado will be organizing groups of member volunteers to participate in April. CLICK HERE for more details or contact Will Coleman at [email protected]dotted_line2

Design Concepts Announces New Staff
Date Posted:
December 15, 2016

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Design Concepts, an award-winning community and landscape architecture firm, announced new staff hires as it continues to grow locally and expand nationally. Sara Morse joined the firm as a designer with recent experience in parks, recreation, cultural landscapes, rural towns and education. Aynslee Havenridge offers a unique mix of experience including research assistant and junior landscape designer for the Colorado Center for Community Development.

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Durango Train Ride
Date Posted:
October 3, 2016

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Landscape Architecture professionals from Colorado and New Mexico joined Maglin Site Furniture on Saturday, September 24th for a ride on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The event included a historic figure from Durango who talked about the history of Silverton, Durango and the train itself, local fauna & flora and other interesting information. A bus ride back to Durango provided more gorgeous scenery, rife with iconic Colorado views of bright yellow and orange fall colors graced with just a bit of snow, awesome peaks and misty clouds and sunshine. Thanks to Maglin for the opportunity.

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ASLA Annual Gathering
Date Posted:
September 29, 2016

la-annual-gathering-image-2016-2The 2016 Annual Gathering and Awards Event was held on Friday, September 23 at the Denver Botanic Gardens.  Approximately 125 landscape architects, friends and supporters were in attendance which made this the largest ASLA Colorado event in several years.  The event featured Keynote Speaker Mark Johnson, JSR Awards, JSR Silent Auction, and 21 Design and Planning Awards.   David Sprunt, Vice President of Government Affairs received the Volunteer of the Year Award from President Jeff Zimmermann.  Thanks to all the Annual Sponsors and Event Sponsors for helping make this event a spectacular success.


In Memory of Dick Marshall, FASLA
Date Posted:
September 20, 2016

marshall Those of you who crossed paths with Dick knew him to be a passionate landscape architect and urban designer who has been involved in Denver civic and design issues for the past four decades. Dick lent a keen eye to planning and design work at DHM, and was awarded the greatest distinction of Fellowship in the American Society of Landscape Architecture for his contributions to the profession as a whole. In addition to being a committed citizen and design advocate, Dick was a warm, funny and engaging person, a great family man and a good friend.  He will be missed terribly.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Ducks unlimited (ducks.org), Denver Hospice (thedenverhospice.org), or The Max Fund (maxfund.org), or your favorite charity in Dick's name.

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Design Concepts Celebrates 35 Years
Date Posted: 
August 10, 2016

Lafayette, Colorado . . . August, 2016 ⎯ Design Concepts, an award-winning community and landscape architecture firm, celebrates 35 years creating innovative outdoor spaces and enhancing communities. CLICK HERE for the press release.

Smart Irrigation Month Proclamation
Date Posted:
 June 28, 2016

The Irrigation Association first launched Smart Irrigation Month in July 2005 to increase public awareness of the value of water-use efficiency and water-saving products, practices and services. The initiative is designed to:

  • Educate homeowners, businesses, growers and other users about simple ways to save money and water.
  • Encourage industry firms and professionals to promote smart irrigation practices and technologies to customers.
  • Help water providers minimize peak water use and reduce demands on infrastructure in their communities.
  • Reinforce the role efficient irrigation plays in providing real solutions to today’s water challenges.

All industry professionals and businesses are encouraged to find creative ways to participate in Smart Irrigation Month and to pursue proclamations by their state and municipal governments. Visit the Smart Irrigation Month website for sample proclamation language.

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Temple Buell Scholarship
Date Posted:
 June 13, 2016

The $30,000 Rotary Temple Buell Ambassadorial Scholarship is awarded annually by Rotary District 5450 to an individual who lives in the seven county Metro area of Denver Colorado, to study architecture and related studies at an accredited Foreign University. The Rotary Temple Buell Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee is in the process of receiving qualified applicants to study abroad for the 2017/18 year.  Information and applications for the Scholarship can be obtained by visiting the District 5450 Website.

