Coca-Cola Headquarters Wins Grand Prize in L. M. Scofield Co. Decorative Concrete Awards

Monday, April 17, 2017
Coca Cola Headquarters

Our Georgia landscape construction team was recently recognized for their work on Coca-Cola Headquarters in Atlanta and received a Grand Prize in the Integral Concrete category of the L. M. Scofield Co. 9th annual Decorative Concrete Awards. The awards were featured in the April edition of Concrete Decor Magazine:

"The renovation of the plaza at the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta is truly an integrated project. It integrates the open area with the existing parking structure below. It integrates multiple elements — decorative concrete, precast walls, plant material and natural and artificial turf — into a unified design. It even integrates the signature shape of a classic Coke bottle! The concrete carries out this integrated theme, as it is integrally colored using Chromix Admixtures.

With the existing landscape settling, the hardscape cracking and the underlying parking structure leaking, the plaza had to be completely replaced. It was demolished to the original structural concrete. This structure was then waterproofed and Ruppert Landscape began work on the new outdoor space.

The biggest challenge was the formwork. To reduce weight, polystyrene foam was used to level the grade, so there was no firm foundation for the forms. Additionally, the forms had to be perfectly placed to accurately reproduce the bottle shape, which would be viewed from every floor of the two high-rise buildings on either side of the plaza. To accomplish this, Ruppert used sandbags to securely hold the forms.

Two colors of concrete were used. About 12,000 square feet were colored Slate Gray and then treated with a surface retarder and washed to expose the aggregate. Another 30,000 square feet were colored with Antique White in a mix with white cement. This surface was broom finished. The final result is a signature property with a landscape that refreshes, whether enjoyed outside or viewed from inside."

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In the Field with Intern Candidates

Monday, January 16, 2017
2017 Intern Candidates

Pictured L to R: Dan Flake (Ohio State University graduate), Ryan Crum (Virginia Tech student), Mike Felts (Maryland Landscape Branch Manager) Meade Wayland (James Madison University student), Jeff Orzell (Virginia Military Institute student), David Biederman (Virginia Tech student), and Ashley Farmer (Virginia Tech student).

We are continually seeking talented, hard-working individuals interested in a career in the green industry. As part of this effort, we offer a highly competitive internship program with a broad range of opportunities in commercial landscape maintenance and installation. We incorporate the potential for training in several different areas of the business, skill-building seminars, and management training, along with a personal mentor who guides interns through the program. Much of the experience is hands-on and is a strong supplement to a student’s education which can help them determine their future career path.

Wharf Tour

Our Maryland and Virginia landscape construction branches recently invited potential intern candidates – students from The Ohio State University, Virginia Tech, James Madison University, and the Virginia Military Institute – on a visit to learn more about what we do and to better understand the Ruppert culture and values.

Pictured right: Brad Matthews, Virginia landscape field manager,
giving the students a tour of the Wharf.


700 Penn Tour

Maryland landscape branch manager Mike Felts and Virginia landscape business developer Kelly McGuire took the students on a tour of two active job sites in D.C. – The Wharf and 700 Penn – and two completed jobs in Maryland – Clarksburg Premium Outlets and MGM National Harbor. The day concluded with a tour of our corporate campus and the Maryland landscape construction branch.

Pictured left: Tim Paesch, Virginia landscape field manager, giving the students a tour of  700 Penn.

Clarksburg Tour

Several of these candidates have already accepted summer internships or full-time positions with the company, and we are thrilled with the opportunity to get to know them better and help nurture their careers.

Pictured right: Mike Felts, Maryland landscape branch manager, giving the students a tour of Clarksburg Premium Outlets.

We are currently accepting applications for 2017 summer internships. Please contact HR specialist Lauren Dugan or visit our careers page for more information.

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