What's Happening June-July 2012
Nor-Son Receives Two Prestigious Awards
Local custom builder Nor-Son, Inc. was recently honored by Minnesota Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) with prestigious Pyramid Awards for outstanding achievement and quality workmanship in the categories of “Residential Single Family, $1-5 million” for their beautiful Summer Kitchen project; and “Healthcare - $1-5 million” for The Garden House at St. Mary’s. The winning projects were selected from entries submitted from across the state and were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety, and budget.
Nor-Son successfully cast a vision rich with family tradition in the design and construction of the Summer Kitchen. Designed exclusively for entertaining through the summer months, large exterior cedar and glass bi-fold doors provide easy access to lakeside activities, while power phantom screens drop to create a porch-like environment.
Nor-Son utilized its residential and healthcare expertise to design and build a 13,000-square-foot memory care house for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia, working closely with the Living Services Foundation and Benedictine Health System. Each household includes living, dining, and family space surrounding a high-end residential style kitchen, creating a warm, comforting environment. nor-son.com
Pond & Landscape Tour July 21-22
Back by popular demand, the Twin Cities Pond and Landscape Tour, set this year for July 21-22, will showcase 12 spectacular outdoor living areas in homes around the Twin Cities. The homes are built by Certified Aquascape Contractors, the most qualified and informed pond installers in the water gardening industry. All CACs are required to attend continual training and educational seminars and maintain a proven record of outstanding work and dedicated customer service and support. A full 100 percent of ticket sales benefit Children’s Cancer Research Fund. The tour is presented by Hedberg Landscape & Masonry Supplies.
Tour hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a nightscape tour from 9 to 11 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person; 16 and under free.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to TCPondAndLandscapeTour.com. Tickets may also be purchased at any Hedberg location in Stillwater, Plymouth, or Farmington.
Hedberg is a wholesale and retail provider of professional grade landscape hardgoods, masonry products, natural stone andwater gardening supplies. The eco-friendly Hedberg Nursery in Stillwater features beautiful perennials, shrubs and trees, native plants and raingarden materials, and organic gardening products. hedbergaggregates.com
biota Open House
biota, a landscape design + build firm, is hosting studio tours throughout the season, including a special open house on May 24 from 4-7 p.m. Meet the principals, tour the studio, and review past projects including everything from flora and stone to water and fire. biota is located at 211 St. Anthony Parkway, Studio 102, Minneapolis, 55418. For more information, visit biotalandscapes.com or call 612-781-4000.
Amsum & Ash Opening New Showroom in IMS
The high-design, natural stone distribution company Amsum & Ash is opening a designer-oriented slab showroom in International Market Square this June, making it easy for new designers and the general public to share in the full experience of natural stone. The showroom will feature the latest trends in stone, provide informational/educational literature, and offer personable, knowledgeable service. This showroom allows designers and their clients to work together in a one-stop-shopping environment. Amsum & Ash is owned by one of the world’s largest stone processors, producing slabs, mosaics, and tiles in granite, marble, onyx, soapstone, travertine, limestone, slate, quartzite, sandstone, glass, metal, and wood. www.amsumash.com