Local 11 Forces a Change and a New Design is Created

West Village Rooftop Restoration

After 10 years of enjoying his rooftop overlooking the Hudson River a longtime client of ours found it necessary to sacrifice his terrace for 6 months due to the building’s need for Local 11 work. Local 11 is a law that was passed in 1998 requiring buildings above 6 stories to have regular inspections and repair work to their facades for the safety of pedestrians and owners below.

West Village Rooftop Restoration

Scaffolding, cables, and equipment require a 6 month period of non-use.

Our client’s outdoor space was the actual rooftop for the entire north side of the building and this meant tearing apart many of the built-in planters, removing plants, and key elements to make room for the scaffolding and equipment. What was initially a major inconvenience turned out to be a welcome opportunity for our client to bring the terrace’s design into a more modern, simplified, and clean aesthetic.

New Planters and Plants allow for more Furniture:

West Village Rooftop RestorationAll of the built-in Cedar planters were removed and brand new, colorful architectural fiberglass freestanding planters took their place.

Fresh plantings were added of different varieties highlighting the colorful containers as they grow vertically and spill over. Reducing the planted areas on the terrace allowed the incorporation of more furniture and more capability for entertaining, which the client had been longing for.

Simple and low-slung teak sofas, chair and coffee tables create an intimate sitting area while the existing chaise lounges have more room to breathe and a permanent location on the rooftop.

West Village Rooftop Restoration

An Entire Outdoor Living Space is Anchored by the Pergola:

The clear Cedar pergola from the original design was restored to its original honey color and all hardware was sanded and brought back to original finishes. Keeping the pergola was imperative to the client as it allowed the dining area to be kept in the same spot which offers unobstructed views of the Hudson River to the west and the Empire State Building to the north.

West Village Rooftop Restoration

West Village Rooftop RestorationNext to the dining area, custom cabinetry with a serving counter and storage below provides a perfect spot for staging food and cocktails while also providing protection from the elements for the client’s stereo controls and other electronics.

Lighting and Irrigation:

Existing lighting and irrigation systems were removed and replaced with brand new, state-of-the-art landscape lighting and drip irrigation systems. Whipping winds, shady spots, and blazing sun are all elements that are experienced on this rooftop and the new drip system allows for each plant to be watered at different rates and frequencies based on their unique needs throughout the space. A fully customized low-voltage lighting system provides a dramatic effect on the plants and hardscapes as the sun sets and the outdoor space is used into the night.

We look forward to a wonderful spring and thank you for your continued business and support!

- kokobo greenscapes…. Design, Build, Sustain

Kokobo takes home TWO GOLDS and a SILVER at the LINLA awards!!!

On the eve of the Olympics as team USA prepares to win lots of Gold & Silver medals in Sochi… kokobo takes home TWO GOLDS and SILVER at LINLA awards!!!

LINLA, the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Association, is a New York State professional association started in the early 1960′s.

kokobo wins big!

kokobo wins bigOur team happily accepted THREE awards; Two Gold and One Silver! kokobo’s submissions this year were in direct contrast to each other as one was a large rooftop in the financial district, one a suburban property on Long Island; and one a small backyard in Queens.

 

SILVER AWARD

A petite backyard in Queens received a much needed makeover. After weeks of hard work the changes made to this humble backyard made a world of difference, almost unrecognizable from its previous state!

Queens Backyard Renovation

GOLD AWARD

A Massapequa family with a love for traveling, desired renovations to their home influenced by two of their favorite destinations; One of them Thailand and the other Bali. The team worked diligently to make this limiting space a proper fusion of both places.

kokobo wins big

GOLD AWARD

In New York City the newly designed and constructed communal rooftop, has made its way from loud and imposing utility structures to warm and cozy nooks. All of which can be enjoyed by the residents and their guests year round.

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At the Banquet…..

Now, back to our “night out”. The evening was informative as well as fun. During the cocktail hour, we were able to view all the competitive portfolios with all the feedback from judges. As dinner was served, a wonderful slideshow and commentary was provided highlighting all of the winner’s projects with amazing before and after pictures as well as detailed construction pictures showing all of the challenges and intricate steps required to complete the incredible projects.

