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Old 08-27-2014, 06:00 PM
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why are they even doing this? the cost for rock vs just properly planting it and maintaining it would be minimal and it would give you a nice maintenance contract, which will constantly keep you in front of the management company, building your relationship and leading to more projects....just a thought.

if they demand this rock, what are your plans to protect the decking?
irrigation for plants?
Because they can. The amount of money that is being poured into downtown cleveland is crazy. There is a backlog of residential housing within the downtown area that is being rushed to be filled. A lot of old buildings are getting multi million dollar reno's to be turned into concierge level apartments/condos.

If we get the job, they do want to sign a maintenance agreement for this area and a couple others around the building.

3/4" ply will be put down to protect the wood decking. We will also be stripping and re staining the deck if we get the contract. There are several water points up there that we can set up an automated watering system for the grasses. Whether its a drip system or low flow we will see.
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:15 PM
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Because they can. The amount of money that is being poured into downtown cleveland is crazy. There is a backlog of residential housing within the downtown area that is being rushed to be filled. A lot of old buildings are getting multi million dollar reno's to be turned into concierge level apartments/condos.

If we get the job, they do want to sign a maintenance agreement for this area and a couple others around the building.

3/4" ply will be put down to protect the wood decking. We will also be stripping and re staining the deck if we get the contract. There are several water points up there that we can set up an automated watering system for the grasses. Whether its a drip system or low flow we will see.
So you are going to hand dig the beds, dump into a dingo which then dumps it over the edge?

One other thought, you may want to recommend adding some perennial color...maybe separate yourself from the competition a bit more, grasses offer a nice texture but no vivid colors people enjoy. Again just a thought..
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:11 PM
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The telehandler with bucket will reach over that wall. The dingo or pt30 will scrape out the beds and dump into the telehandler's bucket which, when full, will dump into one of our waiting trucks below to be hauled away. This keeps us from having to build a chute to control the drift of soil when dumping 35 feet below.

I recommended using large, geometric shaped planters in high gloss blue, black, red sheens (using the building's themed colors) for some of the grasses to add height variations. I also picked a selection of grasses that bring in more color in addition to standard shades of green.

I don't like the idea of the all black stone either. I prefer the standard gravel colors especially now that the suppliers are getting more grays/blue hue rather than browns and tans.

We will have to have a discussion with the designers about the heat levels. The black stone on top of the all concrete balcony will radiate heat long after the sun has gone down.
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