Scottsdale’s green building education center and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve’s Lost Dog Wash Trailhead won top honors Friday as the Valley Forward business and civic organization handed out its Environmental Excellence Awards.
The annual awards recognize contributions to the Valley’s quality of life and environmental enhancement. This year, five of the 18 first-place awards went to Scottsdale projects.
Top winners included the following:
• A partial renovation and addition to Lon’s at Hermosa Inn, a small boutique hotel in Scottsdale. Architects used reclaimed and antique material sympathetic to the existing building to maintain the hotel’s historic presence.
• A barren parcel of land that is used once a year for parking at Scottsdale’s FBR Open golf tournament was recently transformed into a lush, 10-field soccer sports complex. The park features and trees were laid out over the event parking grid, so it won’t interfere with parking approximately 7,000 cars at the tournament.
• The Lost Dog Wash Trailhead was designed to give hikers access to a network of 17 miles of trails. During development of the trail, numerous green building techniques were used to create the parking lots and more than 500 cactuses were salvaged to revitalize the site.
• Before building his custom Scottsdale home, Bryan Beaulieu embarked on a four-year green building journey. The end result was not a house in the traditional sense, but a series of indoor and outdoor living spaces integrated into the desert. There are no paints, stains, particle board, drywall, carpeting, wood framing or aluminum used in the construction of his home. Instead, walls and ceilings are coated with a natural material that absorbs or releases water vapor.
• Scottsdale’s green environmental building center was launched in 2005 to help solve perceived green-building obstacles in the Valley. The facility now serves as a destination for residents and industry professionals to learn more about green building and environmental issues.