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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 nina.andaloro@jamestownco.org.

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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 info@aslacolorado.org 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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DESIGN CONCEPTS PROMOTES ERIK SPRING
Date Posted:
December 9, 2014

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Design Concepts, an award-winning Colorado based community and landscape architecture firm, announced Erik Spring has been promoted to Associate.  Erik Spring joined the firm in 2002 and is instrumental implementing valuable firm initiatives.  Recognized for elevating awareness of unique opportunities such as new technologies, Erik’s contributions have added new value to the firm’s already renowned abilities and expertise.
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VALLEYCREST DESIGN GROUP NAMES ELIOT HOYT PRINCIPAL
Date Posted:
December 2, 2014

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ValleyCrest Design Group, one of the nation’s largest landscape architecture practices, is continuing to strengthen its Denver office by promoting Eliot Hoyt, LEED GA to Principal.  Recently, Eliot has led ValleyCrest Design Group’s master planning and design efforts for the Stanly Ranch Resort, a new 95-acre, five-star residential resort in Napa Valley, California; has supported various park planning and programming efforts for the Great Park Neighborhoods of Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California; and continues to serve on the Aerotropolis Planning Team for Denver International Airport.  For more information contact Kate Douglas Kestyn at kkestyn@valleycrest.com.

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ASLA ANNUAL MEETING AND EXPO
Date Posted:
November 26, 2014

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The 2014 National Convention in Denver wrapped up on November 24, 2014 and according to an announcement at the Chapter President's Council this was the largest Expo ever.  Congratulations to all the ASLA Colorado volunteers who helped make things happen including the many Chapter Booth Volunteers.

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20TH ANNUAL ASLACO PHEASANT HUNT
Date Posted:
October 2, 2014

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The 20th annual ASLA Colorado Pheasant Hunt took place at Rocky Mountain Roosters in Calhan, Colorado on Thursday, September 25, 2014. Attendees included 34 men and woman landscape architects, suppliers, contractors and guests. The event was dedicated to the late Frank Parker (JBK Landscape) who was an avid hunter and long-time supporter of the hunt. Frank's wife attended the hunt.   Through donations and raffle sales the event raised over $2,100 for the Jane Silverstein Ries Foundation.

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COLORADO GEOLOGIC SURVEY ENCOURAGED TO REVISE PUBLICATION 43
Date Posted:
October 2, 2014

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ASLA Colorado joined with the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado in a joint letter on September 15, 2014 to the Colorado Geologic Survey encouraging a revision to Publication 43 (2007) regarding landscape drainage and expansive soils. The key issue in the letter relates to the best practice for landscape/site design and construction around foundations, particularly in terms of multi-family and higher density units.

Editor’s Note: On October 8, 2014 the Colorado Geological Survey responded to our joint letter and said “Your suggested edits will be made in the next printing of SP=43, which should occur sometime in the next few months.”  Congratulations to Don Godi and Robb Berg for their work on this.

For a copy of this letter click here.

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2014 JSR STUDENT AWARD
Date Posted:
October 2, 2014

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John Birkey, President of The Jane Silverstein Ries Foundation presented Kate Davenport of the University of Colorado Denver with the annual Jane Silverstein Ries Student Award and a check for $2,000 for her accomplishment in landscape architecture for the Rocky Mountain Region. This highly competitive award was presented at the 3rd Annual ASLA Colorado End of Summer Social on September 11, 2014. Congratulations to Kate. For more information on the JSR foundation please go to www.jsrfoundation.org.

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2014 3RD ANNUAL END OF SUMMER SOCIAL
Date Posted:
September 22, 2014

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Over 100 hardy souls turned out for the 3rd Annual ASLA Colorado End of Summer Social on September 11 despite the rain and unseasonably cold evening temperatures.  Congratulations to all who attended. Thanks again to the event sponsors including Goodland Construction whose logo is not on the banner but they contributed at the event.  Thank you to all of our Annual Sponsors and our End of Summer Social Sponsors.

Special thanks to Vivian Kovacs of Landscape Forms, Kurt Munding of Munding Design, and Kelly Moore of Civitas for all their hard work and free time as volunteers coordinating this event.

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ASLA CO BOULDER SOCIAL
Date Posted:
September 3, 2014

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The Boulder area summer social held on August 14 and hosted by DTJ DESIGN treated members to great local food and drink including from The Post Brewing Co. and Boulder Ice Cream.  Quint Redmond of AgriNETx shared his work in changing world food systems through the concept of Agriburbia that integrates aspects of agrarianism with land development. Mikl Brawner of Harlequin's Gardens shared his extensive of knowledge about local plants and the important role organic gardening plays in our profession.  DTJ provided custom Colorado raffle prizes to attendees.  The event was sponsored by Churchich Recreation.

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DESIGN CONCEPTS ANNOUNCES NEW LEARNING LANDSCAPES
Date Posted:
August 27, 2014

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Design Concepts recently announced the grand opening celebration of a new Learning Landscape at Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST), Conservatory Green Middle School, and High Tech Elementary School.

See the Press Release (pdf)  for more information.

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ACT II OF THE 2014 SUMMER FILM SERIES
ON AUGUST 7 AT TAXI
Date Posted:
August 15, 2014

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The second ASLA Colorado Movie Night series was scheduled for July 31 but was moved to August 7 due to the rainy week.  There were 14 hardy souls in attendance at the rescheduled event despite some lingering drizzle and rain.  The featured outdoor film was “Art in the 21st Century”.  The third and final film will be scheduled for September.  Thanks to Landscape Forms and ANOVA for sponsoring this event.

