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Plaza at SD revamp wins award

For the 12th consecutive year, Brickman Group was recognized for excellence by the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA), San Diego Chapter, during a recent awards ceremony.

This year it earned one of the three top honors, the Judges Award Commercial Maintenance – for its work on The Plaza at San Diego, along with other accomplishments -- and was recognized at the CLCA's Annual Beautification Awards Program, held at The Crossings in Carlsbad.

The Plaza has been maintained by Brickman for over 25 years, some consider it as of the county's most recognizable landscapes.

“We are proud to be honored with the CLCA's top award,” said Glenn Wilhite, California divisional manager for Brickman. “Overall job quality sustained over such a long period of time, and Brickman’s strategic partnering with the property management team has made The Plaza an award-winning property and a continual source of pride.”

The Plaza, located in the Golden Triangle area of San Diego, is a large Class-A commercial office space.

The park-like atmosphere landscape has undergone a number of renovations in order to ensure the site is more environmentally friendly.

Low-water use sprinkler heads and high-tech Smart Controllers, which Brickman controls from its office, were installed at the property to reduce water usage.

The plant palette was recently changed from a large amount of water-thirsty color beds, to drought-tolerant plants.

The turf is a tall fescue mix that provides a rich green appearance.

The water from two ponds and waterfalls on the property is recycled.

“The landscape at The Plaza at UTC gives off a feeling of success and value surrounding the workplace, and that feel is given off to customers who visit on-site,” said Jim Kelley, regional manager for Brickman in San Diego.

This last reinvestment/renovation at The Plaza targeted the replacement of certain plants, and also added plant and tree density where needed.

Plants added were pine trees, coral trees, star jasmine and Rhaphiolepis, ficus hedges and day lilies.

An invasive variety of grass named Kikuyu was removed and replaced with tall fescue, a more desirable variety of grass.

Also, a WeatherTrak irrigation timer that downloads weather data, and waters accordingly to the grade, slope and soil and plant type was also installed.

Irrigation systems were also retrofitted to comply with the SDCWA's recommendation to fit the restriction to irrigate three days out of the week.

Most large properties struggle to fit the three-day restriction, but The Plaza's irrigation system is split up into seven separate areas, each with their own water source.

Brickman's Javier Vasquez has been the landscape foremen at The Plaza for the last 25 years.

During his tenure, he has worked with five different landscape managers at the property.

At the awards ceremony, Brickman also received the Humanitarian Award for its work at the Boys & Girls Club of El Cajon, two awards in commercial categories, and the California-Friendly Landscape Construction Commercial award for Executive Center Drive in San Diego/Del Mar.

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