What Do Tenants Want?

According to a number of studies on millennials and the changing needs of the next-gen workplace, employers who want to recruit and retain top talent, and building managers who want to lease to and retain high quality tenants, the answer is: health, wellness and amenities.

Chief among these is the need to think about features that increase social connections.  Healthier people are happier people and data suggests that nature plays a strong role in contributing to both. Plants, trees, and foliage offset negative impacts from poor building air and light systems; bike paths and nature trails foster fitness, and converted outdoor workspaces wired for Wi-Fi boost productivity and engagement. Rooftop gardens with lounge areas and recreational areas give people a chance to freshen their perspective.

“A lot of these approaches are already part of strategic landscape thinking,” said Bruce Moore Jr, president of ELM and an advocate for landscapes that impact healthier lifestyles. “The demand exists, it’s just a matter of understanding that most of the amenities can be added for relatively low cost once the infrastructure is in place.”

Some of the best ways to introduce more green features include transforming loading docks to landscaped walkways, opening up interiors for large planted atriums that bring in natural light, and green walls – vertical plantings and living art forms that extends the building’s brand.

LEED designations, WELL-certifications, and corporate sustainability goals are reviving interest in finding better ways to create a bridge between the built and landscaped environment. Green roofs, in particular, with roof decks, lounge areas, putting greens and bocce ball courts, are thriving in urban business corridors and emerging bedroom communities where corporate HQs, redeveloped commercial properties, and aging office parks are being turned into highly desirable office space.

Workplace amenities that attract people, attract business.  “With blurred lines between personal and professional lives impacting everyone, workplaces no longer exist merely for career paths,” said Moore. “Adding nature into the equation ups the ante to create better places to live, work and play overall.”

That, and the case for the business benefits of a sustainable footprint, whether on the roof or on the ground. “People today expect more: property managers and owners want return on investment, employees want features they can use, and investors want to spend less for more.”

To learn more about tenant amenities and green roofs, updating your Class A property landscape or making your Class B property more competitive, contact ELM President, Bruce Moore Jr. at 203-316-5433.

Photo: The green roof at The Cooper-Union in Manhattan was revitalized by ELM to include lounge areas, a bocce ball court, and reception and entertaining space.

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James E. Gorton Joins ELM’s Conservation Program

Eastern Land Management, an award-winning, full-service commercial landscape company serving Fairfield County, Connecticut, and greater metropolitan New York, is pleased to welcome James E. (Jamie) Gorton to its resource conservation team.

“Water efficient landscaping and waste reduction are front-and-center initiatives for ELM and for commercial property owners and managers pursuing LEED credits and green goals,” said ELM President, Bruce Moore, Jr. “It is a win-win: conservation drives a reduction in net resource usage, strengthens landscape resilience and reduces environmental impacts.”

A fourth-generation Connecticut native, Jamie’s lived and worked in the arid southwest regions of the U.S., and has a visionary passion for irrigation system design, alternate water sources, data-based water management technologies, and water-efficient landscaping.  Jamie is well qualified for this position and holds advanced certifications from the National Association of Landscape Professionals and the Irrigation Association.

“Adapting to change is not easy and although Connecticut has successfully weathered periods of drought, water-quality regulations and evolving technology means strategic water-use planning is an important current and future issue,” said Jamie. “The way outdoor water is managed has a direct impact on the property’s performance and by promoting sustainability, we help commercial real estate owners and managers in their pursuit of credits to certify their sites as environmentally responsible and help them develop measurements for success.”

Jamie will be based at ELM’s Monroe, Connecticut office, and is currently working with clients on their strategic planning to drive conservation priorities for the coming year.

For more information on water management and sustainable best practices, contact Bruce Moore Jr. at 203-316-5433.

Bruce Moore Sr. Honored with Landscape Industry Leadership Award

ELM Founder and CEO, Bruce Moore Sr., is a recipient of Lawn & Landscape magazine’s 2018 Leadership Award.

The awards were given at an October 17 media event held in conjunction with LANDSCAPES2018, the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) annual conference and expo held in Louisville, Kentucky.

With more than 40 years in the landscaping industry, Bruce Moore Sr. continues to be great friend to colleagues and clients, an inspiration to countless ELM employees, and a shining light in his community as a volunteer, philanthropist, and payer of all things forward.

To learn more about Bruce’s four-plus decades of service and leadership, go to:  October Lawn & Landscape Moore to Give

Photo:  Editor Brian Horn and Bruce Moore Sr.

 

 

Bruce Moore Sr., Receives Snow Industry Leadership Award

In an award ceremony held at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island, ELM Founder and CEO Bruce Moore Sr. was inducted into the snow industry leadership class of 2018.

Under Bruce’s leadership, ELM has more than doubled in size and currently supports a seasonal crew of 150 safety and risk management professionals dedicated to emergency storm response, proactive snow and ice and winter services.

Eastern Land Management serves the commercial real estate industry as an all-season value chain partner throughout Fairfield County, Connecticut and greater metropolitan New York.

Read more about Bruce’s incredible leadership journey in “Snow Pro”, an article featured in the September 2018 issue of Snow Magazine

 

 

 

ELM Receives Top Honors from National Association of Landscape Professionals

Eastern Land Management was recognized with two 2018 Awards of Excellence from the National Association of Landscape Professionals for its work at Merritt7 Commercial Office Park, Norwalk CT, and Landmark Square, Stamford, CT.

The annual awards program, now in its 49th year, salutes landscape projects that exemplify the best in their category and address unique areas of expertise and proficiency.

 

“We accept these prestigious awards on behalf of our clients,” said ELM President Bruce Moore Jr. “Our team displays discipline and dedication to their work and this recognition underscores our commitment to continue delivering quality and best practices across our entire service portfolio.”

 

The awards will be presented at the national association’s annual Awards of Excellence ceremony at LANDSCAPES2018, the industry’s annual conference and expo in Louisville KY, October 18, 2018.

 

The landscape competition has grown to be one of the largest of its kind in the nation and reflects the rapidly evolving professionalism that the industry represents.

 

Photo:  Merritt7, the Charles O. Perry sculpture garden.

 

 

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BRUCE MOORE JR. NAMED PRESIDENT OF EASTERN LAND MANAGEMENT

Eastern Land Management announced today that Bruce Moore Jr. has been named President of the commercial landscape services firm founded in 1976 by his father, ELM CEO Bruce Moore Sr.

As President, he will be responsible for driving ELM’s ongoing transformation into a growth-oriented, customer-centered firm and implementing innovation across ELM’s portfolio of services.

“Bruce’s experience in brand-building will be instrumental as we transform our business to serve and deliver greater value for property and facility managers, and owners and developers throughout metropolitan New York, and Fairfield, New Haven and Westchester Counties Connecticut,” said Bruce Moore Sr.

Along with the transition in leadership, ELM announced the opening of a second location in Monroe, Connecticut, an expansion that boosts the firm’s ability to respond to the fast-changing needs of its customers and service partners. The 6-acre Monroe site will provide jobs and training for a growing workforce.

ELM has built its brand on personal service and a keen understanding of commercial real estate and tenant needs. “Property managers needs are changing and the growth of a consolidated marketplace requires us to be leaner and more agile across as we transform our business for the future,” said Bruce Moore Jr.

During Bruce Moore Jr.’s tenure at ELM, he has held a number of positions, starting in the field as a gardener and crew leader, growing into project management, account service, operations and management. He has a degree in business management from Curry College in Milton, Mass. and is active in the greater Stamford business community.  He is a member of Southern Connecticut BOMA, national green and snow industry associations NALP and SIMA, regional water management boards, chambers of commerce, regional economic development committees, a member of the board of directors of the Stamford Boys & Girls Club, and an active member of HigherGround peer group for landscape executives.

“I’m proud and humbled to receive this honor,” said Bruce Moore Jr. “My father has been instrumental in helping this company, and me, reach extraordinary heights, while creating a bilingual environment where every member of the ELM family is fluent in our mission and empowered to reach their full potential. I’m honored to carry his unique vision, and the passion and leadership he continues to represent, into the future.”

Headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, ELM is one of the largest providers of commercial landscape, water management, and snow and ice services serving metropolitan New York and Connecticut.

For more information, contact 203.316-5433 or go to www.easternland.com

 

 

Green Technologies Help Property Managers Move Toward a Culture of Alternative Fuel Sources and Reduced Environmental Impacts.

ELM recently launched its alternative fuels and advanced engine technology program as an effective way to improve air quality and support commercial property LEED® initiatives.

To support the firm’s fuel forward goals, ELM is working with Mean Green Mowers and Green Works Commercial Equipment on an energy action plan that includes growing its fleet of electric mowers and trimmers.