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ASLACO BUSINESS BOOT CAMP
Date Posted:
August 13, 2014

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The first of four sessions in the ASLA Colorado Business Boot Camp series was held at CPS Distributors in Westminster on Thursday, August 7, 2014.  This session focused on Design Budgets and Contracts.  Speakers included Dean Pearson from the Architerra Group, Steve Coughran from Coughran Consulting, and Sue Rossberg from the RMH Group.  For information on the three remaining sessions send an email to info@aslacolorado.org.  Photo from the November 2013 session.

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VALLEYCREST DESIGN GROUP HIRES NEW STAFF
Date Posted:
July 18, 2014

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ValleyCrest Design Group is pleased to announce the following additions to its Denver office.  Kartika Rachmawati, PLA, LEED and Amina Adnan both bring unique skills to the firm. For more information, please see the New Staff Press Release.

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ACT I of the 2014 Summer Film Series on June 26 at TAXI
Date Posted: July 1, 2014

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ASLA Colorado had 22 people show up at TAXI's outdoor theater for ACT 1 of the Summer Film Series: "The Human Scale". It was a great documentary that challenged our assumptions on modernity while investigating the design of public spaces in five cities and how to put people at the center of the equation.   Look for ACT 2 coming out in mid-July!  Thanks to IRONSMITH for sponsoring.  For more information contact Anna Cawrse at acawrse@designworkship.com.

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ASLA CO Elevates Axel Bishop to the Council of Fellows
Date Posted: June 23, 2014

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Axel Bishop, of Design Concepts, received his nomination, for Leadership/Management, from the Colorado Chapter. A leading advocate promoting sustainable landscapes, stormwater management, and learning landscapes in the West, he helped found the Xeriscape Council. He redesigned and codified regional stormwater and drainage systems as naturalized recreational amenities. And he forged new educational frontiers in landscape design for school districts in multiple states. He possesses a unique ability to align citizens and government entities in support of fundamental changes in land design. Many of his ideas are now common practice across America. He also laid the early groundwork to protect the integrity of the practice of landscape architecture for Colorado’s multi-decade re-licensure efforts. His Bachelor of Parks Administration and Landscape Architecture is from Texas Tech University.

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City of Boulder’s Pilot “Parklet” Unveiled
Date Posted: June 10, 2014

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On May 28, 2014 the City of Boulder’s pilot “Parklet” project was unveiled in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.  A six-member volunteer team of Landscape Architects called “Doors Open” won the design competition in March and the construction was conducted May 16-18 with the help of “Coalesce” which is a design and metal fabricator.  For more information on this project contact Sandy Brown at 303-618-9262 or email sandyjae@comcast.net.  You can also visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bouldercoloradoparklet.

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2013 Awards Event Media Coverage
Date Posted: June 2, 2014

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The May/June 2014 issue of Colorado Green Magazine (published by the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado for the Rocky Mountain Region) featured highlights of the 2013 ASLA Colorado Awards Event in the “Industry Awards” issue.

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ASLACO Events Postcard - 2nd Quarter
Date Posted: June 2, 2014

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ASLA Colorado’s second event postcard is printed and out.  This is a very special project spearheaded by Kelly Moore of CIVITAS and is our way of getting the word out about various events in the months to come.  Our annual sponsors also receive recognition that they justly deserve.  The cards are available as handouts and if you would like copies contact Kelly at kmoore@civitasinc.com, 303-571-0053 extension 180.

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ASLA National Chapter President’s Council Meetings
Date Posted: May 15, 2014

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ASLA Colorado board members visited members of the Colorado Congressional Delegation as part of the ASLA National Chapter President’s Council meetings in Washington, DC on Thursday, May 15, 2014.  From left to right, David Gregory (President Elect), Mark Tabor (Trustee), Robb Berg (President).

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ASLACO Legislator of the Year Award
Date Posted: March 31, 2014

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In March ASLA Colorado Government Affairs Committee David Sprunt (left) and Executive Director Greg Williams (right) presented Colorado Senate Majority Leader Rollie Heath with the Legislator of the Year award for his work in 2014 on SB 13-161.  ASLA Colorado worked with Senator Heath last year to successfully add reciprocal language to the licensure statute for engineers and architects.  Contact Greg at  info@aslacolorado.org for more information.

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ASLACO New Member Postcard
Date Posted: March 10, 2014

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ASLA Colorado has a new product for members which is an oversize color postcard (approx. 5.5” x 8.5”) that we send out to new, prospective, and lapsed members to encourage their engagement or re-engagement in chapter activities. This project is the brainchild of Kelly Moore, Membership Director.

For extra copies or more information contact Kelly at kelannemoore@gmail.com or call 970-779-0799. Future issues will have sponsor logos on the “mailing label” side which will help increase sponsorships.

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2013 AWARDS EVENT MEDIA COVERAGE
Date Posted: February 5, 2014

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Click Here for the full page piece.  Thanks to CREJ!

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VALLEYCREST DESIGN GROUP HIRES NEW STAFF
Date Posted:
January 27, 2014

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ValleyCrest Design Group is pleased to announce the following additions to its Denver office.  Eliot Hoyt, LEEG GA and Abigail Eichenbaum both bring unique skills to the firm. For more information click here.