When most of us think of community or school gardens, we might think of a small patch near the playground, perhaps a raised bed or two with rows of easy-to-grow vegetables. This client had something different in mind and knew Scott Byron and Company could pull it off.Read More
With over 200 crew leaders, laborers and others participating in the 2019 Safety Day event Saturday, April 27th, neither the cold weather nor a late morning blizzard could dampen the interest of those attending.
Scott Byron & Co. considers worker safety its highest priority. At the event, team leaders along with professionals from organizations like Stihl, Juhlie, and even the North Chicago Fire Department demonstrated skills and techniques designed to keep workers out of harm’s way. Some of the equipment used to build and maintain outstanding landscapes is inherently dangerous, including chainsaws, sod cutters, lawn mowers, trimmers, clippers and other hand items. Working with soil, masonry and large boulders is also physically stressful and requires proper technique to avoid injury.Read More
When children arrive for their first day of school at Forrestal Elementary School in North Chicago on August 15th, they will see a dramatic improvement in the appearance of the school. New trees, curb paint, plants, playground mulch, drainage and sidewalk improvements enhance the front of the school, while an outdoor learning lab where children can learn about environmental issues has been constructed in the back area of the school. On Saturday, July 30th, 80 members of Scott Byron & Co. completed this well orchestrated event in under 8 hours as part of a “Hearts in Harmony” volunteer project.Read More
Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Landscape Architecture’s student career fair with my fellow designer, Kristi Krumtinger. Both of us are graduates of the program so it’s a special delight to go back and talk with the students about Mumford and TBH studios, shared professors, and shared experiences. The enthusiasm and passion pouring out of these students have yet to be dampened by budgets, committees, or zoning codes. Though these things all offer means towards creative solutions and collaborations, there’s something about a design that uses pure gold and black granite as design elements that makes me smile (as a classmate of mine had one proposed). The U of I students, both MLA and BLA, presented themselves beautifully with well thought out designs and innovative ideas. One student we interviewed proposed a tornado route that in theory could attract and guide tornadoes around a city. Even as real world limitations take their hold, I hope they always dream and plan as big as they are able. Let the mind of a student never be curtailed!Read More