Chicago-area contractor receives skid-steer loader as grand prize in the 2010 Landscaper's Challenge.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Beating out challengers from across the country, Greg Semmer and Kinsella Landscape took home a brand new skid-steer loader at the 2010 Landscaper’s Challenge awards.
The contest, sponsored by New Holland Construction, sought to recognize the best design/build projects in the country. Kinsella Landscape was chosen from the field of six semi-finalists by Lawn & Landscape’s panel of industry judges on the merits of its design, overall appeal, material selection and workmanship.
“Our entire team at Kinsella feel very grateful and honored to be receiving the grand prize for The 2010 Landscaper’s Challenge-sponsored by New Holland. It was a total team effort from the designer to the production team,” said Greg Semmer, Kinsella Landscape president. “In these hard times, it’s crucial for everyone to keep striving for quality and use of better practices in the green industry. For us, winning this skid-steer validates the belief that quality and service are still the most important values of a company.”
Kinsella Landscape gave a complete facelift to a featureless space, creating a “city chic” atmosphere for all to enjoy in a townhouse complex. The patio area needed to be open enough for children's rollerblading, yet effectively convertible to a useable entertainment space for adult gatherings. One mature locust and one enormous mulberry were retained and ivy on the neighbor's wall was inherited.
The main patio was connected via a curved walkway to a sequestered private conversation space. All the planting beds on the project are raised, and they are dry-laid, hand-chiseled and traditional in appearance. Based on their size, all the trees except one needed to be lifted into the back gardens by an 80-ton crane and set in individual planting pits.
“The team at Kinsella Landscape and I are very appreciative of this valuable award. We would like to thank Sam Lagham at Martin Implement for bringing this contest to our attention,” said company founder George Kinsella. “We would also like to thank New Holland and Lawn & Landscape magazine for holding this competition. We have all New Holland skid-steers and it will be great to add this tractor to our fleet!”
The New Holland L170 skid-steer loader is worth more than $32,000. Semi-finalists received $250 worth of New Holland merchandise.
"New Holland is pleased to honor Kinsella Landscape as this year’s winner, and we congratulate the other semi-finalists and contestants for the challenges they overcame to complete their projects," said Dave December, marketing manager, New Holland Construction.
The five semi-finalist were:
• Eric Buzzatto, Rain Men Landscaping and Irrigation, McDonald, Pa.
• Victor Coppola, GreenWorks Environmental, Allenwood, N.J.
• Scott Edmondson, C&S Landscaping of Virginia, Strasburg, Va.
• Christopher Haldeman, Sycamore Springs Landscape, Reading, Pa.
• Keith Morris, K. Morris Landscape Design, Oakdale, Pa.
Check out this video slideshow of the winning projects, including before and after photos, and a video of the award presentation.