Building Management Hawaii August/September2013 - (Page 34)
Landscaping, a crucial component of
any property beautification project.
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
“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).
August - September 2013
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
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
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