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Construction and Production managers Mike Muscatello and Zachary Madarash with Michael Madarash-Principal Designer

“As always, this year’s LINLA awards dinner proved to be an amazing celebration of the top landscape designers and their projects in our region. With design firms, suppliers, vendors and installers present, it was a fantastic evening to review and recognize the different styles, budgets and materials that go into each award winning design. I was very proud to be a part of such projects and look forward to all the future designs that may be recognized as well. Can’t wait for next year!”

- Zach Madarash, Production Manager

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Kokobo Designers Kaylin Rostron and Irena Romovacek with significant supplier Melissa Daniels

“It was another fun evening at the Milleridge Cottage and so great to see a fresh display of project types! We got to welcome a few new faces and names to the community who provided a different view and practice to the entries and the field of landscape design moving into 2014. It was an honor to be a part of the celebration and to be recognized.”

- Kaylin Rostron Senior Landscape Designer

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading our exciting news and stay tuned for our next newsletter which will highlight new projects as spring time gets closer and closer!!!

Until then….

Thank you for your valued support.

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QUEENS BACKYARD IS DOUBLED IN SIZE AND HOMEOWNERS NOW ENJOY OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING AT ITS FINEST

—Backyard Landscape Renovation in Queens, NY—

THE “BACK” STORY

Queens BackyardA petite backyard in Queens was in dire need of a new look, smarter use of limited space, and more structurally-sound construction. The shared garage had a sagging roof, crumbling walls, and a ugly block facade. While there were some overgrown trees on the property the backyard was very drab and lacking any real greenery. The stoop to the raised porch was lopsided and the canopy covering the porch was in desperate need of updating. The clients were interested in outdoor cooking and entertaining for small groups, using the space at night, and greening and softening the edges of the yard to provide an attractive border and privacy from the alleyway behind and the neighbors.

DEMOLITION BEGINS AND THE MAIN SPACE TAKES SHAPE

Queens BackyardThe garage became a harrowing task to rectify, as asbestos was discovered in the rooftop materials, and it being a shared structure, cooperation with the neighbors was mandatory. Permits were obtained, the asbestos was taken care of by an environmental firm and the garage was demolished and carted away.

The large arborvitae at the rear of the yard had to be removed, due to their encroaching size and the light that they blocked from the space. The Japanese maple was kept however, for it was healthy and its curvy truck provided an interesting effect against the fencing. New plantings were adding into every corner and edge of the backyard – a raised bed against the house hosts an array of perennials and ferns, a small bed opposite the kitchen island has vines which will grow along the new fence and soften that narrow pathway, a second bed along that fence and at the rear of the yard provides evergreen interest and privacy from the alley behind, finally tiny little beds at the base of the 4 iron trellis posts contain ivy which will grow up and over the structure throughout the year to offer shade and seasonal interest.

Queens Backyard Renovation

Queens Backyard RenovationThe stoop, landing, and steps to the basement received all new materials. Stucco risers with blue stone treads create an elegant entry from the garden into the house, along with stucco cheek walls with bluestone cap stones. Step lights were installed into each so they can be easily navigated at night and add to the ambiance of the space. The stoop canopy was replaced with a natural cedar railing and overhead structure covered by an opaque corrugated fiberglass roof that allows light to penetrate the previously dark sitting area on the landing.

 

OUTDOOR COOKING AND ENTERTAINING

While entertaining, the clients can utilize the outdoor kitchen island which was designed to host a grill, refrigerator, storage, and bar seating, as well as provide ample serving space. It was important to the clients that the “grillmaster” be allowed to share in the occasion, so the dining area was placed next to the island and they are able to converse with those seated at the dining table and at the bar seamlessly. The dining area is demarcated by a prefabricated iron trellis in which custom lighting has been hung to illuminate the table well into the evening.

Queens Backyard Renovation

AN “AWARD-WINNING” FINAL RESULT

Drastic changes to the small backyard have made a world of difference and the space is almost unrecognizable from what it used to be! One of the interesting facts about this project is that eco-friendly materials were used on many elements…the pavers in the dining area are permeable to reduce surface run-off, the concrete used for foundations and walkways was a special eco-friendly mix, and all of the landscape lighting is low-voltage and LED which will consume very little energy.

In the end, the project provided the homeowners with exactly what they envisioned…a larger space with all the amenities they hoped to include in their outdoor “lounge”. This project recently was awarded a SILVER design award in the MINISCAPE division (spaces <2,000 sf) at the LINLA 2013 Landscape Design/Build Environmental Enhancement Awards.

