George McNair, Landscape Architect
By Annette Langenstein, Staff Writer
McNair came into the Shopper offices on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon
and sat down with me to speak about being a registered landscape
architect for the state of Oregon. George is a congenial man who said,
“I specialize in site planning. This includes master planning for
businesses, residences, and county planning departments.
He says he also uses ornamental plants that adapt well
to coastal conditions. He also designs automatic irrigation systems,
retaining walls, decks, patios, pathways, night lighting and water
George recommends using the bidding process when
planning any construction project. He said, “The bidding process
starts with professional, detailed plans. Then three contractors are
asked to bid or quote a price from the same detailed plans. The land
owner then is assured of getting comparable prices for exactly the same
work." He continued, "If three landscape contractors each submit
plans with bids, then the bidding process is rendered useless. In
addition to the bidding service, the landscape architect is an advocate
for the client, should something go wrong with the project along the
George likes doing projects for clients, and he provides
constant oversight while a contractor is working. The homeowner is
assured the plans will be followed and if design issues do come up,
you’ve got two professionals figuring out a solution.
Another interesting fact about George is that he is the
only landscape architect that has been living and practicing landscape
architecture on the coast from Brookings to Astoria for over 28 years.
He knows the ornamental plants that grow well along the coast and adapt
to the wind and salt-laden air.
Some of George’s coastal landscape projects are
the Umpqua Banks in Coos Bay and North Bend. The buildings were
designed by Lon Samuels and George’s planting design compliments
the buildings' color and structure. Apartment landscape work by George
include Airport Heights and Hamilton Court in North Bend. George
designed the Windermere Motel landscape and irrigation in Bandon.
Presently George is doing a landscape makeover for the Reedsport
Library. South of Gold Beach, George designed the South Beach Park for
the city of Gold Beach.
In the Rogue Valley during the late 1970s, George
designed landscape plans and irrigation for 4 major apartment projects
in the Rogue Valley, along with top-end residences. Other works
included two major public RV parks, a sports park with a drag strip,
shooting ranges, and circle race car track. Many of these projects can
be seen on YouTube when you type in gmcnair22 to find the
If you’re planning an outdoor project, give George
a call at 541-297-3533, or visit him at 675 Telegraph Drive in Coos
Bay, and let a professional give you the quality results you
deserve! A limited special for landscape consulting is three hours
for $145 in the Coos Bay or North Bend City limits.