Tuesday, November 27, 2018
|Chad Bailey and Phil Newton of the Christian Center address the Peoria Business Boosters at a meeting hosted by Designer Concepts.|
The Christian Center has brought Christ-centered recreation to central Illinois for 70 years. It boasts a family friendly bowling alley and old-school game center that includes billiards, table tennis, and coin operated arcade games. The Christian Center also provides youth sports programs all year long, including basketball, baseball, softball, and soccer.
I was a soccer coach and my girls have both played in Christian Center leagues. We love spending family nights at the bowling alley and game room. It is truly one of Peoria's hidden gems. To learn more call 685-4217 or go to www.thechristiancenter.cc.
|My family has been a part of the Christian Center for many years. Can you find my girls?|
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Kevin Warning crossed a significant milestone with DCLA, marking his 10th season.
Sunday, November 4, 2018
|Volunteers plant trees as a part of a local boy's Eagle Scout Project.|
You see, an Eagle Scout Project is a culmination of over a decade's worth of training and preparation for the Boy Scout's highest member rank. Matthew had a lot of help over the 12 months he spent preparing for the project. Leaders from his church provided planning guidance and a place to do the project. His mom prepared food and offered logistical support. Matthew and I spent several meeting discussing species selection, proper planting of trees and timing for the work. Over 20 volunteers came together to make the project a reality.
|Volunteers helped Matthew plant the trees.|
I love working with groups like this. It gives me an opportunity to share the knowledge and experience I have gained over my career. "Relationships" is one of our Core Values at Designer Concepts. We love the opportunity to give back to a community we serve. But more than that, you never know when an event like this will inspire someone to find their career. That is exactly what happened to me way back in 1993 while studying at the University of Illinois. On a volunteer weekend in East St. Louis, we helped turn a vacant lot into a neighborhood park. I discovered how I could keep my hands in the earth and do fun, creative design things at the same time. That was my first glimpse of my current profession, Landscape Architecture, and it truly changed my life forever.
|A much younger me back when I first discovered landscape architecture.|
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Team Building A Great Success
We took some time to re-connect as a team at Great Oaks Camp in Lacon. One of our core values is to build relationships both externally with our clients and vendors, but also internally as we unite as one team to achieve greater things together. The staff at Great Oaks did a fantastic job walking us through different team-building activities. We also took some time to laugh and play together with paint ball and escape room events. This breath of fresh air will help us finish the season strong.
|Team Building Activities|
|We learned about some of our team's hidden talents.|
|Building comradery with paint ball.|
Monday, August 6, 2018
Thursday, July 26, 2018
This client had a failing stairway and hodgepodge of slope, plant and utility problems along the side of their home. There was no good way to get from the front yard to the back yard.
We proposed a wrapping stair way and planter design that would be safe, functional and attractive.
Our crew did a great job, responding to hidden challenges and adjusting on the fly. The client is thrilled with their new side yard.