Grange Insurance Headquarters Landscape | Columbus USA | NBBJ


The suburban corporate headquarters campus is a common development model found across the US and abroad; and for a number of good reasons. The large volume of building and parking required for the hundreds of executives and staff coupled with the economic and logistic benefits associated with greenfield sites located at the perimeter of a city, make it an easy decision to establish headquarters out of the city core.  When faced with the challenge expansion, the Grange Insurance Company considered this option but based on their commitment to the neighborhood, decided to keep their US headquarters in the city and invest their energies in the environment they have resided in for decades.

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WLA 2014 Outlook Survey | Results: Confident

Recently, World Landscape Architecture surveyed its readers about their confidence going into 2014. And the results are in – with readers confident about the year ahead with 40.98% stating they are Confident and 12.7% seemly Very Confident about 2014;  40.98% of responders feel the 2014 outlook was OK, 11.07% Not Confident and 4.51% Very Cautious. A similar story was told when ask how their companies performed in 2013 with 34.71% G00d and 13.22% Beyond Expectations and 38.43% As Expected. Some didn’t see their companies perform that well in 2013 with 9.5% Poor and 4.13% Very Poor.

On the Hiring front in seems many small and large firms are hiring only 1-3 new hires in 2014. 45.61% are hiring 1-3 people, 10.4% 3-5 people, 6.28% hiring 5-10, 2.51% looking for 10-20 and 3.35% looking for over 20 new hires (mostly in nursery trade). Sadly, 32.2% of respondents stated that there companies won’t be hiring in 2014.

Most firms are expecting to see growth in Residential(28.26%), Government(27.39%) and Commercial(17.83%) work with smaller growth expected in Education(7.83%), Infrastructure(9.57%), Industrial(3.48%), and Environmental(5.65%) work.

The full report with breakdown by country, industry, management level and which type of firms are confident and hiring in 2014 will be published in the 12th edition of WLA Magazine due out February 18. 


2014 Outlook Survey

With 2013 starting to wind down into the holidays, celebrations and resolutions it is time to look forward to 2014 and see how your business or office is feeling about the year ahead. At WLA we would like to find out how the landscape profession see 2014 and whether you are worried or upbeat. Below is a quick 9 question survey that we hope we can get as many firms, practitioners, consultants and contractors from different countries around the world to give us their outlook for 2014. Results will be published early in the new year.

How much is your local park worth?

NYC Parks department is taking corporate sponsorship and partnerships to the next level – dog runs and basketball courts. Cities have raised funds through corporate sponsorship and naming rights of sports stadiums, entertainment arenas,  events, parades, subway/train stations, bus shelters and minor sporting facilities. Parks departments are always under pressure as the establishment and maintenance of parks can be a large monetary burden on cities with little income from rental and/or membership fees. Many cities across the world have abandoned, closed parks and also reduced park maintenance to a minimum to save funds in the long running economic crisis.

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2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics Urban Design Competition | Nanjing China | SPUA

2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics Urban Design Competition | Nanjing China | SPUA

The 2nd World Youth Olympics Games will be held in Nanjing China in the year of 2014. It will attract the world’s best young athletes to compete against each other representing the future and life of the world’s competitive spirit.

Located in the outer suburbs of Nanjing city in the district of Hexing, the new Olympic site will act as a catalyst for a new commercial center that will activate not only the district, but also the Yangtze Riverfront which the city of Nanjing has turned its back on throughout its history. The site attempts to integrate new offices, commercial malls and shops, with future generations of residences and the Olympic Village that are all connected by the central Olympic Corridor that runs and bridges over the future dyke and highway; bridging the city to the water.
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AILA announces results of 2010 Salary Survey

AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) has recently announced the results of the 2010 Salary Survey with 530 respondents. This year the AILA survey has changed from past years with respondents gave their total salary package including superannuation (9% of  salary as compulsory retirement savings). AILA also changed the ‘experience in years’ for the junior positions and removed the Managers/Directors category.  Therefore it is hard to analyse the results in comparison to past years as managers could have between 5-15 years experience and are now included across the range of average salaries given.

Table of Average Salary across Australia

Salary Package
minus 9% super
0-3 years $         53,600 $             48,776
3-5 years $         62,900 $             57,239
5-7 years $         71,300 $             64,883
$         65,600
7-10 years $         83,300 $             75,803
$         76,400
10-15 years $        112,700 $           102,557
$         99,900
15+ years $        126,200 $           114,842
$       109,300
Managers/ Director N/A N/A
$       134,680
Table produced by World Landscape Architect from AILA data.
Salary Average from across Australia shown salaries may differ from state to state.

Also as AILA states on the Salary Survey webpage

When using this data, these results are guides only.

The AILA has no salary scales nor can it recommend or set any salary scales.

The setting of salaries remains with the individual employee and employer.

It is illegal in Australia to have professional fee or salary scales set by the professional institute, such as the AILA. So we do not set any professional salary scales!  This survey is one set of figures that provide a rough averaged out indication or reflection of trends. It is one set of data to be used with other sources for any salary negotiations.

Standard government employer/employee regulations apply – see the applicable govenment website.


GroupGSA expands into Landscape Architecture with John Holland merger

GroupGSA, a multi-discipline practice in Sydney, Australia with projects in Australia, Asia Pacific and the USA has expanded its services with the merger of GroupGSA and John Holland. John Holland Landscape Architects will now be apart of Group GSA and John Holland (Registered Landscape Architect) will now lead the Landscape Architecture section as Principal with his experience in open space planning, urban design, residential planning and infrastructure projects throughout the UK, Australia and Asia.


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