Dan Quackenbush recently got back from his internship at Pacific Landscape Management, an ever-growing company located in the Portland area that prides themselves on sustainable designs. Pacific Landscape Management has three locations in the greater Portland area to help better serve their clients. They focus on landscape management, but they also service landscape renovation, irrigation, snow and ice removal, and aquatic management. Dan and his wife stayed in a cozy apartment in Hillsboro where they did some very exciting things like touring the Tillamook cheese factory and camping out on the beach. An average day for Dan started at 9am and ended at 5pm and included things like; meeting with area managers, designing commercial enhancements, and designing sustainable turf conversions. Dan feels that he most improved his customer service skills and design skills, and he was also very excited about understanding and seeing the behind-the-scenes of how a design firm works together. Some advice he gives to students going on their internship is to “Be prepared to use the knowledge you have received from [BYU-I], and go above and beyond what people ask of you.” One of the highlights of Dan’s internship was attending Pacific Landscape Management’s Sustainability Fair. He was able to rub shoulders with lots of clients including Rain Bird and Simplot representatives. If you have any questions about Pacific Landscape Management or the surrounding area ask Dan when you see him around the Benson Building.
These are a few designs Dan worked on while at Pacific Landscape Management:
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.