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 Did you know ... about Snow?








Snow can also precipitate as graupel or sleet. Not to be confused with hail, graupel (or snow pellets) are opaque ice particles that form in the atmosphere as ice crystals fall through freezing cloud droplets—meaning cloud particles that are colder than the freezing point of water but remain liquid. The cloud droplets group together to form a soft, lumpy mass. Sleet, on the other hand, consists of drops of rain that freeze into small, translucent balls of ice as they fall from the sky.





Snow, like the ice particles it’s made up of, is actually colorless. It’s translucent, which means that light does not pass through it easily (like it would transparent glass), but is rather reflected. It’s the light reflected off a snowflake’s faceted surface that creates its white appearance.


But why white? The reason we see objects as colors is because some wavelengths of light are absorbed while others are reflected. The object takes on whatever color light is reflected. For example, the sky is blue because the blue wavelengths are reflected while the other colors are absorbed. Since snow is made up of so many tiny surfaces, the light that hits it is scattered in many directions and will actually bounce around from one surface to the next as it’s reflected. This means no wavelength is absorbed or reflected with any consistency, so the white light bounces back as the color white.





Chicago averages 35 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year. -- Chicago gets 38 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year. -- On average, there are 189 sunny days per year in Chicago. The US average is 205 sunny days.


Chicago gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 125 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.



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For his dedication to the commercial real estate industry and his tireless interest in growing BOMA/Suburban Chicago, Tom Kelly, Vice President, Balanced Environments, Inc. was recently awarded the BOMA/Suburban Chicago’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors someone who has made a long-lasting contribution to BOMA, done exceptional work and is dedicated to encouraging other members of our association.

Tom Kelly has been involved in the Chicago area real estate market for over 20 years and a consistent supporter of BOMA. He has served on various committees, including many years on the Trade Show Committee. He has been an integral part of the process to upgrade and refresh the yearly EXPO, making it better for exhibitors and guests alike.

Tom is dedicated to building relationships with others in the BOMA Suburban association, helping others succeed and bring more members together. Described as a very genuine individual who values people and relationships, he is someone to have in your corner! His company consistently provides financial support to BOMA programs and events, allowing more member involvement. Also described as a great mentor, he has the best interests of BOMA/Suburban Chicago in mind. Add to all this his wealth of industry knowledge, experience and his belief that BOMA/Suburban Chicago is the key to success!

 ****Join us in congratulating Tom! ****


Congratulations TEAM!


Balanced Environments, Inc. has earned

the 2018 National Association of Landscape Professionals

Award of Excellence Gold Award


for its outstanding efforts at


“Kemper Lakes Business Center” in Lake Zurich, IL.



Kemper Lakes Business Center is a world class multi-tenant corporate campus with four interconnected buildings totaling more than 1.1 million square feet for three world headquartered corporations on site. The client expects the 150 acre grounds to be continuously maintained with a polished appearance that is consistent with the impeccable interior office spaces and common areas.  All of these expectations are achieved through a close partnership and collaboration of achieving a workplace unlike any other within distinct budget constraints.


Surrounded on three sides by a connected chain of lakes, shared with the adjacent renowned Kemper Lakes Golf Club, the property possesses changing water tables and soil types resulting in challenging irrigation requirements and demands.  Landscape maintenance crews are present on the property every weekday morning to police the grounds and deadhead seasonal color plantings preparing the property for the 4000 plus daily workforce. Experienced foreman and site supervisor are responsible for regularly inspecting the property.  The on-site property management team is an integral partner during the seasonal color display selection process. High expectations are set to achieve vibrancy and intensity of color using consistent varieties at different moisture and exposure conditions. The adjacent world class golf course provides a beautiful backdrop surrounding these grounds but periodic golf tournaments including the 2018 women’s PGA championship create unique challenges for our normal maintenance practices. 




Professional landscape management organizations provide comprehensive service offerings above and beyond mowing, trimming and weeding. Plant Health Care (PHC) is available to our clients to help prevent, detect and combat damaging insect and disease outbreaks that can have adverse effects on the landscape. This year, our staff Certified Arborist Leo Mendoza, has been scouting our client’s properties to protect them from detrimental pests. “The three primary insects we have been concerned about this season include;Viburnum leaf beetlesJapanese beetles, and Magnolia scale insect.”
Viburnum leaf beetle is a relatively new pest in the past few years but is becoming a menace to varieties of viburnum. They are initially very small and detection is usually after the damage has occurred. This pest is a concern as it has the potential to be serious defoliator of viburnums. 
The more common Japanese beetles are present usually feeding on linden and oak trees, roses, hydrangea and other host shrubs. The adult beetle feeds on the foliage of woody plants while the larvae (grubs) develop in the soil and feed mainly on turf roots. (see article below)
Magnolia scale insect has become an ongoing problem in northeastern Illinois. Indications of this scale insect include the characteristic white clusters clinging to branches and the black sooty mold present on leaves. Control measures can be effective using proper techniques and timing.