Queens Backyard Renovation

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THE ROOF OF WALL STREET

10 Hanover Square gets a complete rooftop renovation.

rooftop space nycThe owners of this high-end residential rental building in the Financial District became interested in designing a communal rooftop space and after a recommendation from their interior design firm BG International, contacted kokobo and the story begins! Upon the first site visit it became clear to the kokobo design team the improvements this rooftop space required in order to make a warm and friendly area to host the residents and their guests.

The Design Elements

Large, centrally-located electrical rooms and air conditioning units would need to be shielded from view due to their extremely imposing nature in a space walled in with prominent parapet walls. A unique and colorful steel scaffold-like structure circumnavigates the roof which supports the mobile window washing mechanism. kokobo felt the steel structure was out of the way enough and interesting in style that it should be incorporated and even highlighted in the new design. Finally, the entrance to the rooftop would need to be brightened and an imposing air conditioning vent structure overhead hidden from view. With these specific and design parameters kokobo set to work!

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Design Process

We chose to conceal and beautify the electrical rooms and air conditioning units with 12′ high IPE ‘Slot Walls’ which are essentially wall structures that enclose continuous slots of living wall panels in a decorative, geometric pattern and utilize minimal footprint space. This created a warm and attractive border enclosing the outdoor rooms and serve to stop the eye from taking in the rooftop utilities. The prominent parapet walls and red steel structure act as divisions of outdoor rooms and spaces with varying uses. The first space you come upon from the entrance is a living room with multiple sofas and comfy lounge chairs surrounding a custom coffee table with built in lighting for nighttime ambiance. Next to the living room is the sunning room filled with chaise lounges for individuals wishing to soak in the rays on those wonderfully sunny NYC days. In the corner of the communal roof top is the second living room with similar outfitting to the first, but on a much larger scale. The fourth space as you turn the corner of the rooftop is the dining area, set with multiple table and chair configurations for rooftop dining of any size or occasion. Finally we come to the last outdoor room next to the dining which is the outdoor kitchen. The large island includes 2 grills, 2 refrigerators, an ice maker, and ample storage space for multiple families or groups to serve and enjoy.

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The outdoor rooms are further denoted by overhead trellis and pergola structures in IPE wood which warms the look of the parapet wall and provides an airy ceiling to allow sunlight to penetrate the rooms. A custom IPE and river rock soffit was designed to hide the prominent flashing along the base of the parapet wall and also conceals the electrical and irrigation supply running around the perimeter of the rooftop. The imposing air conditioning vent at the entrance is hidden by an IPE ceiling which stops the eye from seeing the vent but also provides enough air flow in and around the openings.

The darkness of the entrance has been brightened by adding light box planters with rich green ferns along the entrance walls that illuminate your view as soon as you step foot outside. A continuous band of light at the base of the surrounding IPE walls light the ground plane for easy navigation. Freestanding planters are sprinkled throughout the roof space to provide further softening of surrounding architecture and variety of foliage to be enjoyed. Stepping onto the communal rooftop has changed from loud and imposing utility structures, parapet walls, and steel structures to what is now warm and cozy nooks for tenants to enjoy a variety of sitting areas and amenities for any occasion, whether it’s sunning on a hot summer day or having drinks with friends after work, the space and features are amply provided.

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Happy New Year and wishing you the absolute best for a wonderful 2014, from all of us at kokobo greenscapes!

 

How We Built a Greenwall at NBC “30 Rock” in 3 Days!

Greenwall at NBC 30 RockOne of the most rewarding projects that kokobo greenscapes took on was the installation of a vertical garden, or a greenwall, inside the commissary at 30 Rockefeller Plaza AKA 30 Rock in late 2012.

What made this installation even more exciting was the timing of it all, because NBC was running its Presidential Election coverage right after the completion of our project!

So many challenges that we could not have prepared for came up during our work at 30 Rock but the Kokobo team still managed to pull it off, in 3 days! Here’s how:

Greenwall at NBC 30 Rock

What are greenwalls?

Greenwalls or vertical gardens are essentially living walls of plants that are grown in vertical fashion. Because of this unique layout, they have grown in popularity in urban areas, where space is limited. From its origination in Europe to its introduction and its recent rise in popularity in America, greenwalls are an art form that continue to impress and delight visitors in anyone’s home, office, restaurants, hotels, and parks.

