Signature Landscapes Ranked on List of Green Industry’s Largest Companies

Landscape Management released its 2014 LM150 list of the Green Industry’s largest companies ranked by 2013 revenue. Signature Landscapes ranked No. 138 on the list in 2013 annual revenue.

“It’s exciting to have made the list,” said managing partner, Lebo Newman of Signature Landscapes. “It’s truly a testament to the incredible amount of sweat and dedication our teams have delivered over the last 18 months. It’s nice to be recognized.”

The landscape industry’s top 150 revenue-generating firms logged a combined $7,668,025,804 in 2013 annual revenue—a 0.2 percent drop from last year’s list totaling $7,689,821,749 in 2012 annual revenue. The figure remains lower than 2010’s nearly $7.8 billion total. Overall, LM150 companies averaged a 12 percent growth rate from 2012 to 2013.

“Congratulations to Signature Landscapes and all the companies on this year’s LM150 list,” said Marisa Palmieri, editor of Landscape Management. “Many of the firms on this list are the best of the best. It’s an honor to be among them.”

The LM150 list, published by Landscape Management, represents nearly $7.7 billion in 2013 annual revenue. Learn more


Carson Tahoe Named Nation’s 5th Most Beautiful Hospital

A hospital that makes patients feel better on arrival? It’s true, beautiful hospitals have been shown to speed healing. And Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center has just been recognized for its commitment to the patient, being named the fifth most-beautiful hospital in the U.S. by Soliant Health, one of the largest healthcare staffing companies in the country.

Signature Landscapes couldn’t be more excited for the hospital and is proud to have installed this amazing landscape years ago – and still maintains this beautiful facility today.

most_beautiful_hospitals-2014“There is a special feel to hospitals with inviting public spaces and soothing private rooms,” said Gale Yochum, a nine-year Soliant operating room travel nurse. “Patients who feel satisfied with the facility may recover faster and have shorter stays, which is good for both hospital and patient.”

Soliant judges said they could see this hospital being used as an exterior location for any number of big-budget Hollywood sci-fi movies. In the words of hospital officials, the newly-constructed facility is meant to celebrate the wonders of the natural world that surrounds it, “capturing and embracing the healing forces of nature’s elements.”

If you would like to learn more about the Carson Tahoe Health facility, simply visit www.carsontahoe.com. Article photo by: Richard Stokes for CTRH Publication.

Homebuilders association recognizes top builders, projects | nnbw.com

Signature is a proud winner of a BANNer Awards Trophy this year! Thanks to everyone at the Builders Association of Northern Nevada who helped put on an incredible event this Friday!

  • Outdoor Lifestyle AwardSingle family residence: Signature Landscapes, Enloe Residence.
  • Most outstanding subcontractor: Signature Landscape (nominated by KDH Builders/Jenuane Communities).

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Signature Landscapes Sweeps Top Awards At Nevada Landscape Association Gala

Local landscaper, Signature Landscapes, was the recipient of the most prestigious award for Northern Nevada landscapers; the President’s Award, for their work at the renowned Schaffer’s Mill Sports Complex in Truckee, California. Receiving the award during the Nevada Landscape Association’s annual award gala, was Tim Laskowski, construction manager for the landscape contractor.

"It’s been an extremely busy year for Signature, and this award really goes out to our guys who put their blood, sweat and tears in this property," said Laskowski. "And to win for such an incredibly beautiful building, it makes it that much more satisfying."

Signature’s installation team was responsible for all aspects of hardscape (paver and stonework) around the entire complex including the pool area and the extensive labyrinth of pathways throughout the 7.4-acre clubhouse village. The complex includes a pool, hot springs bathing area, several restaurants, a sports shop, large fitness center and Schaffer’s Square, a community gathering spot.

The company’s work for the sports complex was also recognized for several other outstanding awards. Signature was awarded 1st Place for the Hardscape Installation category;  receiving a perfect 10 on the scoring chart – an achievement rarely seen in the award’s history.

