News roundup: STMA names winner of its “Stars and Stripes” mowing contests

Updated Jul 24, 2017
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The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) has announced Andrew Marking is the winner of its second annual “Stars and Stripes” mowing pattern contest.

The contest prompted STMA members to create a Fourth of July-themed field design with mowing equipment and then the public voted on Facebook. The designer of the field with the most likes is awarded free registration for the 2018 STIMA Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

Andrew Marking’s design was dubbed the “Banks of the Mississippi River” and was created at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa. Marking is the head groundskeeper for the Quad Cities River Bandits, Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The club’s assistant groundkeeper, Andrew Anderson, also helped fashion the pattern.

“As a sports turf manager, crafting a safe playing surface is always our primary concern, but this contest succeeds in providing members an opportunity to express themselves on a global stage,” Marking said. “As ‘Directors of First Impressions,’ we also have a duty to maintain visually appealing facilities year-round for the millions of fans watching.”

The contest had a total of 21 entries and Making’s submission won by less than 30 likes on Facebook. His design garnered nearly 200 likes.

Marking has had more than five years in the turf industry and has also worked for the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Texas Rangers, Louisville Bats and Purdue Athletics. He earned his bachelor’s degree in turf science and management from Purdue University.

“This contest serves an opportunity for sports turf managers to honor their country while showcasing their skill as world-class field artists,” said Kim Heck, CEO of STMA. “Andrew is an excellent ambassador for the industry, both on and off the field.”

Brick Industry Association honors design winners  

The Gold winner in the Paving & Landscaping category was for the GE Management and Development Institute. Photo: Frank MarieThe Gold winner in the Paving & Landscaping category was for the GE Management and Development Institute.
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The 2017 Brick in Architecture Awards have selected 35 winners from 19 states out of 91 entries.

The Brick Industry Association’s (BIA) competition recognized those who had outstanding and resilient designs that incorporated clay brick.

“The winners demonstrate brick’s aesthetic flexibility, and its integral role in any sustainable, low maintenance and durable building strategy,” said Ray Leonhard, BIA’s president and CEO.

The eight Best in Class winners include:

Apple Store, Williamsburg – Brooklyn, New York
Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Manufacturer: Glen-Gery Corporation
Distributor: Consolidated Brick & Building Supply Inc.
Mason Contractor: Structure Tech New York Inc.
Photographer 1: Peter Aaron
Photographer 2: Nic Lehoux

Educational (Higher Education)
Kent State University College of Architectural & Environmental Design – Kent, Ohio
Architect: Weiss/Manfredi
Associate Architect: Richard L. Bowen + Associates Inc.
Manufacturer: The Belden Brick Company
Distributor: W.L. Tucker Supply Company
Mason Contractor: Foti Contracting
Photographer: Jim Maguire Photography

Educational (K-12)
Fruitville Elementary School Classroom Building Addition – Sarasota, Florida
Architect: Sweet Sparkman Architects
Manufacturer: The Belden Brick Company
Mason Contractor: Ron Kendall Masonry Inc.
Photographer 1: William Speer Photography
Photographer 2: Ryan Gamma Photography

Renovations (Additions) / Restoration (Restoring)
Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship House – Washington, D.C.
Architect: Cunningham | Quill Architects
Landscape Architect: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Manufacturer: Redland Brick Inc.
Distributor: Potomac Valley Brick & Supply
Builder: Whiting Turner Contracting Company
Mason Contractor: Baltimore Masonry Inc.
Photographer: Robert Creamer

John W. Olver Transit Center, Net-Zero Energy Building – Greenfield, Massachusetts
Architect: Charles Rose Architects Inc.
Landscape Architect: GroundView LLC
Builder: Fontaine Brothers Inc.
Distributor: Spaulding Brick Company Inc.
Mason Contractor: Fontaine Brothers Inc.
Photographer 1: John Linden
Photographer 2: Peter Vanderwarker

Residential – Multifamily
The Aston – Washington, D.C.
Architect: Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS
Manufacturer 1: Triangle Brick Company
Manufacturer 2: Carolina Ceramics Brick Co.
Builder: Habte Sequar
Mason Contractor: Oak Tree Building Group
Photographer: Maxwell Mackenzie

Residential – Single Family
Kinsley – Oxford, Maryland
Architect: John Milner Architects Inc.
Manufacturer: Redland Brick Inc.
Builder: Heim Corp.
Mason Contractor: Spry Masonry
Photographer: Don Pearse Photographers Inc.

Paving & Landscaping
VIA 57 West – New York, New York
Landscape Architect: Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners
Manufacturer: Whitacre Greer Co.
Distributor: Consolidated Brick & Building Supply Inc.
Mason Contractor: Prestige Stone & Pavers Corp.
Photographer 1: Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners
Photographer 2: Alex Fradkin

For more of the winners, click here.

Jenny Products celebrates 90 years of business

Jenny Products, Inc. marks 2017 as its 90th anniversary after in 1927 Frank W. Ofeldt II introduced the Hypressure Jenny, which was the first steam cleaner ever made.

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Dubbed the “Steam Jenny,” it soon became the origin of the company’s name as well. Now Jenny Products creates more than 200 models of power cleaning equipment, including oil-fired and gas-fired electric steam cleaners as well as hot, cold, and combination pressure washers.

After purchasing Davey Compressor Company in 1998, acquiring the Emglo line of air compressors in 2003 and buying the compressor pump manufacturing facility form Black & Decker/DeWalt the same year, Jenny Products soon became known in the air compressor market as well.

“We’re proud of our history, not only because we have such deep roots to the origins of many types of equipment, but more so because we’ve built so much into them to increase performance, efficiency and reliability,” said Dan Leiss, president of Jenny Products. “Due to our efforts, these products, some still using core technologies from decades ago, aren’t just viable today – they’re leading the industry.”

Jenny Products is based in Somerset, Pennsylvania and has more than 1,000 distributors in North America.

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