Installing the green wall

Day 1 – Our Time Gets Cut Short

The most challenging part of the project was the limited time that we had to get the wall installed onsite. We had been speaking with the client for about two months prior to installation and all along we were assured that there would be ample amount of time from when the space was complete to allow us enough time to install and prepare the space well in advance of the upcoming election night viewing party in the commissary. It’s always very important when installing landscape elements that they are installed LAST after all the other trades are complete so that the plants are not harmed by dust and debris and also to provide our team with the appropriate work space to get things done. As the opening date for the commissary was getting closer, we spoke to the client almost daily and they would indicate that the other trades were not finished yet and that it wasn’t quite time. But how would we be able to complete the 5 day install if there were other trades on site and if there wasn’t even 5 days available?

Working with the other Trades

The deadline for the project was quickly approaching so we came to the conclusion that we needed to start hanging the brackets for the wall immediately. When we arrived at the job site, the large work area that we had planned to use to stage materials and then ultimately plant all of the individual pots was completely cluttered with materials, equipment, and workmen. Electricians, plumbers, carpenters, laborers, and audiovisual techs were everywhere so we made a decision that it was not going to be the best place to stage and plant everything…this would have to be done back at our facility in Long Island City, an extra step in an already very complicated install.

Hanging the Metal Brackets

Greenwall at NBC 30 RockWhat had to be done onsite was the hanging of the brackets which all of the greenwall pots would hang onto as well as the irrigation basins. We set up our scaffolding and began to block off an area so that we could work safely and expeditiously. Because the other trades were not complete yet, we had to move and restage all of our equipment and our scaffolding many times during the install. The first step was to start hanging all the metal brackets and this was handled by a three-man team during the middle of the day, as our plan was to work through the late afternoon into the evening as this would allow us more space as trades finish working around 4 o’clock. By the end of the first day we had installed approximately 80% of the metal brackets. What we found was, as we were getting closer to the end of the project, the space that we had to work was so limited that we were getting slower and slower as we got closer and closer to finishing!

Greenwall at NBC 30 RockWhile this is going on, we had another three-man team working to plant out the over 800 pots of plants that had to be hung on the wall. We didn’t want to box the plants up for the transport until the last possible moment so it was imperative that we kept all the plants separate to provide good airflow, appropriate temperature and adequate light until they were ready to be shipped to the city. I was monitoring both teams simultaneously trying to make sure that both were working at the same pace so that when the brackets in city were ready we didn’t waste any time by getting the plants installed!

Day 2: Irrigation system…the lifeblood of the wall gets installed

(after a slight detour through SNL)

Greenwall at NBC 30 Rock Greenwall at NBC 30 Rock

By midmorning of the second day we had installed all the brackets and we began to install the irrigation basins. This process would take approximately seven hours with four men as the irrigation basins had to be attached ever so carefully so that they were completely level and that water would flow appropriately through every single basin so that they could be wicked up by the special planters and into the soil for the plants. About 60% of the way through the irrigation basins we began to connect all of the basins with the irrigation tubing and couplers. It was important to have the entire system connected and tested prior to the installation of any of the plants. Unfortunately, one of the trades that had not completed their work in time was the plumbing contractors who were to be installing a water supply line to the bottom of the greenwall.

Without the supply line it was going to be impossible to test the irrigation system and make sure that it was flowing properly. In response, what we did was run a very long hose from a secondary location from approximately 300 feet away through the halls of NBC and got the water from the Saturday Night Live set! Once we knew that the system was flowing properly we had to watch it drain and make sure that there were no leaks and that there were no spots where anything was clogged. This took approximately three hours and at the end of this stage we knew that the next day we were able to finally install all of the plants.

Day 3: The final push to hang the plants

Before the votes were tallied and the ice rink was painted red/blue!

This portion of the install would prove to be a large challenge as we were up against cold temperatures, an appearance by Rod Stewart at NBC’s TODAY show, and a very, very crowded loading dock with many trades finishing in the area that we were working.

All hands on deck on this day meant a seven-man team, with one driver, and three runners bringing items up from the loading dock, and three people on the wall itself installing plants one at a time. Once all the pots were in place we were been able to run an irrigation cycle with the brand new supply line that was installed by the plumbers earlier that day and it worked perfectly and water was running through the entire system.

