November 22, 2019
The Atlas Outdoor team was awarded "Best Backyard in Michigan" by Unilock for our incredible Davison, MI build. This project was such a proud win for us says owner Sam Gembel as it was such a collaboration of many of our Team Members that came together to build such a large scale, gorgeous project. "It was definitely the largest build we've ever done and we couldn't be happier to have given the awesome clients their dream outdoor oasis space" says Sam which was designed by Atlas's design team in the Fall of 2018 and was completed over the first 1/2 of the 2019 season.
December 12, 2018
At the 2018 Unilock Awards of Excellence, Atlas Outdoor received an award for our Lobdell Lake project completed earlier this season. The project was nominated for creativity and recognition for the design in a very tricky space. Much of the work had to be completed by hand due to lack of access from the street. What a beauty and we are honored that our hard work was recognized.
November 1, 2018
Every October, we send a Team to Louisville Kentucky to attend the Green Industry Expo and Hardscape North America. It is the largest event of its kind with attendees from all over the continent attending and is a must for all landscape and lawn care professionals wanting to work on improving their businesses! We get to demo all the latest equipment, and connect with professionals from across the country through educational seminars and keynote speakers. It's these types of events, as tough as it is to get away for a few days, that gives us additional strategies to take our Team to the next level. This year, we were HONORED to work alongside of Hardscape Expert Frank Bourque in the ICPI tent at Hardscape North America with the educational classes and seminars for hardscapes.
September 10, 2018
At the 2018 ICPI Annual Meeting, the ICPI Board of Directors identified workforce development as a priority for the industry. One of the programs being developed to address this issue is the ICPI Boot Camp. The goal of the Boot Camp is take inexperienced workers and to provide them with a basic level of competency on a segmental pavement job site. Frank Bourque from Greenmark was chosen to develop the content for the program. To date the task group has reviewed the student guide, instructor's guide, presentation slide deck, videos and exam.
To test the materials, a pilot Boot Camp was held on August 20-21. Five students who had limited experience installing interlocking concrete pavements worked with Frank Gandora who instructed the course. Responses from the students was positive.
The course was instructed as two full days with 8 hours of classroom training and 8 hours of hands on training in which the students construct a small interlocking concrete paver patio during the 3 labs. Observers for the training included Frank Bourque, Dean Jurik, Ken Lenhardt, Bryan Hoar and Robert Bowers.