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McDowell Sonoran Preserve trailhead earns top design award

Recognized for its sustainable design and sensitivity to the desert habitat within the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale’s Lost Dog Wash Trailhead was recently awarded the top Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects, Western Mountain Region.

lostdogThe trailhead’s building and parking area have been designed to blend in with the surrounding desert preserve and incorporate green building techniques. These include
photovoltaic cells that provide electricity, and grey water and rainwater harvesting that produce nearly 75,000 gallons of water annually for landscape irrigation. In addition, special attention has been paid to salvage and relocate native vegetation to other areas of disturbance within the preserve.

“This award is a great lostdog2example of Scottsdale’s continuing efforts to set the standard for green, sustainable buildings,” said former Mayor Mary Manross. “It’s particularly fitting that an entrance to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve demonstrates the city’s deep commitment to buildings that are sensitive to the environment.”

Earlier this summer, the city also received an award for the South Areas Trails Map of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve from the Arizona Geographic Information Council in the cartographic design category.

Since 1994, nearly 15,000 acres of the McDowell Mountains and Sonoran Desert have been preserved in Scottsdale. The AIA Western Mountain Region awards program covers a six-state region including Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Wyoming.


The Lost Dog Wash Trailhead was one of three projects earning the Honor Award among 256 projects submitted.

For more information about the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, visit www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov/preserve or call 480-312-7722. For more information about events planned during McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month, visit www.mcdowellsonoran.org or call the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy at 480-998-7971.


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