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EAB Detected in Longmont
Date Posted: 
June 13, 2016

The Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in the City of Longmont on Monday, June 6. It remains in a quarantine area.  CLICK HERE for the press release.

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ASLA Call for Committee Service
Date Posted: 
May 31, 2016

The annual call for ASLA committee service is open. Help shape the Society's programs and services by volunteering to serve on an ASLA committee. CLICK HERE to view a list of the committee's and their charges.

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May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
(SAFE Gardening)
Date Posted: 
May 2, 2016

In honor of the National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month that occurs in May, the Society for Allergy Friendly Environmental (SAFE) Gardening invites you to join us in making schoolyards a healthier place for our children by replacing highly allergenic producing trees and plants that incite allergies and asthma with allergy-friendly selections.  www.safegardening.org

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Colorado Homes and Lifestyles
Looking for talented Design Makers
Date Posted:
April 25, 2016

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Colorado Homes and Lifestyles is looking for talented Design Makers to promote their work in the upcoming June/July issue. CH&L’s reader base consist of 75,000 individuals from around the state that are interested in design, style, architecture and gardens. Use this to promote your work to the clients that you want to have! If you or someone you know is interested please contact Linda Monroe at [email protected].

More Information (pdf)

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In Memory of Ron Bevans
Date Posted:
April 20, 2016

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Ron Bevans passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. He was a long-time leader in ASLA Colorado and served as president in 2001. Ron was a very talented landscape architect and project manager.  He will be terribly missed as a leader and mentor at N.E.S. Inc. and as part of the Colorado Springs design community.
An education fund for Ron's son, Cameron, has been established at Wells Fargo Bank. The family has asked that donations be made to the Cameron Bevans Education Fund, Account # 1699215461, at any Wells Fargo Bank location.

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ASLA FIRM SPRING SOCIAL
Date Posted:
April 13, 2016

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Over 70 participants attended the ASLA Colorado Spring Social at Hord Coplan Macht on Thursday, April 7th.  The attendees comprised of members and non-members and served as a membership drive for the association.  It was exciting to see many familiar firm Principals and emerging professionals mingling throughout the evening.  Special thanks to HCM for hosting the event and to Craig Stoffel and Brian Nicholson for organizing this event.  The event sponsors were Pavestone LLC, Hydrosystems-KDI, and Omega II Fence Systems who all deserve special appreciation.

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DESIGN CONCEPTS PROMOTES DAVE PETERSON
Date Posted:
November 17, 2015

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Design Concepts, announced the promotion of Dave Peterson to Associate in August 2014.  Dave joined the firm in 2004 as a landscape architect and has helped grow the firm’s comprehensive GIS mapping capabilities for master planning and parks and recreation planning projects.  “Dave’s long-term commitment to the firm and his unique blend of expertise are invaluable to our future success.  He will be instrumental in continuing to build one of our most unique service offerings that is sought after by community planners across the country,” stated Carol Henry, president of the firm.

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studioINSITE ADDS ELLEN FIZSIMMONS
Date Posted:
November 17, 2015

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studioINSITE, LLC, of Denver and Omaha, is pleased to announce that Ellen Fitzsimmons has joined the firm as Senior Urban Planner.  An Omaha native and graduate of Creighton University, Ellen brings 12 years of urban planning experience to studioINSITE.  Building upon studioINSITE's renowned planning and visioning services, Ellen's regional knowledge, leadership skills, and strong research and writing abilities expand our planning services for downtown, neighborhood and campus environments throughout the Rocky Mountain and Midwest regions.

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RUBBA AND BATES INSTALLED AS FELLOWS
Date Posted:
November 17, 2015

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Congratulations to Dennis Rubba of studioINSITE and Mary Bates of DHM Design Group.  Dennis and Mary were installed as ASLA Fellows on November 8, 2015 at the induction ceremony at the ASLA National Annual Meeting and Expo in Chicago.