Beyond the initial focus of reducing environmental impacts on commercial landscapes, ELM is promoting innovation in green performance and value improvements that support higher standards in leaner service cycles, while providing real estate clients with the right information to drive sustainable decisions and make their properties more competitive and attractive for tenants.

 

  • Embracing automation: ELM is working with its suppliers to test and deploy next generation robotic mowers, and use renewable energy and alternative fuels to reduce cost, maintenance and emissions; apply GPS and mobile time tracking software, customer relationship management software, digital communications and reporting tools, to improve performance, and underscore ELM’s sense of responsibility to run a leaner and cleaner operation.
  • Accelerating turn-around. The speed at which ELM can roll out new greener services and technology improves its ability to scale up. ELM is committed to forecasting client needs and investing in proactive team training and tools to improve bottom line goals.
  • Optimizing data for continuous improvement. ELM captures data from benchmarking studies, customer surveys, and process improvements to shape its ability to be faster, more flexible and a more client-centered service company.
  • Increasing efficiencies to become more competitive, cost-effective risk managers. Seasonal weather events, such as hurricanes, blizzards and droughts, drive ELM’s proactive commitment to safety. Weather forecasting software, advanced training for snow/ice and emergency storm response keeps ELM on top of potential risk factors to prevent problems before they happen.
  • Innovating water management to improve environmental concerns. ELM is coordinating with utility companies, manufacturers and conservation specialists to educate its clients about drought and resource management. ELM’s water management program delivers on tight budgets to repair deteriorating irrigation systems and improve conservation metrics with cloud-based technologies designed to improve sustainability profiles, safeguard ground water quality, and reduce annual water costs.

For information on improving your green footprint, assessing the aesthetics of your facility’s open space, implementing sustainable approaches to irrigation, stormwater filtration, or creating a stronger continuity of pedestrian-friendly common areas, contact Vice President, Operations, Bruce Moore, Jr. at 203-316-5433.

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It’s Tick Season. How Landscape Modifications Can Protect Your Employees.

Tick-borne diseases are an emerging health problem. In fact, the number of people getting diseases from ticks, mosquito and fleas, is on the rise.  In Fairfield County, the Connecticut Department of Public Health is advising its residents to take added tick prevention measures, at home and at work, to avoid the tick-borne Lyme disease.

The best defense is to manage risk. Currently, no vaccines are available in the U.S. against any tick-borne disease so landscape adjustments and the use of integrated pest management are among the most effective ways to reduce exposure, especially on commercial properties featuring high grass, brushy or wooded areas, and areas adjacent to ornamental plantings, walls, and walking trails.

ELM recommends the following tick control measures:

  • Increase buffer zones to increase sunlight, reduce tick habitat, and discourage rodent hosts.
  • Create clean and clearly defined borders between planted areas, beds, and lawns.
  • Cut back wood and brush lines to protect pedestrians from brushing up against vegetation.
  • Introduce mulch or gravel barriers between wooded areas and lawns.
  • Clear brush, debris and leaf litter, especially along edges of walls, driveways, and lawns.
  • Add hardscape, such as stone, tile, and gravel paths to increase tick safe buffer zones.
  • Manage or remove invasive plant species that provide habitat for ticks carrying Lyme disease.
  • Keep lawn areas mowed.
  • Discourage foraging deer by introducing deer-resistant annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees.
  • Apply deer repellents to limit deer feeding territory.
  • Use a safe and sustainable integrated pest management (IPM) program that uses either organic or insecticidal methods to reduce risk, and monitor and control disease-bearing insect populations during summer’s warmer months.

For more information on ELM’s pest, tick, mosquito and flea-management program, contact Vice President, Operations, Bruce Moore, Jr. at 203-316-5433.

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Photo: Adult black legged (deer) tick.

 

Best Landscape Improvements to Increase the Value of Your Property.

With spring weather and longer days, pedestrian-friendly outdoor spaces are back in business.

For many properties, landscaped open spaces pulls the business together. Open air verandas, greenways for biking and interconnected systems of nature paths and walkways can often become the heartbeat of your campus.

Our harsh winter, however, may have left your grounds in need of repair. Excess water, from abundant snow melt can lead to drainage problems above and below the surface. Sunken pavers or damaged pavements and cracks in retaining walls are problems that are easy to spot on a walk-through.

Sometimes issues that are minor are more extensive that you might think. We can diagnose potential problems and help you decide what to tackle first.

To keep it simple, we recommend the following list of freshening projects and repair solutions that will deliver the greatest return on your investment. 

Plant more trees: Trees are one of the few plants that continue to add sustainable economic value, long after other plants outlive their peak performance. They absorb pollutants, improve air quality, regulate air temperature, and their root systems add nutrients to the soil and anchor the landscape to reduce rates of erosion.

Reimagine lawns: High performing lawn alternatives include replacing traditional or under-utilized lawn areas with perennial meadows, planting foot-friendly ground covers, and installing wide herbaceous borders planted with ornamental grasses and shrubs to add interest.

Improve outdoor work spaces:  On corporate sites, outdoor rooms, covered patios, terraces, above grade decks, and recreational amenities are shaping the new integrated work space.  Bocce ball and sports courts, roof top gardens, and courtyards encourage employee social interaction and productivity.  Privacy screens using strategic plant material provide quiet work area alternatives and warm weather collaboration space.

Reduce environmental impacts:

Pedestrian friendly is also bike friendly. Bolster the health benefits your stakeholders receive from your property with bike paths, racks and storage areas. Use reclaimed masonry and lumber to refresh built elements; monitor water usage through high tech digital systems; control drainage and erosion problems to protect ground water quality; restore habitat areas to attract pollinators and beneficial insects; and modify streams to protect estuaries, and riparian corridors.

Create accessibility:

ADA-compliant improvements in benches, walkways, ramps, and parking surfaces help corporate properties be inclusive to all individuals. Rehabilitate facades, upgrade signage, walkways and medians, with improved safety lighting will significantly increase market value.

Boost image:

The exterior of your building is the first impression people have. Exterior areas that are inviting, interactive, and vibrant with flowers and trees, and use an interesting mix of building materials, send a message that speaks to the quality and spirit of your brand while complementing the look and feel of your property.

Get LEED® certified:

Landscape improvements can qualify for LEED® by improving soil, addressing water efficiency and drainage, and the strategic use of plants and trees.  Our ecologically sound principles for maintenance, and maintenance practices, which include the proper application and use of nutrients and chemical alternatives to reduce toxicity, are critical to achieving green credits for energy efficiency.

As corporate campuses adapt to changing needs, ELM can help property owners and managers revitalize landscapes and assist in the planning of hardscape improvements to coordinates with other site infrastructure upgrades, as well as implement programs for annual repair and maintenance.

For more information on re-energizing your landscape, support LEED® goals, or simply to offer your employees a thriving integrated outdoor space, contact Bruce Moore Jr., vice president operations at 203.316.5433

Photo caption:  Ecological restoration projects are win-wins that benefit habitat biodiversity and serve corporate sustainability goals.  ELM created a healthier waterway in this stream reclamation project by re-directing the creek’s flow, re-building the stream bed and its banks as part of a drainage swale project for Oracle Corporation in Stamford. © ELM.

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Hard Times for Tulips

Just when we thought spring was finally here, freakish weather hit everyone’s favorite flower and brought with it a late leaf-out of landscape trees and shrubs.

While the damage can be upsetting, all is not lost. In many cases, replacing or pruning out dead or injured plant material is the best course of action, especially if the plants or stems have died back.

If your landscape has experienced late winter trauma, we recommend:

  • Spread nutrient-dense mulch around plants to hold warmth in the soil and protect roots.
  • Assess and prune damaged plants once there is no longer a risk of frost.
  • Aerate lawns, sod or seed bare spots.
  • Set up lawn and plant health care program.
  • Clean up and divide perennial foliage, and thin roots.
  • Prune shrubs damaged by frost before any new growth appears.
    Clean up left over leaves and debris from winter storms to keep landscape free of pathogens, mold and decomposed material.
  • Cut back ornamental grasses to prep for spring growth.
  • Apply pre-emergent herbicide to beds when temps warm and before seeds germinate.
  • Spray susceptible trees and shrubs with non-toxic products to prevent disease and infestation.
  • Assess drainage problems and look for potential ground water issues and fix.
  • Run sprinkler systems to adjust for optimum coverage and inspect for leaks.
  • Check sprinkler heads for damage by weather, equipment, or burrowing animals.
  • Repair broken outdoor lighting that took abuse in the winter.
  • Upgrade outdoor outlets with safety devices.
  • Upgrade obsolete irrigation systems with automatic, Wi-Fi controlled systems and to comply with local water restrictions.

ELM’s customer support team cares deeply about the success of your landscape and is at the forefront of making sure your spring starts off on the right foot.

If you have any questions about the health and well-being of your landscape, contact ELM operations vice president