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A heavy rain sees water cascading from eaves and tree branches

Trench Drains for Driveways

Managing rain, storm, and flood water is a growing concern for homeowners in changing local climate. Rot and structural damage can result when water management systems are overwhelmed. And there is more water to manage. Flood events are increasing. Heavy precipitation is up. Considering these stresses, municipal downspout disconnection laws

Wood background with metal type saying 2019 Review

Best Bollards (and Hardscape) of 2019

A New Year reminds us to look back at where we’ve come and set intentions for where we’re going. Propelled by new staff and new ideas, 2019 saw a lot of changes at Reliance Foundry! In May, Brent and Brad Done retired. Shane Kramps and Pritesh Desai stepped into their

An ancient roman road and arch still stands in the Aosta valley in Italy

The History of Infrastructure

Infrastructure builds connections between human groups or activities. With infrastructure, people can work together and provide specialized services to one another. In this way, robust infrastructure supports complex societies. Some of the earliest infrastructure projects were roads. Nomadic hunter-gatherer populations were builders—creating monuments of complexity like barrow mounds, stone tombs,

An aerial view of a highway at night gleams with the streaked lights of moving cars

What is Infrastructure?

The term “infrastructure” has traditionally referred to the roads, sewers, and other physical systems that connect different parts of a society and support its functioning. Often,  we talk of infrastructure projects as “shovels in the ground.” We picture construction workers and specialized machinery working to build and maintain connections and

Colorful container ships sit in a busy port at sunrise

Supply Chain Jobs: Procurement, Logistics, and Management

What is a supply chain? A supply chain is a system that brings inputs from different places—raw materials, people, information, and services—and creates a finished output for a consumer. In a supply chain, materials are gathered, processed, shipped, received, synthesized, and delivered as a final product. Many people involved in

Skyscrapers reflect the images of a forest of trees

Urban Sustainability

Sustainability has been a part of North America’s cultural, political, and economic landscape for more than forty years. It’s been a marketing buzzword for some, a guiding principle for others, and an elusive goal for many. Sustainability seeks to bring resource consumption and resource replenishment into balance. Our booming human

A road leading to the Library of Congress is surrounded by greenspace and protected by bollards

Public Buildings as Infrastructure Investment

In a polarized political climate, one thing that unites people of all political stripes is the belief that infrastructure spending would be positive for the country. A $2 trillion infrastructure bill introduced in the spring, with strong bipartisan support, was put on hiatus for political reasons shortly after. Although the

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Landscape Architects: Salary and Jobs by Region

Landscape architecture is a diverse career amassing knowledge from many other professions. In the course of a day, a landscape architect might need to draw on design, engineering, botany, hydrology, artistry, urban planning, budgeting… and the psychological finesse needed to work with clients and contractors. This wide range of needed

Interactive infographic showing state by state architect salaries and job opportunities.

Architect Salary and Job Opportunities by the Numbers

As makers of site furnishings, hardscape, and traffic management, we are often specified by architects. With every group of customers that we work with, we stay abreast of the trends and frustrations that make up their working lives, in order to provide better service. In the course of this research,

Water gushes through a shining trench drain

Commercial Trench Drain in Warehouses

Industrial trench drains are installed to help manage run-off in parking lots, warehouses, and factories. Cast iron is the most common type of metal used in trench grate and trench drain in commercial installations. It is low-maintenance and can stand up under the load of heavy machinery. Why install commercial