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Don't get left out in the cold!
 
As a Snow and Ice Management service provider, Balanced Environments is busy making final
 
preparations for the coming winter.  
 
We are performing final repair and maintenance of our snow fighting equipment. We have secured an abundant

inventory of de-icing materials to effectively keep your property safe. We are busy organizing our routes and

manpower so that we are ready to mobilize as soon as the weather dictates. 

We applaud those of you that have proactively executed your snow management service agreement and we are at the ready. You are among those that are able to relax and enjoy the beauty of the season.
 
If, for some reason you have been unable to finalize your service agreement with us, NOW is the time for
action.
 
 
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An early November snowfall or ice storm is not unusual for our Chicagoland weather. Most of us remember the...

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Balanced Environments Inc. earns INDUSTRY PARTNER of the YEAR Premier Award from IREM Chicago

 

Drake Hotel Site of 14th Annual Evening to Recognize Excellence in Chicago Commercial Real Estate

 
CHICAGO, March 2, 2018– Four Chicago area commercial real estate professionals and two leading companies were honored for excellence and outstanding contributions to the property management industry March 2 at the 14th Annual IREM Chicago Premier Awards and Casino Night.


These four professionals earned individual Premier Awards in their respective categories:


  • Steve Matre, CPM®, Banner Real Estate Group -- CPM® of the Year
  • David Newton, ARM®, CPM®, Draper and Kramer, AMO® -- ARM® of the Year
  • Celina Bright, Hillcrest Property Management, AMO® -- Leadership Award
  • Thomas Purrazzo, Hillcrest Property Management, AMO® -- Rising Star


Two companies that provide products and services to the metropolitan Chicago property management industry earned awards in their respective categories.



The gala event, held at Chicago’s historic Drake Hotel, drew more than 230 Chapter 23 members, Industry Partners and guests for an evening of food and beverage, casino games, camaraderie, and of course, recognition for the winners in six Premier Awards categories. IREM 2018 national President Donald Wilkerson, CPM® and 2016 IREM Chicago President Brian Lozell, CPM®, served as co-hosts.


A total of 19 nominations were submitted for consideration during the 2018 competition.


The Premier Awards were created to recognize people, organizations and companies for excellence in areas that include….

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Are we in for an Early Spring?
 
If so, what does this mean for our landscapes?
 

Records dating to 1887 show Punxsutawney Phil has now predicted more winter 103 times while forecasting an early spring just 18 times — including last year.

The handlers of Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, say the furry rodent has “predicted” six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow on February 2nd.

With the recent rise in temperatures and the “unprecedented snow drought” described    by the National Weather Service in Chicago, six more weeks of winter is pretty difficult to believe at this time.

 

For snow lovers, it’s been a disappointing season here in Chicagoland but for snow haters, the signs of an early spring are music to their ears. Should we be worried or concerned that this mild winter will have a negative impact on our landscapes?

 
 

 

Some might think that a mild winter with minimal snow is no problem for our Midwestern plants, but landscape industry professionals think otherwise. Snow cover helps insulate plant roots from extreme cold weather. It also releases moisture slowly into the soil during a typical spring thaw. Minimal snow cover can expose our Midwestern plants to dangerous cold and dry conditions.  The chance of a late season “deep-freeze” still exists in February and March. With no snow cover as insulation, our plants are at risk of damage....

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~~ THE VILLAGE TERRACE ~~

 

LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS DESIGNED

AND BUILT FOR YOU

 

       

                  BEFORE                                       AFTER

 

A Senior Living Community, located in Lindenhurst Illinois, The Village at Victory Lakes encompasses 38 acres of lush prairie landscape. Victory Lakes offers an active enriching lifestyle that provides its residents with life-enriching activities and just the right levels of care. 

As early as 2014, it was determined that a new outdoor activity space was needed for the active residents and staff. Balanced Environments, Inc. was chosen to help guide the committee through the entire landscape process. This decision was based upon a trusting partnership with Cal Isaacson, the community’s Executive Director. “I have worked with Balanced Environments for over 10 years at two different senior living communities. We chose to work with Balanced Environments because all the design, implementation, and installation pieces were all in one place.”

Through an initial ‘discovery’ process, the community administrators, activity and marketing staff specified what they would like to achieve from this project. The overall goal was to create “an outdoor resident activity space that was functional, beautifully utilizing the existing natural setting, yet visually dramatic to the eye.” The design team went to work to create an outdoor space that would achieve these goals and more. The vision included a soothing water feature as the focal point to call upon the senses of sound and touch. A wood burning fire pit with gas starter extends the daily enjoyment into the evening and into the cool fall and winter months. Walking paths encourage residents and family members to experience the hundreds of plant varieties that were incorporated into the design. Subtle landscape lighting was designed to accent the trees and water feature while providing functional illumination of the patio and walking paths for nighttime use. The vision was clear and well received when presented to the resident Landscape Committee.

