By Eric Jay Toll for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Grand Canyon Trust Volunteer Program was best of show, and 16 other winners walked away with Valley Forward’s Environmental Excellence Awards for 2013. The Arizona Forward-SRP award partnership recognizes projects environmental contributions and sustainability. Another 33 projects won awards of merit.
More than 110 entries were reviewed for the awards, with the Grand Canyon Trust Volunteer Program receiving the coveted President’s Award for its stewardship efforts. The program embraces more than 3,000 individuals volunteering over 18,000 hours a year to science-based conservation projects. The program also won a first-place Crescordia Award in the Environmental Stewardship—Northern Arizona category.
Only three projects received awards in multiple categories this year. One was the DARTS building, originally constructed in 1969 and completely renovated by Gabor Lorant Architects with modern enhancements and sustainable features. The building itself won a first-place Crescordia award in the Buildings and Structures – Commercial & Mixed Use category and the updated landscaping features received an Award of Merit in the Site Development and Landscape – Private Sector category.
Double honors also went to Gordon Estates, a subdivision by Mandalay Homes constructed through Phoenix’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program. This vacant, foreclosed subdivision in south Phoenix was completely renovated to erase neighborhood blight and is now the most highly rated and certified green subdivision in the country. Its affordable homes boast an average estimated electric bill of $50 per month. The Phoenix program won a first-place in the Livable Communities – Sustainable Communities category and the subdivision earned an Award of Merit in Buildings and Structures – Residential.
PHX Sky Train also won multiple awards, a Crescordia in Livable Communities – Multi Modal Transportation & Connectivity for its stature as the only LEED Gold certified transit campus in the world and merit recognition for Art in Public Places.
List of 2013 Crescordia Winners
PRESIDENT’S AWARD (Best of Show)
Grand Canyon Trust Volunteer Program, Submitted by: Grand Canyon Trust
BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES
Residential: Encore on Farmer, Okland Construction
Civic: Tom’s Thumb Trailhead, Fucello Architects
Historic Preservation: 1891 Pinal County Courthouse, Pinal County
Commercial & Mixed Use: DARTS, Gabor Lorant Architects Inc.
Institutional: Fireside Elementary School, DLR Group
Sustainable Communities: Stabilizing Phoenix Neighborhoods, City of Phoenix
Multimodal Transportation & Connectivity: PHX Sky Train, City of Phoenix
SITE DEVELOPMENT AND LANDSCAPE
Parks: Westwing Neighborhood Park, EPG
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES
Nodal Water Garden, Scottsdale Public Art
Public Sector: DVL UAV Rainwater Harvesting, Desert View Landscape, LLC
Private Sector: PepsiCo Tolleson Sustainability Program. PepsiCo
Public Sector: Solar Demonstration Project, City of Avondale
Educators, Students & Nonprofits: River Pathways, Audubon Arizona
Central Arizona: Wilderness Stewardship Program, Arizona Wilderness Coalition
Northern Arizona: Grand Canyon Trust Volunteer Program, Grand Canyon Trust
Southern Arizona: University of Arizona Science and Technology Park, Tucson Electric Power
For a complete list of winners, click here.