Stainless Steel Finishes

| March 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

As a follow up to my November Specification News on stainless steel types, this month’s news discusses the finishes available, their number designations, descriptions and uses in the landscape. The surface of Stainless Steel is actually an extremely thin but stable and passive Chromium rich oxide film, on which Stainless Steel relies for its excellent […]

Stainless Steel Alloys

| November 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

One landscape architectural design trend I have noticed over the past several years has been the innovative integration of stainless steel in the exterior built environment. From retaining walls to linear water features, to coping and cladding treatments, stainless steel has repeatedly been the material of choice. Whether selected for its durability, stark contrast to […]

Unit Pavers

| September 1, 2009 | 0 Comments

When preparing concrete unit paver specifications, I still come across paver details indicating stone dust as the setting bed material. Some landscape architects continue to detail stone dust screenings as a setting bed for concrete pavers. However, the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute( ICP), as well as concrete paver manufacturers discourage the use of stone dust […]