Plantscape provides landscape management services to scores of Pittsburgh area corporate and business properties. The awards we have received in are a reflection of the diverse range of services we provide our clients. Our commitment to excellence over the past 43 years has led Plantscape to win more than 50 national awards for a variety of both interior and exterior landscaping projects, along with Christmas decorating.


Former CEO Steve Falatovich (left) and vice president Tom Horowitz receive three Environmental Improvement Awards at the November 2003 ALCA Conference held in St Louis. ALCA was the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, which has become NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals).

Pittsburgh Zoo Aquarium Project

Plantscape’s Grand Award was for the installation of the interior plantings for the Pittsburgh Zoo’s new PPG Aquarium, an exciting new attraction. The planter area was approximately 2,000 sq. ft. with gunite stonework created for the planting and waterfall. The project required 150 tons of gravel, 200 tons of specially blended soil mix to meet exacting pH requirements. Seven tri-axle loads of soil mix had to be dumped on an upper road staging area, then shuttled in dump trucks to the job site. Plant material included trees up to 15 ft. high. Moving materials to the site was a challenge as the building is at the bottom of a ravine with limited access. Windows into the building had to be removed and a conveyor and plywood chutes were rigged to get the planting mix inside. Installation took 10 days.

ALCOA Headquarters Erosion Control Project

Plantscape’s award was for the installation of an erosion control project for ALCOA’s Corporate Headquarters building on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. The shoreline was slowly eroding due to river floods and ice buildup. Plantscape installed 450 tons of large rip-rap stone to stabilize the shoreline and enhance its appearance. 350 feet of shoreline had to be covered. A 100 ft. crane was used to place the stones which were brought in on two large barges. Plantscape removed and replanted existing plants, installed erosion control fabric and graded the slope. Two years were spent obtaining all the necessary permits for this project.

Groundskeeping at Washington’s Landing

Plantscape’s award was for the quality of the landscape management service it provided to the 42-acre Washington’s Landing river island on the Allegheny—reborn with office buildings, 88 townhouses and walking trails. Plantscape cared for 6 acres of grass, maintained 1½ miles of walking trails; cared for hundreds of shrubs and 30 ft. trees; maintained wildflower fields and natural areas; and provided snow removal in the winter months.