Environmental Design Awards


True, Scottsdale’s cars and trucks are our pride and joy as collision repair pros – they’re a big part of how we get out and tour this beautiful Valley of the Sun. We’re well-acquainted with seeing our area’s distinctive natural beauty through a pristine windshield or passenger window. So, when three of Scottsdale’s favorite scenic locales for absorbing all that natural grandeur can bring home the state’s proud recognition, we’re all the more proud to call this city our home.

The Arizona Forward Association’s 33rd Annual Environmental Excellence Awards included kudos prestigious top Crescordia honors for Scottsdale’s Tom’s Thumb Trailhead and Nodal Water Garden recreational areas.

Scottsdale’s Tom’s Thumb Trailhead, a partnership between the City of Scottsdale and the teaming of Fucello Architects with Redden Construction was praised by the AFA as being a “remarkably sustainable civic building [that] charters new territory not just for its environmental integration, but for its self-sufficiency, as the site is not connected to conventional municipal infrastructure.”

Meanwhile, the AFA acclaimed Nodal Water Garden artist Jeff Zischke for an area that “celebrates the strategic and economic role canals have played in the Valley’s Growth. Located in the canal running between downtown Scottsdale’s Soleri and Marshall Way bridges, Nodal Water Garden is a piece of floating temporary, solar-powered artwork that marked November 2012’s annual Scottsdale Public Art Canal Convergence event.

In addition, the AFA honored the city’s Via Dona Trail with an Award of Merit. The trail connects bicyclists, pedestrians and equestrians with Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve with a scenic rural pathway that’s also accessible to citizens with disabilities. The Via Dona Trail is a joint project of the City of Scottsdale, Okanogan Trails Construction, Coffman Studio and Jack Gilcrest Landscape Architect.

For more information about this year’s award winners, visit http://www.arizonaforward.org.

Tina Small has been part of the Airpark Collision Center team since 2006. Working directly with customers, her goal is to share frequent customer questions, and proper methods of collision repair.