Magazine article Landscape & Irrigation

Five Days at Ground Zero, Lower Manhattan. (over Easy)

Magazine article Landscape & Irrigation

Five Days at Ground Zero, Lower Manhattan. (over Easy)

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Stefan and Edward Kijewski, owners of Pine Ridge Enterprises, Wallingford, Conn., undertook a once-in-a-lifetime job this summer: in Lower Manhattan, near the former site of the World Trade Center, where they pumped gravel and soil into the Winter Garden Atrium.

"No way was this just another job," Stefan notes. "It's the biggest honor imaginable."

The atrium is a glass and steel lattice structure at the World Financial Center, part of the World Trade Center complex that was reduced to a skeleton by the collapse of the twin towers a year ago.

The Kijewski brothers, along with operators Marcello Pozo and Glenn Delinsky, pumped stone and mulch into the sub-flooring. Because they were on a tight schedule, they all stayed at the Embassy Hotel two blocks away so that they could be on site at 6:30 a.m.

This mower uses a mouse

Researchers in Wellington, New Zealand, say they have a lawn mower that's operated via the Internet -- a Web page that monitors the mower via a small camera on the side of a house.

"What our technology allows us to do is to control lawn mowers and other robotic devices while people are away at work," Massey University's Glen Bright told Reuters News Service.

The electric mower motors out once during the day and then again at night with the computer directing its every move. By the end of the year, it will be able to self-navigate and adjust to different grass heights as well as carrying out gardening tasks such as soil testing, Bright notes.

The mower was developed in collaboration with lawn-mower and chain-saw company Husqvarna, part of the Sweden-based AB Electrolux home-appliance maker.

"We were the only non-union team there," Stefan recalls. "But we were there to do something that could not be done by normal means. They weren't allowing anyone in the atrium with anything larger than wheelbarrows because the Italian marble floor alone is worth $8. …

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