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FACTORY TOURS:  LIVING EARTH AND PAVESTONE

 

Living Earth Tour:

Experience a “behind the scenes” look at Living Earth, the region’s largest manufacturer and supplier of landscape materials.  The Living Earth - Dallas facility being toured is one of 10 locations Living Earth locations in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex and one of 33 total.  Living Earth is a full service composting and manufacturing facility, actively producing compost and a multiple mulches and soil mixes, as well as distributing sands, gravels, and natural stone.  Observe everyday processes including grinding, screening, and mixing operations and gain insight into what we do.

 

Pavestone Tour:

A 1 hour dry‐cast concrete fabrication facility tour led and taught by the general manager of the business unit. An instructor structured visual and lectured outing to help design professionals understand the capabilities and limitations of dry cast concrete manufacturing. Educational topics covered are raw material sourcing, concrete mix design components, the manufacturing operational processes, quality control / quality assurance and inventory principles.

JOGGING TOUR OF IRVING

Local and iconic examples of landscape architecture are located in and around Irving.  In conjunction with new projects and everything in between, the local network of trails and sidewalks make this area surprisingly accessible.  The tour will meet at 6am and visit sites such as the Mustangs of Las Colinas, Bird's Fort Trail Park, and the Campion Trail at an enjoyable pace.

 

HOTEL ANATOLE

just five minutes from Downtown Dallas, the Hilton Anatole has the largest hotel art collection in the United States with over 1,000 pieces from around the world. TBG Partners was contracted to redesign Hilton Anatole‘s existing pool courtyard in May 2014. The basis for a new design came from Anatole‘s desire to attract sophisticated and upscale clients as well as increase hotel occupancy during summer months. The 7-acre Sculpture Park and Resort Pool includes a 3-acre facility with a 7,000-square-foot activity pool, 630-foot lazy river, two 30-foot-tall, 180-foot-long water slides, a 4,000-square-foot leisure pool with a 23-seat swim-up bar, two event lawns, day beds, luxury cabanas, mature shade trees, and an outdoor bar and grill. More than a dozen sculptures from the Crow family‘s personal collection of Asian art are woven into the resort pool design. 

 

This walking tour takes participants through the gracefully elegant JadeWaters Resort Pool bursting with Asian-inspired themes — all the while learning about the project‘s successes and challenges stemming from research conducted over a six-month period. 

 

Logistics:

Participants will meet at the entrance of the Irving Convention Center, drive their personal vehicles to the Hilton Anatole, pay $15/car to park at the Anatole and meet at the Anatole‘s main lobby. From the main entrance, the group will walk to the JadeWaters Resort, where they will be greeted by two TBG staff members, Xin and Gabriela, to begin the tour. 

 

The drive is about 40 minutes roundtrip and 20 miles roundtrip in distance. The guided tour at JadeWaters will last for one hour, during which participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and take pictures. Carpooling is recommended.