Racine, Wis.-based New Holland Construction and Richfield, Ohio-based Lawn & Landscape magazine have named Blue Island, Ill.-based Kinsella Landscape as the winner of the “2010 Landscaper's Challenge.” The nationwide contest, sponsored by New Holland, recognizes the best landscape design/build projects of the year.
A panel of industry judges selected Kinsella Landscape from the field of six semi-finalists based on the merits of the company's project design, overall appeal, material selection and workmanship. Kinsella Landscape turned a dilapidated backyard in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood — surrounded by townhomes and an eight-story high-rise — into a “city chic” garden sanctuary for the family that owns the property. The narrow alleyway, mature shade trees, tall fence and confined work area limited the team's choices of equipment to a skid steer loader.
The company created a private area for entertaining and relaxing, complete with two bluestone patios, a curved path and stone planters constructed from limestone. The project took 450 man-hours to complete. “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 for New Holland Construction.
The grand prize — a New Holland L170 skid steer loader worth more than $32,000 — was presented to representatives of Kinsella Landscape during an award ceremony at the New Holland booth during the 2010 GIE+EXPO show in Louisville, Ky., in October. Five other semi-finalists received $250 worth of New Holland merchandise and will have their project highlighted in an issue of Lawn & Landscape.