Lighting

Greenwall at NBC 30 Rock

The next phase was to adjust the lighting that would be shining down onto the wall highlighting the design as well as calibrating the irrigation system so that the water flowed for an adequate amount of time to provide all 800 plants with the proper amount of water without any of the basins overflowing. Three days later was election night and at this point trades were still working so it was important that we came back through and wipe every single plant to make it looked its absolute best, as well as removing dust and debris from the plants in the soil so that they would be healthy.

Success!

The entire time throughout the installation there were so many comments from all the trades, employees of NBC, and visitors in the space all wanting to know how the system worked, how the plants would grow, how long the process took, who designed it, etc! It was definitely the talk of the entire space! Above all, the greatest satisfaction I received was watching the election night coverage and looking up just to the left of Brian Williams, inside the windows of 30 Rock, and seeing the greenwall!

Roosevelt Island Rooftop Terrace

We wanted to take the opportunity to share a unique project that we are especially proud of. It really shows the breadth of design elements and options that are available even in a confined space with strict parameters. This rooftop terrace shines with some of our strongest work yet. We hope you enjoy!

Oasis in the Sky

Roosevelt Island Rooftop TerraceThis 10th floor condominium sits in middle of the East River and has tremendous views of both Manhattan and Queens, but is also quite exposed to neighbors and natural elements. The 10th floor is not the top floor of this building and therefore the young couple who owns the unit is exposed to neighbor’s prying eyes from the tenants located in the upper stories as well as the building directly opposite on Roosevelt Island’s main drag. While east and west viewpoints offer incredible cityscapes, the clients required some privacy from the northern neighbors as well as those above them. The clients enjoy hosting family and friends, and purchased the unit with a terrace in one of Roosevelt Island’s new constructions with the purpose of creating a beautiful, usable, and intimate outdoor space that would enhance their interiors and add great value to their home.

Roosevelt Island Rooftop Terrace

To establish the intimate space they required the designer looked to create privacy through planting. This was achieved by incorporating custom built-in planters along the perimeter of the space, placing larger plants in key locations and maintaining those east and west views of the cities beyond. Allowing a larger tree such as the Himalayan Birch ample room to grow and thrive 6′ x 6′ planting areas were incorporated in 3 points of the terrace; creating balance and variation with the landscape. Incorporating significant planting areas and therefore saturated soil the building required investigation of the weight loads that would go into these areas. Spreading the planted areas around the perimeter of the space really evened out those heavier loads however and there were no points of extreme weight that would have caused an issue. One area was left free of the custom planter however in order to allow for sunbathing and reaching the parapet wall to offer maximum views of the surrounding vistas. Another element of privacy was incorporated through the use of the pergola over the dining area. Creating a ceiling over the diners that would conceal them from the onlookers in the units above the terrace. Incorporating a built structure of this height caused concern for the building and an engineer and special permit was required in order to attach the structure to the building itself. This requirement proved an enormous logistical challenge, but ultimately was well worth the efforts and cost. The aluminum posts that are visible above the IPE deck have custom feet that sit on the roof membrane and are attached to the concrete roof slab with stainless steel wedge bolts in order to secure the structure against high winds. The addition of the metal material to the roof top provides variations and enriches the overall look of the space.

Roosevelt Island Rooftop Terrace

To make the terrace a usable extension of the interiors, rooms were created with specific programs and features. As you enter the terrace from the interior living room you step out onto the original concrete pavers issued to all exteriors of new constructions in the area. To your left is a small sitting area where a morning coffee and reading of the paper might be enjoyed. Moving forward into the space you step up onto an IPE deck which houses the kitchen and dining areas for the outdoors. The 8-person dining table sits below the custom aluminum and cedar pergola built into the deck and rooftop, and to your left is an ‘L’ shaped outdoor kitchen with an electric grill (gas and propane were restricted by building and city codes), bar sink and ice chest, refrigerator, and stainless steel cabinetry. The kitchen is veneered in a natural, stacked-stone and the counter is a custom poured and tinted concrete. The counter extends over the northern side of the kitchen to create a bar with ample space for seating and entertaining while grilling is taking place. As you continue north through the space you step down again onto the original concrete pavers – the deck was maintained in the central area of the terrace in order to keep it from the reaching the parapet and exceeding the minimum 42″ height requirement. To your right is an open, sun-filled space for sunbathing and experiencing the surrounding views. To the left is the living area of the terrace with cushy, sectional seating and a custom built-in bench with shading pergola overhead. In time the posts and beams of the bench pergola will be covered in Trumpet Vines offering shade and additional privacy during the warmer seasons.

