American Society of Landscape Architects

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Ashley Owens, Manager of Public Relations
(202) 216-2371





WASHINGTON, DC, April 12, 2006---The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has selected Ohio Gratings Inc. to provide the grating for the walking surface on the new green roof in downtown Washington, DC.

The aluminum grating will allow plants to grow beneath it, maximizing the planting area of the roof.

“The grating system provided by Ohio Gratings Inc. will allow us to utilize the space on our green roof most efficiently. With the unique grating, the roof area can be fully planted and still allow visitors to walk on the space without damaging the sedum,” said Nancy Somerville, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA.

The ASLA green roof will demonstrate the environmental and esthetic value of green roofs; encourage more widespread use of green roofs locally and nationally; and showcase the value landscape architects bring to this type of project. The project is scheduled for official dedication on April 26, 2006.

“Ohio Gratings Inc. is proud to partner with the ASLA on their green roof,” said Karl Neifeldt, Account Manager. “This innovative project breaks the boundaries of typical architecture and delivers not only a beautiful greenscape but a functional means of reducing water runoff, moderating building temperature, and being environmentally friendly. This is a true testament of their vision. Working side by side with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, we were able to help incorporate a typically industrial material into a non-typical application to allow an expansion of the green roof to maximize the benefits of the project. Ohio Gratings Inc. is looking forward to working with other ASLA members for similar upcoming projects.“

About ASLA
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 16,500 members in 48 professional chapters and 68 student chapters. Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation, and rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. Members of the Society use their “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Learn more about landscape architecture online at

About Ohio Gratings
Ohio Gratings, Inc. began operations as a grating fabricator in 1970 and has since experienced steady growth and expansion. Operating in accordance with NAAMM standards in two facilities totaling over 125,000 square feet of space, Ohio Gratings participates in all facets of the grating industry: design commentary, engineering, manufacturing and fabrication. For more information, visit

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