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MARK TABOR HONORED AT ASLA NATIONAL
Date Posted:
November 9, 2015

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On November 6, 2015 outgoing Trustee Mark Tabor was honored with a special recognition for six years of service as the ASLA Colorado Trustee to ASLA National during the 2015 Annual Meeting and Expo in Chicago Illinois.

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OCTOBER SKETCH CRAWL IN BOULDER
Date Posted:
October 21, 2015

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On October 17, 2015 seven design professionals (architects, landscape architects, and an interior designer) gathered along Boulder Creek for some great sketching then headed to higher ground at Settler’s Park to sketch some red rock outcroppings.  The weather was great.  They wrapped up the day on the Pearl Street Mall where they planned future events

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21st Annual Pheasant Hunt
Date Posted:
September 30, 2015

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The 21st Annual ASLA Colorado Pheasant Hunt took place at Rocky Mountain Roosters in Calhan, Colorado on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015. Attendees included 28 men and women landscape architects, suppliers, contractors and guests. Shown in the photo is Jason Beaner of JBK Landscape who won the Rain Bird sponsored Browning BPS shotgun, the dream of every bird hunter. Raffle sales and sponsorship raised over $600 for the Jane Silverstein Ries Foundation.

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MUNDUS BISHOP FEATURED ON COVER OF JULY LAM
Date Posted:
July 14, 2015

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Mundus Bishop gets a feature story in the July 2015 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (and the cover, too!) The article Star Witness, showcases Denver’s Babi Yar Park and how Tina Bishop led the effort to rehabilitate the site and bring greater clarity to the park’s design. You can read more about Mundus Bishop and Babi Yar Park in the digital issue of LAM.

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WELCOME NEW ASLA FELLOWS
Date Posted:
July 8, 2015

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Dennis Rubba, of studioINSITE, received his nomination, in Works, from the Colorado Chapter. Rubba has had a lifelong acumen for design and passion for the outdoors. Throughout his career, he has shown a breadth of extraordinary design ability that includes large-scale master planning down to the most intricate design details. With more than 200 design awards and 800 built projects over 30 years, he is nationally known as a masterful landscape architect.

Mary Bates, of DHM Design Group, received her nomination, for Service, from the Florida Chapter. Selfless commitment to leadership and service has made Bates a profound influence on the careers of students and professionals alike. She is a strong mentor and role model who has broadened public awareness of landscape architecture and introduced the next generation to the profession. Note, Mary is now in Colorado.

For more information on both of the new Fellows go to http://www.asla.org/land/LandArticle.aspx?id=46717

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ASLA COLORADO TEAMS UP FOR MUD LAKE TRAIL RESTORATION
Date Posted:
June 29, 2015

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Half a dozen ASLA members teamed up with Boulder County Parks and Open Space and members from the Red Cross on a sunny day in Nederland on Saturday, June 13th.  The group worked together to help restore trails after previous fire mitigation efforts and met afterwards to enjoy lunch together.  A special thanks to Boulder County staff for providing the group with generous amount of refreshments and an insight into the restoration process.

Image Credit: Qiaochen Liu
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MAY 2015 SKETCH DENVER EVENT
Date Posted:
May 26, 2015

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The inaugural ASLA Colorado Sketch Denver event on May 16, 2015 had an incredible turnout and was a huge success.  Thirty six eager urban sketchers participated on Saturday which was twice our anticipated volume!  A big thank you to Brian Nicholson with RNL and Craig Stoffel with DHM for organizing the event along with Rob Colonder with Anova Furnishings for sponsoring the event.  Anova supplied the group with sketch books and umbrellas for the hardy group that stuck it out in the rain and reconvened at Union Station.  We received a lot of feedback and heard a strong desire to do additional events this year.  The organizers will be targeting a few more dates and will update the ASLA Colorado calendar shortly.  We really appreciate everyone’s participation and feedback this weekend, it is your involvement that will allow the Colorado Chapter to continue planning and refining our events.
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PESTICIDE BILL SIGNED INTO LAW
Date Posted:
May 26, 2015

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Senate Bill SB 15-119 which extends the regulation of pesticide applicators by the Colorado Department of Agriculture until 2024 has been signed into law by the Governor.  ASLA Colorado testified in support of this bill and actively worked to help secure its passage.  Thanks to David Sprunt and the Government Affairs Committee.  For more information on this and other bills in the 2015 legislative session go to: State Bills Colorado.