Roosevelt Island Rooftop TerraceIn addition to the requirements associated with the pergola, deck, and kitchen appliances the designer also had to consider and plan for window washing operations that take place biannually on the terrace. Access to nearly every point along the perimeter had to be maintained in order for 1 man and a window washing basket with rope and pulley system to have room to work and move along. Therefore every landscape/built feature was brought inward 15″ from the railing. Unfortunately this decreased the usable footprint of the space for the homeowners, but ultimately was minimal in what it took away from the overall design goals. Privacy from the northern neighbors and the eyes overhead were still achieved. Various rooms were implemented allowing for an extension of the indoors and maximum use of the space. Views of Manhattan and Queens were maintained to the east and west providing a unique and awesome experience of the city surrounding this Roosevelt Island Oasis.

Project: Sands Beach Club

Located in Atlantic Beach, with sweeping views of the sublime ocean and kaleidoscopic horizon, The Sands Beach Club is a gorgeous place for a sweet summer escape.

Jean Galle, one of our designers for this project, worked on completely transforming the two entry gardens at the valet entrance of the Club. To the right of the main entrance, we designed a raised planting bed with a stone wall that doubles as seating. Within the bed are exotic Alexander palms, tropical plants, and many types of lush, flowering perennials that offer guests a breezy and tropical environment as they arrive for their day at the beach. “Miami Beach, circa 1955 was the look we were going for,” says Galle.

Sands Beach Club

On the left of the entrance, we wanted to create a feeling of the dunes that are along the beach, with sea grasses placed in natural clusters and decorative evergreens and boulders. The look was complete.

Sands Beach Club

In addition to these raised plant beds, we placed sleek freestanding planters with large Birds of Paradise plants, and draping flowers throughout the valet area and flanking the entrance doors of the Club.

Sands Beach Club

“Imaginative and creative… kokobo always has a vision,” club owner Stu Yachnowitz expresses. “Through their creativity and imagination, they take their ideas and bring them to life. I needed a South Beach/Ibiza idea for my front entrance and in one week, the entire job was created and completed. Amazing company to work with.”

Sands Beach Club

Inside the building, tropical Dracaena plants were placed throughout the lobby, restaurant, and new lounge areas. “This subtle addition echoed the look from the valet area and complemented the minimalist decor perfectly,” says Galle.

2013 “Landscaper of the Year” Finalist

1 of 12 Companies recognized by Total Landscape Care Magazine

2013 Landscaper of the Year Finalist

2013 Landscaper of the Year Finalist

A great honor and achievement

I was extremely honored on behalf of kokobo greenscapes to be included in this wonderful program. To be considered as a finalist amongst over 2,500 nominated firms throughout the USA was truly wonderful for our company and a testament to our continuous drive to offer our clients the highest quality of service, knowledge, product, and of course unique, awe inspiring designs to enhance their outdoor spaces. I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful group of finalists on the cruise to the Bahamas last November and forged some wonderful friendships while learning a lot about the other finalist’s businesses and projects.
-Michael Madrash, Principal Designer

How it Works to be chosen:

“Every year, the Total Landscape Care editors choose the top 12 landscapers from across the country to be honored in our Landscaper of the Year program, presented by Case Construction Equipment. Some factors that affect our decision are the landscapers’ portfolio of work, services offered, business techniques, community involvement and what sets them apart from others in the industry.” Companies entering in this competition must submit a list of client references.

The chosen finalists are each featured in a full-length magazine article, along with photos of their projects. They also join Total Landscape Care staff on an all-expense-paid cruise to the Bahamas hosted by Case Construction Equipment where they can network with other landscapers, enjoy nightly gala events and relax on the sandy beaches.

Beside client references and photos of finished work, companies can submit photos and information about their facilities and employees, copies of company literature, training manuals or promotional campaigns, or anything else that convey the caliber of ones company to the Total Landscape Care editors.

Once the 12 finalist are picked, an editor visits each company, to see the personal side of the business. Last autumn, we at kokobo had a nice lunch including Michael’s homemade tomato soup on “our rooftop lunchroom” with an editor from TLC. He made it a point to visit with each of the designers as well as Michael and other key staff! After lunch, he and Michael were off to more site visits in NYC – both in progress and finished projects.

