Learning Labs

Visit ASLA’s Learning Lab theaters for live product demonstrations. Preview the latest innovations and technology offered by exhibitors.

Saturday, November 7

Right Time, Right Place, Right Grass

9:45 – 10:45 pm
Sod Solutions
Not sure exactly what grass should be installed on a baseball field, recreational park or football field? This learning lab will educate on the right grass for the right place and condition.
Presenter: Julie Adamski, Director of Retail & Professional Development, Sod Solutions

FLEX-LINK Smart lighting system by SPJ Lighting, Inc.

11:00 am -12:00 pm
SPJ Lighting
App based landscape lighting system for smart devices such as phone or tablet. FLEX-LINK allows user to have complete control of color changing fixtures as well as zoning, Astronomical timer programing, dimming, pre-set scenes, and manual control of individual lights from your smart phone. Bring your landscape lighting system to life with real-time, interactive designs using SPJ Lighting App. FLEX-LINK is IPHONE and ANDROID compatible.
Presenter: Bob Klaidman, Vice President, SPJ LIGHTING, INC.

Outdoor Water Conservation Principles / Products

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Rain Bird
Upon completion of this lab, students will be able to: 1. Explain the primary drivers toward efficient irrigation 2. Understand the drivers to sustainability initiatives as it pertains to outdoor water use 3. Identify the issues contributing to poor irrigation system performance 4. Identify the 5 drivers that should be considered for optimum irrigation efficiency 5. Utilize a few “sales tips” and understand the “buzz words” to help their customers understand how new products will meet the trends
Presenters: Donn Mann, Chris Dimmick

ARCSA Regional Representative, Principle – Hydrodyne, LLC

2:45 – 3:45 pm
American Rainwater and Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA)
Learn about how rain can be harvested for onsite uses, such as irrigation and indoor flushing. Onsite rain harvesting offers the opportunity to develop a local water resource to reduce dependence on municipal drinking water, and lower one’s water bill, and wastewater bill. Rain harvesting also reduces stormwater runoff and water pollution associated with stormwater ending water bodies.
Presenter: Edward Lichner

CPG Building Products Learning Lab

4:00 – 5:00 pm
CPG Building Products: AZEK/Timbertech
Covering AZEK deck vintage line, AZEK pavers, our AZEK armour alloy technology and more….

Sunday, November 8

Collaborative BIM Workflows with Vectorworks Landmark

9:45 – 10:45 pm
Vectorworks by Nemetschek
With the added pressures of tight budgets, quick delivery of projects, and the increasing pressure to collaborate with BIM, landscape architects need to work smarter not harder. This session will explore the challenges associated with transitioning from traditional CAD platforms to a BIM workflow with Vectorworks Landmark and the interdisciplinary collaborative benefits of this change.
Presenter: Robert D. Anderson, RLA, ASLA & Eric J. H. Berg, RLA, ASLA, LEED-AP

Lighting Design: Implementing Color Changing LED in the Landscape

11:00 am -12:00 pm
Hunter/FX Luminarie
As LED technology has evolved, introducing more advanced performance and control features, so too has it become more accessible to architects, designers and contractors. Most recently, RGBW color-changing LED’s have become the popular design feature. This lab will discuss various design & control techniques on how to design RGBW LED’s into the landscape to create dramatic & vibrant lighting effects; perfect for holiday or corporate color-themed lighting, sports’ team color-themed lighting, or simply enhancing the colors of the landscape.
Presenter: Drew W. Tedford

Hillside Slide Chutes: The Marriage of Landscape and Play

12:15 -1:15 pm
Columbia Cascade
Learn to design a wonderful hillside slide chute for your signature play space. Discussion will cover the physics of slides, plus how to select the right material, put waves and curves into your embankment slide, and ensure compliance with safety and accessibility standards. Installation requirements and estimated costs will also be covered.

Mycorrhizal Fungi: How to Harness Nature’s Ultimate Plant Sustainability System

1:30 -2:30 pm
Mycorrhizal Applications, Inc.
This presentation provides an enlightening opportunity for Landscape Industry professionals to become more knowledgeable about Mycorrhizal fungi- organisms of profound importance to soil and plants. Attendees will receive valuable information on how to harness these organisms in a wide variety of project situations.
Presenter: Larry Simpson, Director of Education & Training, Mycorrhizal Applications LLC

SITES Rating System: Landscape Architects Leading on Sustainability

2:45 -3:45 pm
Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) is the most comprehensive program for evaluating the sustainability of landscapes. The SITES program, administered by GBCI, offers a systematic, comprehensive rating system designed to define sustainable sites, measure their performance and, ultimately, evaluate the value of landscapes. Please join us to hear about how this program can provide a unique opportunity for the landscape architecture community to lead the way on sustainability.
Presenter: Jamie Statter, VP of Strategic Relationships, Green Business Certification Inc.