Learning Labs

Live Product Demos at ASLA EXPO

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

Exhibitors

Interested in showcasing new products and brands to attendees live on the ASLA EXPO floor? Landscape Architect  Continuing Education System™ (LA CES) providers will have the chance to offer one Professional Development Hour (PDH) to attendees. Contact us today to reserve your space: 202-216-2325

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Saturday, October 22

9:45 – 10:45 am

How to Design Custom Perforated Metal like a Boss
Zahner/Imagewall
Want to imbue your design with greater meaning? Using custom perforated metal is a great way to express your own custom image across a canopy, fence, dividing wall, acoustic barrier — and more. This one-hour talk will give you the language and tools to create perforated metal designs that look good in every light. We’ll also show you how to avoid common pitfalls, meet safety regulations, as well as provide a checklist, technical data sheet, and a specification for realizing your incredible concepts.

Presenters:
Tex Jernigan, Creative Designer at Zahner
Andrew Manto, Project Engineer at ImageWall

11:00 am – 12 Noon

Collaborative BIM Workflows with Vectorworks Landmark
Vectorworks

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, Owner, Robert Anderson Landscape Architect

12:15 – 1:15 pm

Synthetic Grass Warehouse: All you need to know about synthetic grass
Synthetic Grass Warehouse

Synthetic grass is a rapidly expanding segment of the landscape industry. This learning lab will provide you the information on how to select the appropriate synthetic grass for a project, what the differences are between synthetic grass products and why that’s important. Additionally, attendees will be provided resources for product specification and CADdetails. This information and resources will take the guess work out of synthetic grass use in landscape applications.

Presenters:
Robert Groot, Sales Executive
Brad Neubauer, GM
Victor Lanfranco, Co-owner

1:30 – 2:30 pm

NDS

2:45 – 3:45 pm

ADA Hacks for Paver Projects: 5 Secrets to Accessible Paver Surfaces
The Brick Industry Association

Do you know which design and installation factors affect the smoothness of paver surfaces? This program presents the results of new research that: 1) establish the suitability of paver surfaces based on roughness measurements of existing pavements and 2) provide insight to optimal design for accessibility. Attendees desiring to maintain or introduce pavers as part of their accessible design palette will learn about expected regulations for surface smoothness and receive guidance on selecting paver products and installation systems that result in the smoothest, ADA compliant surfaces for pedestrians.

Presenter: Leroy Danforth, Jr, Design Services Manager, Glen-Gery Corporation

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Bringing Concrete to Life – Applying Principles of Reconciliation Ecology in Urban Waterfronts
1.0 PDH LA CES
ECOncrete

With two-thirds of the human population concentrated around coastlines, accelerated coastal development and changes to natural coastlines are inevitable. Over the course of time, natural coastlines undergo severe changes, and in many cases are completely overtaken by man-made infrastructure such as ports, coastal defense measures, power plants, industrial facilities, and residential properties. Today, over 22,000 km of European coastlines are artificial, literally paved with coastal infrastructure. Further development is expected in the future. As most marine flora and fauna reside in coastal areas, anthropogenic changes to coastlines are one of the key reasons for loss of coastal habitats, and for significant changes in species assemblage, richness, and biodiversity. While coastal infrastructure such as seawalls or breakwaters add significant amounts of hard substrate open to colonization by marine organisms, these man-made structures do not support similar species assemblages to those of natural coastal and marine habitats, and are often associated with nuisance and invasive species. These differences are greatly associated to design features related to high inclination, low structural complexity, and high homogeneity, all of which are rarely found in natural habitats. To date, coastal and marine infrastructure have been designed and built with little or no consideration to marine life developing on them. As a result, the ability of these structures to provide ecosystem services similar to those offered by natural habitats is severely compromised. The seminar will present an innovative approach, of planning and retrofitting coastal and marine infrastructure using ecologically sensitive design and construction technologies that enhance their ability to provide valuable ecosystem services, while also elevating their structural integrity and longevity. The course will deal with key environmental issues related to the design of coastal and marine infrastructure, including shoreline and underwater landscapes, and suggest a new definition for “urban marine environments,” as a first step towards applying the term “urban ecology” to the marine realm. In addition, we will present current approaches in sustainable management of urban marine structures, from both temperate and tropical environments. Examples will include:coastal defense project and sea wall from the Mediterranean Sea, Development of “Living Breakwaters” as part of the Rebuild by Design initiative, and the ecological enhancement project at the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront.

Presenters:
Dr. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, CEO and Chief Scientist, ECOncrete Tech. LTD.
Dr. Andrew Rella, CEO and Coastal Engineer, ECOncrete Inc.

Sunday, October 23

9:45 – 10:45 am

How NSC373 Certified Stone Can Assist Projects with Sustainability Goals
Building Stone Institute

More than ever before, environmental responsibility is on the forefront of consumers’ minds. As such, material certification is becoming more important every year to reassure educated consumers that best practices are being followed. This course will highlight how the launch of ANSI/NSC 373 – a standard for the sustainable production of natural dimensional stone – can assist projects with sustainability goals.

Presenter: Kathy Spanier, Marketing Director, Coldspring and Sustainability Committee Chair, Natural Stone Council.

11:00 am – 12 Noon

Indiana Limestone Company

1:30 – 2:30 pm

ADA Hacks for Paver Projects: 5 Secrets to Accessible Paver Surfaces
The Brick Industry Association

Do you know which design and installation factors affect the smoothness of paver surfaces? This program presents the results of new research that: 1) establish the suitability of paver surfaces based on roughness measurements of existing pavements and 2) provide insight to optimal design for accessibility. Attendees desiring to maintain or introduce pavers as part of their accessible design palette will learn about expected regulations for surface smoothness and receive guidance on selecting paver products and installation systems that result in the smoothest, ADA compliant surfaces for pedestrians.

Presenter: Leroy Danforth, Jr, Design Services Manager, Glen-Gery Corporation

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 as well as hear about the launch of the first ever professional program for sustainable landscape design, the SITES Accredited Professional (AP).

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Mycorrhizal Fungi: How Landscape Professionals can Harness Nature’s Ultimate
Plant Sustainability System

Mycorrhizal Applications

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: Jeff Anderson, Technical Expert, Education and Training, Mycorrhizal Applications, LLC