California State University (CSU) San Bernardino Breaks Ground on the “Demonstration Garden”

On June 4th California State University San Bernardino broke ground on a “Demonstration Garden” designed by David Neault Associates, Inc. (DNA).  DNA worked closely with San Bernardino Municipal Water District (also the largest donor), Water Resource Institute, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, and the CSUSB Landscape Maintenance department to design a demonstration garden that displays California Friendly Plant Material, California Native Plants, viable lawn substitutes, and low water use irrigation equipment.  Additionally, the garden is designed to illustrate best practices for storm water treatment, water basin recharge and water filtration.  

The garden has a meandering porous pavement path that follows a bio-swale from one end of the garden to the other; dropping a total of 11′ in elevation while traveling through the 7 different theme gardens.  The path begins and ends with large outdoor “Classrooms” designed to provide places of learning for student and public groups.

The garden features a variety of plant material arranged in themed gardens that include Desert Plants, Mediterranean, grasses, California Natives, and Fragrant plants; all of which are drought tolerant and California Friendly.  There are study nodes scattered throughout the garden which include lap top and WiFi connections for students to be able to study in a friendly outdoor environment.

Shane Preston DNA, Inc. — Project Lead Designer, Construction Documents
Bryan Love DNA, Inc. — Project Manager, Construction Documents
Bart O’Brien Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden — Native Plant Consulting (donation in kind)
Paul Haaland Fuscoe Engineering — Grading and Drainage
Yasser Salem Total Engineering Services — Structural Engineer
Kenny Perez Nate Mullins Visual Concepts LLC — Lighting Engineer


Murrieta Unveils the 1st Phase of the Veteran’s Memorial on Memorial Day 2010

Four years of planning and design culminated on Memorial Day 2010, when The City of Murrieta unveiled the first phase of the Veteran’s Memorial in Murrieta Town Square Park. The event was attended by over 800 Murrieta citizens. Thefirst phase of the Veterans Memorial (shown in a blue glow below)

includes a 25′ high black granite pentagonal obelisk with bronze medallions of each branch of the service with a granite flag draped reverently over the top and the WWII Veteran’s Memorial Wall also made of black granite etched with photos of Veteran’s from that conflict. On hand for the unveiling ceremony were many dignitaries including Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth, and Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone.

 Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (middle) with Veteran’s, and designers David Neault, asla and Suzanne Palmer, rla of David Neault Associates, Inc. (DNA, Inc.)

Project Team:

  • Suzanne Palmer,rla DNA, Inc. ….Lead Memorial Designer
  • Shane Preston DNA, Inc. ….Memorial Design Development, Graphics
  • Bryan Love DNA, Inc. ….Construction Documents
  • Peggy Newman DNA, Inc. ….Photo Administration
  • Rich Valdez,re VSL Engineering ….Civil Engineering
  • Yasser Salem Total Engineering Services ….Structural Engineering
  • Kenny Perez Nate Mullins Visual Concepts LLC ….Lighting Engineers
  • Dan Schneider Cold Strings Granite ….Granite Fabrication
  • Elias Ghattas Cleveland Marble ….Granite Installation
  • Jerry Neely Topline Construction, Inc. ….General Contractors
  • Jose Alfaro Excel Landscape ….Landscape Construction

Special Thanks to the Murrieta City Council, Murrieta Veteran’s Committee, Councilman Rick Gibbs, Assistant City Manager Jim Holston, Administration Assistant Lea Kolek, and the entire Murrieta City Staff. We appreciate their inspiration, leadership and support that made this project possible.

LA Unified School District Files Complaint Against Artificial Turf Installer

Follow the link below to an article regarding the LAUSD filing a complaint against an artificial turf company because they were not told that the crumb rubber, with known carcinogens, would come in contact with the children. In earlier blogs I have talked about the 65 known carcinogens in the crumb rubber infill…and how our children are ingesting, inhaling and absorbing these chemicals into their bodies. It seems that the School District was not informed…and I find that most schools, municipalities and government agencies are not informed. The artificial turf companies do not willing give information regarding the biological and environmental hazards of their product…and the consumers “think” they are doing the right thing by reducing water consumption and increasing playable sport surfaces for the public.