Meredith has been working at Total Habitat since 2019. Meredith is from Overland Park, Kansas and currently lives in De Soto, Kansas. Her favorite thing about working for Total Habitat is the variety of work. "We are always learning something new, or ways to improve upon something. Everyone is expected to be able to complete any task that we might encounter so it is never boring or routine, and we're learning from each other in the process." When asked what her favorite tool was, she said the oxy acetylene torch or a really perfect black pen.
Outside of work Meredith loves everything to do with the outdoors. She loves going on hikes with her dog Anakin. In particular she loves looking at insects, flowers and rocks when hiking and has an extensive personal rock collection. She also enjoys swimming (in chlorine free water of course!) and reading in her spare time. Meredith said she loves the opportunity to travel with the company because she gets a chance to explore and hike in different climates and environments across the country.
Waylon has worked at Total Habitat since May of 2018. He is from Concordia, Kansas and has recently moved to Topeka, KS. When asked what his favorite tool he said the Omni Driver. His favorite project so far has been the Natural Swimming Pool in Tonganoxie in which they built up the rock walls in a spiral shape inspired from the nautilus shell.
Outside of work Waylon enjoys spending time with his with his children. When weather permits he likes to ride his motorcycle and do customization work on it. You can see the work he has done on his motorcycle below as well and showcasing his love for the Grateful Dead. He was thrilled to get to visit some famous Grateful Dead landmarks in San Francisco in the summer of 2019. If you ever get the chance to meet Waylon make sure to ask him about it, he is an exceptional story teller.
Logan has been working with Total Habitat since May of 2018. He is from, and currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas. His favorite thing about Total Habitat is the people. "It sounds cheesy, I know, but truthfully, I am extremely grateful to get to work with these individuals. They bring a variety of knowledge and background to the table and make working at Total Habitat far more than just a job."
Logan's favorite project so far has been the Natural Swimming Pool we built in Tonganoxie, which was built in a spiral shape inspired by the shell of a nautilus. Logan's favorite tool is the human brain, which is no surprise because one of his favorite subjects to study is Psychology.
If you get the opportunity to meet Logan you’ll know that he likes to take in the world around him. He enjoys observing the nature wherever he travels, insects & animals in particular. On a recent job near Seattle he enjoyed scooping a jar from the local lake making a temporary aquarium to identify and observe the lake organisms. This goes hand-in-hand with his talent for photography which you can see in the pictures he took of our NSPs below. Logan has an interest in Psychology which he studies extensively in his free time. His focused interest is in Personality Psychology and learning about interpersonal relationships and communication.
The long awaited opening of The Kay McFarland Japanese Water Garden at the Topeka Zoo has arrived! The official opening ceremony was held on August 27th, 2020. What was once a parking lot and an empty field is now a gorgeous space dedicated to former Chief Justice Kay McFarland's and her dream of a renowned Japanese garden in Topeka, Kansas.
We were honored to be part of this massive project by building all of the water features in the garden. We also provided water plants (along with Water's Edge & the Water Garden Society) and with the help of amazing volunteers installed all the water plants within the garden. Many of the plants you will see in the garden today were transplanted from Kay's personal garden, as another way for her memory to live on within the Japanese Garden.
*Read more about the specifics of this project in our previous post here
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony featured performances by the Japanese drum group Three Trails Taiko. Speeches were made by the project leaders involved as well as Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, and guest from the Japanese Consulate in Chicago General Kenichi Okada. General Okada stated about Kay McFarland, "She wanted to have a place of beauty, serenity, and peace for the people of Topeka, and now her vision has been completed."
Many of the speakers and attendees spoke of the pride and joy they felt in now having a piece of art in the Kansas state capital. Patrons from all over will come to visit and share in its beauty as they walk the through the different paths of the garden.
Speakers: Brendan Wiley: Zoo Director, Michelle De La Isla: Topeka Mayor, Koji Morimoto: Lead Japanese Garden Design Expert, General Kenichi Okada: Chicago Japanese Consulate, Pat Colley: FOTZ director, Elaine Schwartz: Trustee
*Watch full Three Trails Taiko Japanese Drum performances here, or visit their Facebook page for more information
"Once in a lifetime do you get the change to build something that is this meaningful, and this important to present and future generations. We are honored and delighted to have played such an important part in this fabulous creation. Enjoy the Garden!" - Mick Hilleary, Total Habitat CEO
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