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COLORADO GREEN MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS
ASLA COLORADO 2014 DESIGN AWARDS
Date Posted:
May 13, 2015

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In the May/June 2015 issue of Colorado Green Magazine, the 2014 ASLA Colorado Design Awards recipients are recognized with a full-page feature article.  Congratulations again to the 2014 Design Awards winners.  The Call for Entries for the 2015 Design Awards will be published in early June and the awards ceremony is planned at a special event in Denver on October 9th, details to follow.

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THANKS TO JAMESTOWN VOLUNTEERS
Date Posted:
May 13, 2015

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Jamestown sends thanks to the Landscape Architects who volunteered in the restoration project and offered advice and suggestions for action following the 2013 flooding that destroyed so much.  Their message says, “your participation in this project has made a difference for those residents who needed a boost”.  There are also garden groups forming and here is the link for those who may be interested: Garden Groups

For more information contact Nina Andaloro at [email protected].

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NEWS FROM DESIGN CONCEPTS
Date Posted:
May 8, 2015

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Design Concepts has hired Roger Burkart, PLA, Amber Hernandez, and Benjamin Simms.  Also, Jenny Crehore has received her MBA from Regis University.

For more information see:
Design Concepts Press Release - 5-6-15

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ASLA SPRING SOCIAL AT RNL
Date Posted:
May 5, 2015

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Close to forty members participated in the ASLA Colorado Spring Social at RNL on Thursday, April 30.  The attendees collaborated on creating the 2015 ASLA Colorado event calendar and many new faces mingled with veterans to brainstorm new ideas for the association.  Special thanks to RNL for hosting and to  Brian Nicholson for organizing this event.  The event sponsors were Downs and Associates, Pavestone LLC, and Anova and they deserve special appreciation.

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SLATERPAULL | HORD COPLAN MACHT ADDS ROBYN BARTLING
Date Posted:
April 28, 2015

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SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht announces that the firm has added Robyn Bartling, PLA, ASLA, to its Denver office to lead the new landscape architecture studio.  Bartling brings over 16 years of industry experience as a landscape architect, designer and project manager. She will manage landscape architecture services for the office’s existing projects and assist with expanding the practice.

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DOORS OPEN DENVER 2015
Date Posted:
April 28, 2015

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ASLA Colorado hosted several tours this year as part of Doors Open Denver.  This photo features an “Insider Tour” with ASLA Colorado members Pat Mundus and Mike Weir who guided participants from Washington Park to Cheesman Park.  Features of the Denver Parks and Parkways and key items of historical interest were identified.  Other ASLA tours included: the Golden Triangle (Susan McCabe and Connie Perry), Central Platte Valley Parks (Civitas Team), and Doubling Downtown- Lower Downtown Development (Design Workshop Team).  ASLA Colorado’s booth at Union Station featured brochures, magazines, and copies of the 2015 Colorado Design Journal as giveaways.

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HB 15-1197
GOVERNMENT INDEMNIFICATION BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Date Posted:
April 28, 2015

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On Friday, April 10, 2015 HB 15-1197 was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper.  ASLA Colorado actively supported this measure and worked with a coalition of several trade and professional groups to draft the legislation and to secure its passage.  The new law basically prevents local governments from assigning liability on construction projects to the designers when the problem was not the fault of the designer.  For a copy of the Act click here: http://statebillinfo.com/bills/bills/15/1197_enr.pdf

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FEBRUARY DENVER CREATIVE SOCIAL CLUB
Date Posted:
March 31, 2015

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The first Denver Creative Social Club event was held on February 25, 2015.  Approximately 20 ASLA Colorado members gathered on a snowy evening at the Dean’s Gallery, University of Colorado Denver where the Dan Kiley Exhibit Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley was on display.  Special thanks to the Cultural Landscape Foundation for sponsoring the exhibit (ASLA Colorado was a financial supporter).

