Story of a Landscape: Courtyard Project for Senior Living Facility Wins HNA Award
If you’ve ever wondered if practice really does make perfect, ask Joe Monello; President and owner of Wayne, New Jersey-based Monello Landscape Industries, who took home this year’s Hardscape North America award for “Combination of Hardscape Products – Commercial – Less than 20,000 square feet” for a nursing home courtyard project his company completed in Wilmington, Massachusetts.
One entry from a different facility’s project in 2015 failed to garner even a nod from the judges. Even with just 15 projects under his belt, Monello says he’ll continues to fine-tune every one until it is perfect.
Monello Landscape Industries continues to design, build, and perform maintenance for both residential and commercial landscape projects. The maintenance side of the business launched Monello head first into the nursing home and health care market.
Their client, CareOne LLC, is a NJ-based owner of assisted (and senior) living facilities. They initially brought in Monello for some paver maintenance on a couple of patios at their facilities. The client had also mentioned a new fountain feature that would work in one of their new areas.
“At the last minute, they asked if I could put a design together in two days to show what we could do for one of their courtyards,” Monello explains. “I said ‘Sure’ and put together a design with a pergola, a barbecue area for a grill, a sensory garden, and a fountain.” – Joe Monello