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The Prayer Gardens of St. Dominic

by Tom Mortensen 29. October 2015 11:46


Over the past 10 years, I have been involved
with the design and installation of the Prayer Gardens of St. Dominic, part of St. Dominic Catholic Parish in Brookfield, Wis. One of my daughter’s teachers at St. Dominic Catholic School approached me back in 2005 with the idea of creating a special place on the parish campus, and I saw this as a way to give back to the community of friends and families by sharing my talent and passion for landscape architecture in a positive, meaningful way.

The gardens are a very special place and projects such as this don’t come along too often in one’s career. 

The installation of the gardens spanned the past 10 years and was funded by generous donations from members of the parish community. A local studio owned by another parish member created sketches and designs of the various shrines throughout the gardens. The maintenance of the gardens is being donated by a landscape contractor who is also a parish member. Parish pastor Fr. David Reith was the guiding force that provided the ongoing leadership, involvement and support that made this project a reality.

Read more about the garden project in “Landscape Architect and Specifier News” (below) and on our firm’s website.

 Prayer Gardens of St. Dominic.pdf (405.24 kb)





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New-Tech Parking Meters Simplify Payment Process

by John Burgan 12. October 2015 12:01

The Wisconsin Chapter of AWPA (American Public Works Association) recently published its October 2015 newsletter. Take a read through all of the informative and interesting articles, including the article from the Engineering & Technology Committee on page 11.

Because of my interest in municipal parking, I chose to feature parking meters and the technology currently used for those operating in the City of Milwaukee. Also of note are mobile parking payment apps. Read on to learn more.

New-Tech Parking Meters Simplify Payment Process
APWA Wisconsin Chapter October 2015 Newsletter



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