2013 Landscaper of the Year Finalist

2013 Landscaper of the Year Finalist

All at kokobo are very pleased to be honored by this selection and will continue our hard work to please our present and future clients.

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LINLA Awards Dinner

Some of our recent work has been recognized and we have received awards and notable recognition from several established landscape institutions!

“GREAT TURNOUT”

LINLA Awards DinnerOn a cold winter’s night in January, dressed in our finest, we joined other professional landscape design firms and nursery men for the annual LINLA awards dinner. LINLA, the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Association, is a New York State wide professional trade association started in the 1960′s.

kokobo happily won the bronze prize for each of the two entries submitted this year – competing in a field with many other seasoned professionals.

kokobo’s submissions this year were in direct contrast to each other. A lofty midtown rooftop was transformed into a chic, minimalist New York terrace. It was designed as an extension of the interior living space with bird’s eye panoramic views of Manhattan, making it ideal for hosting parties!

The other award-winning project was on Roosevelt Island; this 10th floor terrace with wonderful views of the East River/LIC/the Ed Koch Bridge and NYC is owned by a young couple looking for space to relax after long days in the office and lots of business travels. Not only were the clients’ desires different, the spaces each had their own unique character: the midtown rooftop offered a narrow U-shaped area with privacy from around and above, verses a larger open square on Roosevelt Island needing privacy from neighbors above and across the way.

Now, back to our “night out”. The evening was informative as well as fun. During the cocktail hour, we were able to view all the competitive portfolios, sans names of company or client of the various projects presented so that all feedback from judges could be viewed. As dinner was served, a wonderful slideshow and commentary was provided highlighting all of the winner’s projects with amazing before and after pictures as well as detailed construction pictures showing all of the challenges and intricate steps required to complete the incredible projects. It was nice to hear the ‘ohs’ and ‘ahs’ when photos of the spaces designed and built by kokobo were shown; the night shots highlighting the landscape lighting were especially admired! The room was buzzing with creative thoughts and note-taking for inspiration on future projects.

LINLA Awards Dinner

kokobo’s team accepts one of the awards

Great turn-out! Nice to have all the landscape design/build people under one roof taking some time off from working, getting to know each other and seeing each others work.
-Irena Romovack, kokobo designer

It was a fun evening and great to see familiar faces. The award-winning projects displayed a depth and diversity of designs and applications. It’s thrilling to see our work presented alongside such creative and talented designers.
-Kaylin Rostron, kokobo senior designer

This was my first time attending the LINLA Awards dinner and I really enjoyed it. It was great to see all the amazing designs from other companies and learning about the creativeness behind the designs. I hope to see everyone again next year at the LINLA Awards dinner.
-Zoe Chen, kokobo designer

Thank you for your valued support.

Sincerely,

Jean Galle
kokobo greenscapes, inc.

kokobo greenscapes’ “BIG Move”

Our New Home

BIG Move

Last fall, kokobo greenscapes moved into a new home in Long Island City, right in the shadow of the 59th Street bridge.

It’s a great convenience and pleasure having all operations under 1 roof just minutes away from our Manhattan clients, and just 2 minutes from major thoroughfares accessing Long Island and Queens.

We occupy a spacious design studio on the 2nd floor of the 2 story building with large windows that face south, offering wonderful natural light. In the near future, 3 different living wall systems will be showcased in the design studio. This mini showcase will display the variety of green wall units that kokobo professionally installs and maintains, giving you, the client a better visual sense for future ideas and applications.

BIG Move

On the ground level, our loading bay, indoor parking, and work area is located with storage and staging space for planting and project preparations.

Our conference room comfortably seats 8-10 and has a large screen for reviewing projects and hosting client meetings is centrally located amongst the design studio and other offices.

BIG Move

And finally, the piece de resistance – the rooftop! Currently it offers incredible views of Manhattan, and for the future we have plans to install a terrace landscape showcase, which will feature choice selections of hardscape materials/applications, an outdoor kitchen, lounge and seating areas accented by green in the form of gardens with unique plantings. This rooftop will display our unbeatable craftsmanship and design talent.

BIG Move

Sincerely,

The entire kokobo family!

KOKOBO GREENSCAPES