Now that IKEA Fever has engulfed the KC Metro area (and region) with the recent opening of their newest mega store located in Merriam, it is a good time to reflect on all the things that went into the opening of this store. To say this was a major project is an understatement. Reclaiming a defunct commercial property that was built atop a huge, two-tiered retaining wall at the major intersection of I-35 & Johnson Drive, and building what I think is the biggest show of permanent support for the hometown team (the building is a massive Royal-blue warehouse building - GO ROYALS!), wow what a feat!
But enough about the building (sorry architects), it is the landscape that I want to focus on with this article. You see, the process to get the landscape designed, supplied and installed was exemplary. So I want to convey to you the process that lead to the successful completion of this rather large landscape project.
First it started with the design. Landworks Studio designed the landscape with a very useful and hardy palate of plants that are typically very available from local growers and suppliers. It was a palate of plants that gives the site year-round interest without taking risks with plants that are marginal performers for our area.
The next step, and probably the most key component, was both the time frame for the project and the involvement of the landscape contractor early in the process. Given plenty of lead time on the project, the landscape contractor was able to lock down the plants for the project more than a year in advance of the installation date, ensuring that the trees and plants were available when they were needed. The team of landscape architects and contractors were able to inspect and tag all of the trees and plants for the project this past spring knowing that the install would be during the summer sometime.
Then came the installation process. With open communication being key, Audrie Seeley Landscape kept us informed of the installation schedule and scheduled deliveries well in advance, ensuring the delivery times would meet their demanding schedule to get the large landscape installed, which was about a 10-day window prior to the grand opening. We also inspected all the trees and plants about three weeks in advance of scheduled deliveries, which proved to be beneficial because we had some trees that were not the quality needed. We were able to work with the contractor and landscape architect to get substitutions approved well in advance of the installation timeframe. Being flexible with the substitution varieties, yet still achieving the vision for the project was a key component to resolving this issue in a timely manner.
Overall, this is a great project case study to talk about. Everything fell into place on this project because at every stage of the process, we had a great team of experienced professionals performing with confidence that everyone would do their part to make the project a success.
If you have questions about how Loma Vista can help you complete your next project with success, feel free to contact us, we are more than happy to help in any way we are able!
Now, I'm off to enjoy some Swedish Meatballs!