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The Budget is Part of the Project

Carl Kelemen, FASLA “gets it”!  He is quoted in the July issue of Landscape Architect and Specifier News discussing the importance of taking maintenance into consideration when designing landscapes:

“If you’re lucky enough to have a Bill Gates wallet, you can go crazy and create a beautiful picture . . . and end up creating a maintenance nightmare that costs a fortune to maintain . . . If you can find someone who knows how.  The real key, in my opinion, is to be able to come up with a design solution that’s not only buildable, but maintainable by people who are also faced with limited budgets.”

To do otherwise is foolish!   Landscape architects must understand the ramifications of their designs in terms of “cause and effect” – how their design decisions impact the ongoing  budgets of those who must manage and maintain these landscapes.  Mr Keleman understands how to design to a maintenance budget – do you?  He is raising the bar for everyone.

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