The Schaffer’s Mill work also received the Environmental Award for acute awareness for building water efficient and environmentally balanced landscapes that do not sacrifice the quality of the design nor the quality of life for the project overall.

Finally, the company also took home the Large Commercial Installation for the project.

“We’ve never seen one of our projects sweep the top of the field like the Schaffer’s Mill project,” said Laskowski. “It’s a testament to every facet of our installation team, from our guys in the trenches to the managers running the big picture, they really stepped up and took this landscape to heart!”

Signature Landscapes was the recipient of several other awards at the event such as their first place work for Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, and a number of residential homes. The company was awarded the President’s Trophy last year for their work on the large Shakespeare Ranch property in Glenbrook, Tahoe.

 

2013 NEVADA LANDSCAPE ASSOCIATION AWARDS for Signature Landscapes

  1. Presidents Award: Schaffer’s Mill Sports Complex
  2. Environmental Award: Schaffer’s Mill Sports Complex
  3. Large Commercial InstallationSchaffer’s Mill Sports Complex
  4. 1st Place Hardscape Installation: (perfect 10) Schaffer’s  Mill Sports Complex
  5. Large Commercial Installation: Lyon County Detention Facility
  6. 1st Place Large Commercial Maintenance: Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center
  7. 1st Place Large Residential Installation: Enloe Residence – ALSO OUTDOOT LIFESTYLE AWARD WINNER for The 2013 BANNer Awards!
  8. 3rd Place Large Commercial Maintenance: Reno Corporate Center
  9. 2nd Place Medium Commercial Maintenance: Sandhill Business Center
  10. 1st Place Small Residential Installation: Lumsden Residence

Dan Osborn Earns Landscape Industry Certified Manager Designation

Dan_Mug_5x7Commercial Account Manager, Dan Osborn from Signature Landscapes has earned his Landscape Industry Certified Manager certification designation.

The certification, one of the nation’s most rigid for the landscape industry, is designed to showcase truly talented landscape contractors, business owners and managers who are committed to a higher standard of knowledge and execution of landscape principles.

The Signature Landscapes team is also proud to share the world that Mr. Osborn did extremely well on the exam overall, passing each module on the first try; something seldom seen in the LIC testing process.

Dan has been a professional in the field of landscape and facilities management for the past 25 years. Prior to Signature, Dan served the community as the Class A Superintendent for Northgate and Wildcreek Golf Courses. His expertise carries a thorough knowledge of Northern Nevada climates, especially turf care.

Congratulations and well done on your LIC manager certification designation, Dan!

Lebo Newman featured in American Nurseryman Magazine

Lebo Newman, one of Signature Landscapes’ owners was quoted in the latest American Nurseryman Magazine.

“We absolutely use [an award] as a marketing tool. We look at it as an honor bestowed by our peers. The judges are always peers in our industry, so they know the industry. If our competition is going to deem us worthy of an award, that speaks highly of our work. We feel that if we prove ourselves with that group, then it’s an excellent verification of what we’re trying to do.”

View full article here: American Nurseryman Magazine – Horticulture Magazine and Horticulture Books – What It Takes to Win – June, 2013 – FEATURES.

Signature Landscapes wins Presidents Award from Nevada Landscape Association

Signature Landscapes came out on top among several award winners for outstanding landscape maintenance and construction during the 22nd Annual Nevada Landscape Association Banquet on November 9, 2012.

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The highlight of the night, the coveted President’s Award was won for their maintenance services at the world class 20-plus acre Shakespeare Ranch, Lake Tahoe. The honor is presented annually for the best landscape receiving the highest overall judging score.

“To manage the landscape of a stellar property such as the Shakespeare Ranch makes me proud to begin with,” said Justin Trimble, partner of Signature Landscapes. “But to win the top NLA award adds a cherry on top! It’s really a great honor.”

