Soleri Bridge earns 2 Crescordia awards; 3 other Scottsdale projects honored by Valley Forward
Sept. 19, 2011
Contact: Mike Phillips, public affairs manager, (480) 312-7825
Soleri Bridge earns 2 Crescordia awards;
3 other Scottsdale projects honored by Valley Forward
Scottsdale’s landmark Soleri Bridge and Plaza captured two top awards Sept. 17 at the Valley Forward Association’s 31st Annual Environmental Excellence Awards banquet.
The awards, known as Crescordias, annually recognize outstanding contributions to the sustainability of Valley communities.
Three other Scottsdale projects received awards of merit in the Valley Forward competition.
The Soleri Bridge and Plaza, by renowned architect Paolo Soleri, was dedicated last year in Downtown Scottsdale through a partnership between the city, Salt River Project, Scottsdale Public Art and citizen groups.
The visually striking pedestrian bridge and plaza feature a solar calendar, bell and panel artwork and a unique gathering space along the Arizona Canal known as the Scottsdale Waterfront.
The Soleri Bridge and Plaza won top Valley Forward honors in both the Art in Public Places and Site Development and Landscape categories. More information on the bridge and plaza is available at: www.soleribridge.com
The three Scottsdale projects receiving merit awards from Valley Forward are:
- The 96th Street Improvement Project: Shea Boulevard to Thunderbird Road, recognized in the Livable Communities Multimodal Transportation & Connectivity category. Designed as an interface between rural and suburban areas, this project features streetscape with an equestrian flair. It reduced traffic from four to two lanes and allows equestrians, bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists to safely operate in a pleasant environment. For more information, visit: https://eservices.scottsdaleaz.gov/eServices/Cases/casesheet.aspx?caseid=25517
- The Southern Scottsdale Character Area Plan, recognized in the Livable Communities Public Policy/Plans category. This plan offers guidance to the community regarding future growth and development decisions. It acts as a framework for citizens, business owners and public officials to join together and ensure that revitalization and redevelopment fulfills the community’s vision and values. For more information on the plan, visit: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/planning/areaplans/CAPsouthern
- The Appaloosa Branch Library, recognized in the Buildings and Structures category through an entry submitted by Douglas Sydnor Architect and Associates, Inc. The library’s focus on beauty and sustainability provides natural reading light, heat dissipating features and interior spaces open to the surrounding desert. Appaloosa is a LEED Gold Certified building. For more information, visit: http://library.scottsdaleaz.gov/main/locations_and_hours
For more information on the Valley Forward Association’s Environmental Excellence Awards, visit: http://www.valleyforward.org/news/48/