Facility Executive: Keeping Facility Grounds in Top Shape

Facility Executive: Keeping Facility Grounds in Top Shape At commercial facilities, well-kept outside spaces are important to employees and visitors alike

Creating a workplace that aids employee recruitment, increases productivity, reduces healthcare costs, and saves money may be more achievable than many property managers realize; if they are willing to shift their focus outdoors. “Facility Executive Magazine” highlights companies that are adding multi-use green spaces, organic gardens, barbecue patios, and more to increase the appeal and utility of their campuses.

The National Association of Landscape Professionals reports 7 percent higher rental rates for commercial offices with high-quality landscapes, which can be achieved through simple enhancements such as walking paths, shade canopies, comfortable seating, and attractive plant materials. 

The article in “Facility Executive Magazine” expands on current trends in commercial landscaping, including experiential landscape design, climate-cognizant landscaping, productivity, connectivity, and water management/conservation. 

BrightView’s work at Oracle’s Redwood City and Santa Clara facilities achieved a savings of $573,000 in the first three months after 50 conventional controllers were converted to smart controllers. The campuses went on to save 91 million gallons of potable water in the first year. 

In addition to saving water with smart irrigation controllers, several landscaping products are being enhanced to make tasks less time consuming, including the use of mobile apps to track and plan services in real time. 

“Anything that can help you understand, track, manage, and analyze your site certainly is valuable,” said Megan Horn, Principal at BrightView Design Group. “Long-term data collection will deepen your understanding of the site and be highly informative for maintenance planning and evaluation. I suspect it would also assist in management and overall facility planning.” 

To read the full article, visit Facility Executive Magazine.
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Parks & Rec Business: Parks Get Better with Age

Parks & Rec Business: Parks Get Better with Age A once-abandoned island in the harbor of New York City has become one of the city’s most intriguing tourist destinations with miles of paved pathways, baseball fields, natural space, and historic buildings
Governors Island New York Slide Hill
One of the most notable features of the park at The Hills, four themed mounds on the southern portion of the island, including Slide Hill.

Governors Island has undergone significant transformations over its lifetime, from a fort during the American Revolution and a Civil War prison to a base for the U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard before shutting its doors in 1996 and leaving the 172 acres abandoned.

“The island used to be closed off to the public,” said David Opferkuch, Project Manager with BrightView Landscape Development. “Military service members were the only people who could experience it, and then it was just empty when they left.”

Seven years later, the island was transferred to New York with a portion of the top becoming a National Park and the bottom being redeveloped as a public park. One of the most notable features of the park at The Hills, four themed mounds on the southern portion of the island with breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline. BrightView left a major mark on the island, designing and installing Slide Hill, landscaping all four hills, installing the pathway on Discovery Hill, installing two baseball fields, and turned an old golf course into the Parade Grounds.

“We can sit here and watch [the plants and trees] grow over the years and become places where people can relax and enjoy the shade provided,” Opferkuch said. “Unlike buildings, which remain the same, a park like this gets better with age. It’s the best part of being in the landscaping industry.”

To read the full article, visit Parks & Rec Business.
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The Wall Street Journal: Signs of a Strong Economy

The Wall Street Journal: Signs of a Strong Economy Low levels of unemployment and high demand for H-2B visas mean there aren’t enough people working in landscaping this summer

Many landscapers across the United States are facing the harsh reality of having to cancel thousands of dollars worth of contracts because they simply cannot find enough workers to handle all their business. Some landscaping companies are even having to close down their business due to the shortage.

The severe labor shortage the industry faces is brought on by the lowest levels of American unemployment in two decades, combined with a high volume of requests for H-2B visas for only a limited number being released. There are several other industries being impacted by the visa shortage, but none more than the landscape industry, which accounts for 50 percent of all H-2B visas certified this year. 

BrightView, the largest commercial landscaping company in the country, is also the biggest user of H-2B visas in the industry. However, it is often smaller companies that are hit the hardest by the shortage, resulting in less revenue and sometimes in a closed business. 

To read the full article, visit the Wall Street Journal.

Barron's: A Sunny Outlook for the Nation’s Landscaper

Barron's: A Sunny Outlook for the Nation’s Landscaper
BrightView earnings hampered by April snow
Early April storms cost BrightView nearly $5 million in sales.

Barron’s magazine summarized BrightView’s first quarter as a publicly traded company and provided an outlook “far sunnier than its stock price suggests.” This year’s weather included the largest April snowstorm in decades for the East Coast, followed by record rainfall this summer in many states. BrightView CEO Andrew Masterman told Barron’s that the early April storms cost BrightView nearly $5 million in sales.

Barron’s also mentions how BrightView made eight acquisition deals since 2017 for a total of $161 million. One analyst estimated another $2 billion worth of potential acquisitions that could double BrightView’s size, putting a price target of $25 on BrightView shares.

To read the full article, visit the www.Barrons.com.
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