Traditional turf grass and landscape applications require irrigation and lawn mowing, resulting in:
  1. Unnecessary irrigation costs
  2. Routine maintenance and operating costs
  3. Increase storm water runoff
  4. Reduced habitat for wildlife

Multiple issues stem from these two items. First, America uses 34% of its water supply for irrigation and as high as 75% in western states. Utilizing the solutions below helps eliminate the strain on the U.S. freshwater system. In addition, regular maintenance adds unnecessary operating costs, introduces carbon into the air, and adds fertilizers into the water supply. The methods below help lower operating costs while mitigating environmental side effects.

ImageNative Landscaping / Xeriscaping
Average Industry Cost: $2.50 - $4.00 sq. yd.
Payback: 1-3 years
The best approach to lower operating costs (reduce costly irrigation and maintenance) is to replace landscaping and turf grass with native or adapted landscaping (vary by region and climate), which require minimal landscaping maintenance and watering.

ImageRainwater Harvesting (Cisterns and Rain Barrels)
Average Industry Cost: Varies
Payback: 5-15 years (varies based on type of application)
When irrigation is needed, freshwater can be supplemented with rainwater, producing significant savings. Using above- or below-ground applications, rainwater can be collected from roofs and other hard surfaces such as sidewalks and parking lots. Once collected, it can be stored, filtered, and pumped for irrigation use to significantly reduce or eliminate potable water use for irrigation.

ImageEfficient Irrigation (Drip Systems, Efficient Controllers, Rain Sensors)
Average Industry Cost: $50-500 varies on system
Payback: 1-2 years
Many irrigation systems are extremely inefficient because the water that is applied is lost through evaporation. Additional water is applied, thus increasing freshwater costs. New irrigation systems employ water-sensing technology, timers, and drip technology that apply water directly to root systems. These various systems significantly reduce the total water distribution necessary to maintain plant health.

  1. Decreased or eliminated maintenance costs
  2. Reduced water bill and decreased demand on potable water supply
  3. Reduction of CO2 emissions from lawn maintenance equipment
  4. Reduction of fertilizers/chemicals and other harmful runoff in freshwater supply
  5. Increase wildlife habitat by use of natural plantings
Project Green

Project Green


Project Green hits the below

Project Green Blog

what others are saying:

“With its tremendously skilled, hard-working team, J.S. Vig Construction helped fulfill the vision that the City of Romulus had in mind when we set out to build the Romulus Athletic Center. Thanks to J.S. Vig, the Romulus Athletic Center is now a beautiful, award-winning and popular athletic facility that has become the jewel in Romulus' crown.”

Tim Keyes
City of Romulus
“It has been a pleasure working with J.S. Vig on numerous projects over the past few years. They exhibit professionalism and honesty in their work, along with a willingness to look at options and alternate approaches to make project happen and succeed.”

David Esau, AIA, LEED AP
Cornerstone Design Inc
“ J.S. Vig is a company that is easy to work with because of their integrity. Our two firms have prospered from an over 30-year relationship, including many projects and personnel, which could not have happened without ongoing dedication to quality and honesty.”

David Zanely, LEED AP
Wilkie & Zanley Architects, A Sidock Company
“I have enjoyed over a 20-year relationship, built on honesty and professionalism, with J.S. Vig Construction Company.”

John Wilkie, AIA
Wilkie & Zanely Architects, A Sidock Company
“J. S. Vig Construction Company has built over 500,000 sf for Avis Farms. We have found their staff and subcontractors to be honest, creative and responsive in meeting our aggressive project goals.”

Trish Kalmbach
BOSC Equities
“…Simply one of the most organized and talented construction teams that I have had the pleasure of working with in 25 years.”

Greg Heil
President, Heil Partnership
“J.S. Vig Construction Company is honest, efficient, responsive, and completes each project with the client's needs in mind.”

Jerry Reinhart
President, Pomeroy Investment Company
“While this was an extremely difficult project in terms of phasing and working around our children, the employees of J.S. Vig did an outstanding job!”

Kurt M. Sebaly M. Ed.
Pentickton Center for Blind Children
“Through the entire pre-construction and warranty phases, your people have been responsive, professional, and cost-efficient. I would welcome the opportunity to recommend your firm and look forward to working together in the future.”

Larry Reed
Metavante Corporation