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George stands in front of one of his landscape projects at Umpqua Bank.  He knows the ornamental plants that grow well along the coast and adapt to the wind and salt-laden air.

George McNair, Landscape Architect  
By Annette Langenstein, Staff Writer

George 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 drainage

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 way.”

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 work.         

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.

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