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DENVER — In November, Colorado’s landscaping industry association, Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado announced the recipients of its 2021 ELITE awards. The ELITE Awards are given to landscape professionals and companies that demonstrate excellence, management, sustainability, innovation, and professionalism.

“This year’s award winners demonstrated outstanding commitment to the central values of our industry, even during one of the busiest and most challenging seasons we’ve ever had,” said ALCC Chief Executive Officer John McMahon. “They have exhibited impressive environmental stewardship as well as sound business practices and community service.”

ELITE Award categories also mirror the services and amenities ALCC member companies provide their clients, with awards for Community Stewardship, Design/Build, Innovation, Landscape Construction, Landscape Maintenance, Plant Design and Sustainability. The Most Valuable Player (MVP), category honored four landscape professionals for their exceptional service and dedication to this industry.

More than 120 landscape professionals gathered to celebrate Colorado projects that placed in the awards, and the organizations that created or maintain them.

This year’s recipients, finalists and a brief description of their project submissions are as follows:

Community Stewardship

Gold Award: Designscapes Colorado – outreach program for underserved children during the holiday season in the Denver metro area

Design/Build

Gold Award: Lifescape Colorado – application of Xeriscape principles on a 1930s Tudor-style Denver, CO home

Silver Award: Tree of Life Landscapes – creation of a private entertaining space that balances an ultramodern Boulder, CO home

Bronze Award: Phase One Landscapes – renovation of a Parker, CO outdoor living space to cater to all generations

Innovation

Award: Rocky Mountain Trees and Landscaping – unique approach to business focusing on key clients and unusual labor sources at a landscape company in Crested Butte, CO

Landscape Construction

Gold Award for Commercial Landscape Construction: Western States Reclamation – extensive landscape renovation outside a north Denver community recreation center

Silver Award for Commercial Landscape Construction: Landtech Contractors – construction of a new “outdoor gateway” to Coors Field, the Colorado Rockies stadium in Denver

Bronze Award for Commercial Landscape Construction: Tree of Life Landscapes – landscape renovation outside a Denver, CO apartment community

Gold Award for Residential Landscape Construction: Changing Landscapes – landscape renovation at a Boulder, CO home

Maintenance

Gold Award for Commercial Landscape Maintenance: Environmental Designs, Inc. – extensive upkeep of a condominium community in Loveland, CO

Gold Award for Residential Landscape Maintenance: Lifescape Colorado – meticulous maintenance at an English, garden-style home in Denver, CO

Sustainability

Gold Award: Environmental Designs, Inc. – upkeep and revitalization of irrigation system in planter beds outside industrial buildings in Loveland, CO

Plant Design

Gold Award for Commercial Plant Design: Environmental Designs, Inc. – color beds including a logo design in Loveland, CO

Silver Award for Commercial Plant Design: Lifescape Colorado – vibrant and extensive gardens at a faith-based organization in Centennial, CO

Bronze Award for Commercial Plant Design: Environmental Designs, Inc. – design and revision of colorful display of planters along an urban, Denver street

Gold Award for Residential Plant Design: Tree of Life Landscapes – perennial garden including low water use plantings at Boulder-area home

MVP

Award Recipients:

Steven Beacon, Brightview Landscape, Denver, CO

Sophia Gonzales, Rocky Mountain Trees and Landscaping, Crested Butte, CO

Dalva Hedlund, Phase One Landscapes, Denver, CO

Michael Hofmann, Colorado Stoneworks, Colorado Springs, CO

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