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Emerging Trends Landscaping, a crucial component of any property beautification project. By Staff landscaPing I n this summer issue we take a moment to go beyond your building’s four walls. Here are a few of the trends dominating the landscaping industry and delighting clients. With a client base extending from individual homeowners to condominium managers to international hotel developers, the Mechler Corporation—an architectural landscape firm serving the islands since 1993— covers a broad spectrum of projects in size, budget and scope of work. In this update, BMH asks owner and president, Stephen F. Mechler, to describe some of the hot topics and current concerns of his field. “In all of our work we do on an international basis, we incorporate the elements of Hawaii’s tropical plant materials and design in the most positive way. “We are committed to every outdoor project, and can design any number of styles to fit the environment in which we are working, whether it be tropical, sub tropical or temperate,” Mechler says explaining the philosophy behind his company. One of our specialties is to provide on-site field direction during the The garden at Kahala Nui, a retirement community located in a prestigious greater Honolulu neighborhood, was developed outside of the Hiolani Care Center where residents can spend time relaxing in a tropical landscape with a waterfall. The Mechler Corporation handled the entire design for this project, including the waterfall, hardscape (ADA compliant) and landscape (planting, irrigation and lighting). 34 August - September 2013 BMH Living walls or vertical gardens are ideal for buildings with limited gardening space. Pictured here is the living wall section of Kailua Town Center, home of the new Whole Foods Market. installation process. This helps our clients realize the vision that was presented to them in the design process. This invaluable ‘education’ illustrates the practical nature of how the landscape actually develops and matures under the site conditions.” “As plants begin to mature and thrive, they are affected by the everchanging climate and environmental conditions,” he says. “Many of our clients have us conduct periodic landscape assessments to address the landscape changes and also recommend maintenance practices that will provide continued success for the project.”

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Management Hawaii August/September2013

ROOFING Top 3 Roof Savers
Mix It Up: cool roofing, wood shake and solar reflective shingles
Townhomes Cool Off From The Top Down
What’s Trending & Why? Smart and sunny solutions
White Out!
A Good Match: New roof gives local shopping center a fresh look.
Stone Meets Metal For Lasting Roofs
Project Complete: When a project goes right, everyone is happy.
PLUMBING Safe & Simple Drains
Project Repipe
Saved From Spots: Small Things can make a big difference
Repiping With PEX
LANDSCAPING Emerging Trends
Irrigation: Too Much of a Good Thing
On Site: An Exercise of Tolerance

Building Management Hawaii August/September2013