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Nov. 22, 2017

City projects receive top landscape design award

Two landscaping projects that beautified areas of Chandler have received awards from the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association (ALCA).
The installation of decorative metal cacti in the median of Arizona Avenue south of Chandler Heights Road received the association’s highest recognition, an Award of Excellence. This award is given to projects that demonstrate outstanding levels of workmanship and creativity.

A decorative wall and landscaping project along the north side of Knox Road west of Nebraska Street received the group’s Award of Distinction, presented to projects of superior workmanship. Both projects were designed by Bart Brown, the City’s landscape maintenance and design coordinator.

The Arizona Avenue project involved the installation of 70 decorative metal cacti in center medians located between Chandler Heights and Riggs roads. This stretch of Arizona Avenue is a gateway into Chandler from the south and had declined in appearance over the years.

The City typically would install real plants, but there was no available water supply. To bring a water main and install an irrigation system to the median would have cost over $400,000. The steel cacti were one-tenth the cost.

The other award-winning project involved 1,200 linear feet of wall and landscaped frontage along Knox Road in central Chandler. Landscape elements included a plant palette of shades, colors and textures that were easy to maintain, cost conscious and beautiful to behold.
The 6-foot-tall, heavy duty grout-filled wall features decorative block with intermittent columns trimmed with red glass tile topped with a precast pier cap. Between the columns is a decorative ‘v’ pattern designed with precast block.
The awards were presented Nov. 18 at ALCA’s 41st Annual Arizona Excellence in Landscaping Awards ceremony held at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch.