Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2014

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102 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 5 8 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 8 7 engineering and landscape architecture specifically include, and therefore place beyond the practice of architects: • preparation, review, and analysis of master plans for land use and development; • production of overall site development and "land enhancement" plans; • grading and drainage plans; and • design of land forms and nonhabitable structures such as pools, walls, and structures for aesthetic and functional purposes. The attorneys state the statutory changes will require greater involvement of consultants on Kansas construction projects. The attorneys further state the statutory revisions do not clarify whether a builder in Kansas, for instance, can undertake a design-build contract and subcontract the design services to a licensed architect or engineer. In addition to the "common technical services" under the Kansas statute, the practice of landscape architecture includes: consultation, planning, designing or responsible supervision in connection with the development of land areas for preservation and enhancement; development of sustainable designs and technology; preparation, review and analysis of master plans for land use and development; production of overall site development and land enhancement plans, grading and drainage plans, irrigation plans, planting plans and construction details; specifications, cost analysis and reports for land development; and the designing of land forms and nonhabitable structures for aesthetic and functional purposes, such as pools, walls and structures for outdoor living spaces, for public and private use. The practice of landscape architecture also encompasses the determination of proper land use as it pertains to: natural features; ground cover, use, nomenclature and arrangement of plant material adapted to soils and climate; naturalistic and aesthetic values; settings and approaches to structures and other improvements; soil conservation; erosion control; and the development of outdoor space in accordance with ideals of human use and enjoyment. Kansas Bill (continued from page 100) The new bill is not welcomed legislation for the approximate 167 licensed landscape architects in Kansas, and certainly not a good precedent for the more than 25,000 landscape architect licenses issued across the U.S.

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