Landscape projects demonstrate the very best in landscaping, maintenance and community management
Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) recently recognized a number of Denver-area businesses and landscapes in the 2022 ELITE Awards. The only program of its kind in Colorado, the ELITE Awards recognize statewide landscape companies for unparalleled professionalism, excellence and innovation.
“This has been another incredibly busy and challenging year for those working in the landscape industry,” said ALCC Chief Executive Officer John McMahon. “This year’s award winners demonstrated an impressive commitment to key values such as protecting the environment, as well as sound business practices and community service.”
An annual event for more than 50 years, the 2022 Awards recognized winners in nine different categories ranging from sustainability to landscaping.
Denver-based Lifescape Colorado was recognized with three Gold ELITE Awards at this year’s awards. First prize in Residential Design/Build was awarded for the company, owned by one of Metro Denver’s most prominent families, for the comprehensive modernization of a property in Englewood. Embracing luxury amenities and an upscale outdoor style, the renovation successfully blended the owners’ differing preferences for a natural Colorado landscape and a sophisticated, lush landscape. The Lifescape Colorado team also worked around the existing pool and house/bar structure, updating all plumbing, irrigation and lighting to make it more environmentally friendly and high tech.
Lifescape Colorado received its second Gold ELITE Award for residential landscape maintenance for work on a property in Boulder, where it has a dedicated Senior Garden Manager, two fall cleans and one spring clean. The company has maintained the 34,000 square foot property for the past four years, overcoming challenges to formally maintain the site’s appearance while balancing site restrictions and strict “green” city ordinances.
Lifescape Colorado also received this year’s Gold ELITE Award for Plant Design. The company created double luxury rooftop decks custom retrofitted and built for penthouse units of a new residential tower with incredible mountain, city and ballpark views. The project’s plants add color to an otherwise bare area. Due to strict weight restrictions, only container plants could be used, and all trees, shrubs and perennials had to be able to survive harsh weather conditions and high winds on the 14-story building.
Environmental Designs received the Gold ELITE Award for Community Stewardship for their work installing a Holocaust memorial garden in a Denver synagogue. The Loveland and Brighton area company completed this project as part of the Daffodil Project, an initiative to build living memorials to commemorate the lives of children lost in the Holocaust by planting 1.5 million daffodils worldwide. Environmental Designs worked with the synagogue and preschool to design, source and install the garden. The team was able to get donations for many of the materials for the project from suppliers, which helped keep costs down, and more than 20 employees attended the installation. When the garden was complete, Environmental Designs and the synagogue hosted a community volunteer day where they partnered with local people to plant, mulch, and install drip irrigation.
Centennial-based Designscapes Colorado received the Gold ELITE Award for Irrigation Management for the renovation and replacement of the irrigation system at a Denver golf course. The company added new lateral lines and a new 2-wire central control system that uses tree guards for existing roots. The new irrigation system improved the existing turf resulting in more golfers, much to the client’s satisfaction.
The Silver ELITE Award for Landscaping was presented to Aurora-based company Singing Hills Landscape for renovating a home in Denver. The homeowners wanted the new and improved landscaping to be true to the historic character of their Denver home, and the Singing Hills team customized the home’s historic brickwork with remade bricks that were stained to give them a vintage appearance , and antique stone slabs. They also overcame the access and drainage issues to successfully complete this extensive project.
Brightview Landscape Services, Inc. received a Silver ELITE Award for commercial landscape maintenance in recognition of its work on an Aurora property over the past five years. Based in Denver and Broomfield, the company worked closely with the client and associated groups to maintain over 700,000 square feet of lawn, more than 400,000 square feet of flower beds and over 200,000 square feet of native plants. Brightview team members have implemented a number of Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) best practices, including using mulching blades on mowers, removing and recycling green waste, reusing plant containers and limiting unnecessary pruning or watering.
Denver-based Phase One Landscapes received the Bronze ELITE Award for Residential Design/Build in recognition of their work on a landscape in Greenwood Village. The company’s mission was to bring cohesion to the homeowner’s large backyard. They transformed the space to create a cozy nook for morning coffee and a fun space for graduation parties—a place for the owners’ children to have fun as they grow up.
LandCare Management received the Bronze ELITE Award for Sustainability for creating a pollinator sanctuary at the Colorado Center, a LEED certified and Energy Star rated office/retail development in Denver. The Arvada company has maintained the property for the past nine years and this year Landcare has added 28 large annual/perennial flower beds, nine giant concrete flower pots and 16 large shrub beds with native shrubs and tall ornamental grasses. To reduce the amount of chemicals used on the property, the landscape team relies on the emergence of beneficial bugs, including praying mantis, lacewings, nematodes, various species of spiders and ladybugs.
Phase One Landscapes employee Colby Woodvine also received a Most Valued Player or MVP award for his outstanding contributions to the company and the landscape industry.
To view photos of all ELITE projects and get ideas for your own home, visit alcc.com/elite-2022.
Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) is Colorado’s premier professional organization for landscape contractors. For more than 55 years, ALCC has guided landscape professionals to address Colorado’s unique climate and promote sustainable landscapes. ALCC promotes responsible use of water and other natural resources and provides educational and industry certification opportunities for landscape professionals in Colorado. More information at www.alcc.com.