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ASLA TESTIFIES IN HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
Date Posted:
March 11, 2015

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David Sprunt, Vice President Government Affairs, testified before the Colorado House Judiciary Committee (in the Old Supreme Court Chamber) on February 26, 2015 in support of HB 15-1197.  This legislation will prevent public sector entities (mostly municipalities) from shifting the financial responsibility of contractors to design professionals (subcontractors) in the event of lawsuits relating to construction contracts.  The measure passed unanimously and was referred to the full House.  The ASLA Colorado Executive Board had previously voted to support the measure.  ASLA Colorado is working closely with our ally the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado on this measure. For updates on this and other bills click here.

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ASLA COLORADO TESTIFIES IN COLORADO SENATE
Date Posted:
February 10, 2015

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David Sprunt, Government Affairs Committee Chair, testified before the Senate Agriculture Committee on February 5, 2015 in support of SB 15-119.  This measure reauthorizes the Pesticide Applicators’ Act which expires this year.  The ASLA Colorado Board of Directors voted to support this measure which has broad support from a large coalition of over 30 associations.  For updates on this and other bills click here.

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DAN KILEY EXHIBIT OPENS AT UCD
Date Posted:
February 10, 2015

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On January 26, 2015 the Dan Kiley Photographic Exhibit opened at the University of Colorado  Denver with special comments by Ann Komara, Kate Kiley, and Chris Dun. Dan Kiley (1912-2012) was one of the most important and influential Modernist landscape architects of his time. The Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Colorado-Denver is hosting the Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley, a traveling photographic exhibition celebrating Kiley's life and career from January 26 to February 28, 2014 in the Dean's Gallery. The exhibition, created by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), features 45 vibrant photographs documenting the current state of some of Kiley's most significant designs.   ASLA Colorado is a financial supporter of this exhibit.  More Information>>

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2015 ASLACO BOOTH AT PROGREEN EXPO
Date Posted:
January 15, 2015

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The ASLA Colorado booth at the 2015 Pro Green Expo in Denver featured design boards from previous year’s competitions, the special ASLA Colorado brochure on Landscape Architecture, and complimentary copies of the 2014 Premier Edition of the Colorado Design Journal (featuring the 2013 Design Award Winners).  Special thanks to Kerry White for coordinating the booth and to the booth volunteers including David Sprunt, Deryn Davidson, Robb Berg, Kurt Munding, and Don Godi.

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STAN CLAUSON WELCOMES DEVON SANTY
Date Posted:
January 6, 2015

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Stan Clauson Associates, Inc. welcomes Devon Santy to their firm.  Devon joins SCA as a landscape designer and planner.  He previously worked for Boulder County, where he assisted residents with floor recovery efforts.  With an undergraduate degree in geology and a Master’s Degree in landscape architecture from Cal Poly Pomona, Devon has a wide range of experience including work for the National Park Service, a municipal parks department, and a private landscape architecture firm.

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COLORADO DESIGN JOURNAL
Date Posted:
January 6, 2015

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The Inaugural Edition of the Colorado Design Journal is a 91 page printed color publication featuring the 2013 ASLA Colorado Design Awards.  It is made available to our members thanks to the generous contributions of numerous sponsors.  Thousands of free copies were distributed at the ASLA National Meeting and Expo in Denver in November 2014 and more will be made available throughout the year (2015) at various ASLA Colorado events.

Copies can be sent by priority mail for a nominal shipping and handling charge of $5.00 each (less for bulk orders).  To place an order and pay by credit card contact ASLA Colorado at [email protected] or phone Greg Williams at 303-748-0321.  A pdf can be downloaded from this link: Colorado Design Journal, please note that it is a large file (over 322 MB).

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