Could your Property Benefit from an Irrigation Audit?
Water is a basic necessity for all living things including our landscapes. The amount of moisture available to plants is critical to a great looking landscape. But enough is enough. Chicago precipitation has been exceedingly heavy. Rainfall totals have reached 7.63 inches through June 27th, the fifth wettest June on record. May rainfall totaled 8.21 inches, the wettest ever. Besides creating havoc for our mowing and service schedules, too much moisture can be as detrimental to our plants as not enough. Your irrigation system is designed to provide supplemental watering during times when natural rainfall is not available. It’s critical that your system is programmed, maintained and monitored properly to avoid over-watering.
With over 70% of the Earth's surface covered by water, it's easy to forget what a precious resource water is. During the rainy spring season, it's easy to think there is just too much water. Yet, conserving water is an imperative for all of us and the best way to ensure that water is being used optimally is with an Irrigation Audit of your property.
Irrigation system problems are often visible before conducting a formal irrigation audit. Below are some of the prevalent issues that can be easily identified during a walk-through with one of our technicians and how we can help you solve them.





Let the Fun Begin!
After a record breaking month of May relating to rainfall, we are finally experiencing some warm summer-like weather. Many of you have planned your summer trips or annual family traditions at your favorite summer getaway. Remember those fun-filled summer trips as a child spending quality time with your family swimming, boating and singing around the campfire? Now as adults we pass those memory making moments along to our kids, nieces, nephews and maybe even grandkids. Don’t forget to take the time to plan these unforgettable weekends before they get away from you. You won’t regret it.
The Great Outdoors
Scientific facts prove that spending time outdoors provides for us mental and physical benefits. One study suggests that spending 20 minutes in the open air gives your brain an energy boost comparable to one cup of coffee.





... Finally!
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
– Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard’s Egg
Winter seemed to linger longer than normal this year. After a cooler than normalApril and late season snowfalls it looks like spring is finally here to stay. Spring is the time for plans and planting, a time to return to the outdoors and experience nature at its best.
Our landscape crews are at their highest level of activity as they endeavor to perform the many spring tasks required on your properties. Timing is everything in our landscapes and being proactive with spring tasks will result in a relaxing, enjoyable summer. 
Here is a list of tasks to consider having completed within the next four weeks:





April showers bring a few concerns...
Plants need moisture to survive and as we come out of another Chicagoland winter it’s important to understand the benefits and concerns of our typical spring showers. We are fortunate to live in a region where our soils are mostly rich dark topsoil that provides beneficial structure and nutrients for plants to thrive.
Although soil may seem rather solid, spaces exist between soil particles. These spaces hold vital air and water necessary for the plant roots system. Root survival is dependent upon absorbing oxygen from these air spaces in the soil. Spring rains fill the spaces in the soil with water, and the air is displaced. Gravity pulls on the water and it moves downward allowing the air to move back into the spaces. Too much water/rain saturates the soil which deprives the roots from the oxygen they need. Over time this will stop roots from functioning properly, make them susceptible to root rot infections and eventually lead to their death.
Our best defense against this situation is to make sure our landscape plants are growing in well-drained situations. This includes 





Balanced Environments Inc. earns INDUSTRY PARTNER of the YEAR Premier Award from IREM Chicago


Drake Hotel Site of 14th Annual Evening to Recognize Excellence in Chicago Commercial Real Estate

CHICAGO, March 2, 2018– Four Chicago area commercial real estate professionals and two leading companies were honored for excellence and outstanding contributions to the property management industry March 2 at the 14th Annual IREM Chicago Premier Awards and Casino Night.

These four professionals earned individual Premier Awards in their respective categories:

  • Steve Matre, CPM®, Banner Real Estate Group -- CPM® of the Year
  • David Newton, ARM®, CPM®, Draper and Kramer, AMO® -- ARM® of the Year
  • Celina Bright, Hillcrest Property Management, AMO® -- Leadership Award
  • Thomas Purrazzo, Hillcrest Property Management, AMO® -- Rising Star

Two companies that provide products and services to the metropolitan Chicago property management industry earned awards in their respective categories.

The gala event, held at Chicago’s historic Drake Hotel, drew more than 230 Chapter 23 members, Industry Partners and guests for an evening of food and beverage, casino games, camaraderie, and of course, recognition for the winners in six Premier Awards categories. IREM 2018 national President Donald Wilkerson, CPM® and 2016 IREM Chicago President Brian Lozell, CPM®, served as co-hosts.

A total of 19 nominations were submitted for consideration during the 2018 competition.

The Premier Awards were created to recognize people, organizations and companies for excellence in areas that include….