Featured in Architectural Digest, Shakespeare Ranch (named for Glenbrook’s craggy rock resembling the playwright), has a famous following in its own right. Hosting dignitaries such as chef Emeril Lagasse, private concerts from Lionel Richie, and even former President Bush, who mentioned “They don’t make barns like this in Texas” during his stay.This is not the first time Signature Landscapes has been honored with the award; winning for the Cottages at Montrêux in 2007, and the Foothill Industrial Park in 2002. The company won 1st Place for the beautiful Ranch as well in the Large Residential Maintenance award category.

Jim Stanhouse honored as Ambassador for the Landscape Industry

Jim Stanhouse, Ambassador to the Landscape Industry

Jim Stanhouse, commercial manager for Signature Landscapes was awarded with the Ambassador for the Landscape Industry by the Nevada Landscape Association.

Given to the individual who has best served as a representative for the Green Industry, the award is a testament to Stanhouse’s commitment to educating Northern Nevada’s future landscape professionals. His dedication to leading the certification process for the NLA over the years has resulted in certifying more than 100 landscape professionals, and helping to raise the bar for landcare and maintenance in the community.

“Landscape professionals who become certified are recognized for having the high level of industry knowledge plus the experience to do a great job,” Stanhouse said of the certification process.

Always humble, and willing to share the spotlight, Stanhouse celebrated the award by presenting certifications to this year’s seven new landscapers at the award banquet held at the Silver Legacy, Friday night.

 

Signature Landscapes voted BEST LANDSCAPER

You read that right! Signature Landscapes voted #1 Landscaper in Northern Nevada in the 2012 Reno News and Review’s Best of Northern Nevada reader’s choice contest. Otherwise known as the Reno News & Review’s Biggest Little Best of Northern Nevada. And just in case you missed the Best Of’s from prior years, this is our SECOND first place win!

So…

Thank you, Northern Nevada!

We love you! There’s nothing else we’d rather be doing than serving each and every one of you all year long. Landscaping is our passion, our art and our way of life, and we couldn’t do it without your business.

LINK TO THE RENO NEWS & REVIEW BEST-OF ARTICLE

Best of Northern Nevada

PHOTO GALLERY OF SIGNATURE’S BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES

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Signature Wins Best Safety Program at BANNer Awards

In 2007 the leadership of Signature Landscapes identified a number of strategies required to put our company mission and core values into action. With a full staff of 200-plus laborers working with dangerous tools and equipment every day, it was quickly decided substantial success would be achieved through the development and implementation of a robust, company-wide Safety Education and Enforcement program.

Specifically we wanted to address and provide credence to the two following:

1) Excerpt from our mission statement:
Providing innovative landscape solutions, enriching our community with service though valued and exceptional employees with a commitment to influential industry leadership.

2) Excerpt from our core values:

  1. Teamwork made up of exceptional employees with quality and pride in their work
  2. Create opportunity for personal, professional and company growth
  3. To have a profitable company to build value, and ensure our future
  4. Be the industry leader in all that we do

Fewer Accidents, Lower EMR (MOD rate), Lower Lost-Day Rates

> Constant safety message hits home the value of a Zero-Injury workplace


Our safety program is centered on two key areas: Accident Prevention and Safety Education.

Accident prevention is considered a primary importance in all phases of operation and administration. To ensure these goals are met, procedures have been put into place and are enforced daily since program inception.

Safety education comes in a variety of formats and frequencies. Due to the transient nature of our employee pool, a simple education program has paid off and safety continues to be a top training topic every season.  Each new topic is hand delivered weekly to every employee and followed up with a manager’s discussion and overview of the subject.

Topics are prioritized by historical recurrence as well as event driven. For example, just 18 months ago, a tragic accident occurred on a local freeway (not Signature related) where a couch flew off of a trailer only to cause a horrible accident and loss of life. The next business day our teams were instructed in the proper tie-down procedures for large loads.

Insurance-related claims have dropped 20%  and hospital visits due to accidents are down 45% since 2008. Automotive incidents have substantially decreased since the program launch. Employees can quickly reference any safety topic or procedure by reviewing a complete Safety Reference binder in each division’s ready-room. Signage is also posted around the building to alert and educate employees on key safety topics.

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