As with any project, budgets and construction details needed to be ironed out. There were a number of site challenges that required proactive planning. 

     

    

                 EXCAVATION AND PAVER INSTALLATION

 

  1. Two large existing memorial trees were relocated on the campus grounds to provide the space needed for the new construction and allowing these memorials to continue to thrive in greater serenity.
  2. Existing utilities and underground drainage elements were numerous in this space and required accurate location, precise excavation and timely installation.
  3. Troublesome drainage issues needed to be resolved from original site development. The existing storm water drain elevation was nearly six feet lower than the foundation grade. To maintain proper drainage and retention, a sunken rain garden was developed surrounding the storm drain. Moisture loving plants including; iris, fern, native grasses and native wetland button bush were utilized.
  4. To add to the elevation equation, fill was needed to achieve the level base planes required for the water feature, walking paths and expansive patio. Additional site drainage included the installation of underground drain tile, strategically located catch basins, and proper grading to further improve overall drainage and utilization by the graying population.
  5. To accommodate a determinate budget, the project was broken into phases requiring precise scheduling and timing of the various tasks. Sleeves were installed beneath phase one hardscape elements to accommodate lighting and irrigation lines in phase two. Large specimen birch trees were installed early in the construction process well before drainage lines, utilities and hardscapes construction could begin.

 

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Almost as long as I have known him, David has trained hard to accomplish the goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.  Against many odds of personal injury and a difficult schedule, he finally qualified in early 2013 (try running 26.1 consecutive 8 minute miles at age 55, it is a monumental task).  After the bombings, it appeared that the opportunity would be wiped from the table due to the number of runners automatically accepted from the bomb shortened race and the runners who would otherwise qualify the following year.  Dave survived the tighter qualification process and allowed Balanced Environments to sponsor his run as he proudly wore the BEI visor and shirt throughout the race.  I was there when he passed the 11 mile marker and could not have been prouder of the example he has set for me personally and for his friends, family, and the employees at Balanced Environments.   

---- Bruce A. Church,  President

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During this season, we take time to reflect upon the good things we have... like our partnership with you. We appreciate working with you and hope that the holidays and the coming year will bring you happiness and success.

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Balanced Environments Inc. offered their services as crowd control volunteers to help with the VISIT LAKE GENEVA 41ST ANNUAL ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS "CELEBRATE YOUR INNER ELF" PARADE on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016. It was a chilly day but a great time was had by all. The parade consisted of Santa arriving on a dazzling pontoon boat, several marching bands, over 80 floats, an estimated 7,000 to 8,000 people in attendance, and 65 rosy-cheeked volunteers. 

 

CAI hosted its 25th Annual Excellence Awards & Winter Gala, Friday, November 18 at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows. Nearly 400 people attended including community association managers, association board members, and industry business partners. Each year, CAI's Gala marks the beginning of the toy collection season for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots and we again collected hundreds of toys for the foundation. After awards were presented, toys were collected, and dinner was enjoyed, the evening culminated with additional networking and dancing to the DJ's latest hits. A great time was had by all!

If we had no winter, spring would not be so amazing!

Balanced Environments Winter Service Matching Game

 

As the 2016 landscape season comes to a close, we are reminded that it's not too late to order the following services to prepare your landscape for the next few months.

 

Can you match up the descriptions with the services we can provide to help your landscape survive our harsh winters? 

1. Most evergreen plant foilage will benefit from preventative protection from witner elements and conditions.

2. Salt and deicing compounds used for ice control will play havoc with plants that are in close proximity to roadways and walkways.

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Account Managers, ED REIER, ADAM TECZA, JASON SEEBACKER, and JUDY SHORT from Balanced Environments Inc. served up a Lunch-n-Learn for 19 property managers from Hillcrest Property Management in Lombard, IL on Monday, December 5th, 2016. A full overview of all the service lines Balanced Environments offers to our clients as well as why Dormant Pruning is so important for your landscape was presented while the property managers ate a yummy catered lunch.

Create a Winter Wonderland with Holiday Lighting and Seasonal Décor on your property this year.

 

We all have memories of moments when we were amazed by the elaborate seasonal displays at the regional shopping mall, the local retail disctrict or the neighborhood home that went above and beyond the traditional light strings. These memories make us think of fun times, family gatherings and holiday traditions. Holyiday lighting and décor has become a phenomenon with...

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