Results of an American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) survey pinpointed 2007 market trends that will bode well for concrete paver, segmental retaining wall unit, faux stone veneer and counter-top producers, plus pervious concrete pavement practitioners. Homeowners plan to add firepits and fireplaces for outdoor entertaining in the new year, and along with commercial building owners, will pay more attention to stormwater management and low-maintenance native plants requiring limited water. Concrete landscape units and stone veneer are common in firepit and fireplace design, while concrete countertops have surfaced in outdoor bars. Pervious concrete pavements have been increasingly specified for their stormwater management qualities.

Conducted in December, the informal survey identified the most popular requests from homeowners and commercial clients for 2007. Homeowners are looking for landscape architects to design complete outdoor rooms, such as kitchens and bars, for entertaining. On the commercial side, landscape architects cite more client requests for improved water resource management; fountains and outdoor employee areas; and green roofs and related sustainable design measures. For more information, visit

The Concrete Foundations Association's (CFA) 2007 Basement of the Year competition salutes some this year's most challenging home projects and their cast-in-place concrete foundations. Five projects were recognized this year, including:

  • 1st place, Residence over 5000 sq. ft.—Pritt Residence, Corona Del Mar, Calif., Submitted by Ekedal Masonry and Concrete Inc.
  • 2nd place, Residence over 5000 sq. ft.—286 Foxcliff North, Martinsville, Ind., Submitted by Custom Concrete
  • 3rd place, Residence over 5000 sq. ft.—Prescott Residence, West Bend, Wis., Submitted by Coello & Associates Inc.
  • 1st place, Residence 2000 to 5000 sq. ft.—Koepke Residence, Cambellsport, Wis., Submitted by Coello & Associates Inc.
  • 1st place, Commercial/Multifamily—Briar Creek Golf Club, Johns Island, S.C., Submitted by Sunburst Builders LLC

In addition to these awards, CFA recently presented its 2007 Contractor of the Year Award to Dennis Purinton, founder of Purinton Builders Inc. in East Granby, Conn. A member of CFA for nearly a decade, Purinton was selected for this award for his enthusiasm and commitment to advancing the concrete foundations industry.

In other association news, CFA will hold its annual summer meeting July 24–26 at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe, Vt. The meeting will concentrate on education and networking opportunities for contractors with an interest in concrete foundations. For more about the Basement of the Year projects or to submit your project for the 2008 awards, go to

The Concrete Sustainability Summit, held March 29–30 in Washington, D.C., will bring senior executives from North American concrete and cement companies together to define the industry's role and explore the issue of sustainable development. Speakers from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Office of the Federal Environment Executive, Turner Construction and Smith-Group, Building Design and Construction magazine, Holcim, Cembureau, the British Cement Association, and more will share their insight of this changing marketplace and how they perceive our industry. Additional information is available at