The City of Aspen Parks Department is recipient of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado’s highest award as part of their 2008 Excellence in Landscape Awards. The association recently presented the city with a President’s Award for the Jennie Adair Regional Stormwater Quality Project.
“The Jennie Adair project took seven years from concept to creation, and it works as a stormwater treatment center for a significant portion of Aspen,” said Stephen Ellsperman, parks and open space director for the city of Aspen. “An estimated 144 tons of sediment have been removed by the project since installation, and we have a beautiful functioning wetland that protects our Roaring Fork River in an area that was an eyesore before this project.”
The Jennie Adair Stormwater Project, adjacent to the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, is an excellent example of implementing sound design and site restoration concepts to optimize a wetland system for purposes of stormwater detention, habitat creation and public education. The project improved a sensitive riparian area and wildlife corridor as well as the floodplain. The President’s Award however isn’t really about the design or the function of the project, it’s more about the construction of it, Ellsperman said.
“This particular award honors how the city of Aspen managed the time, budgets and technical aspects of the project,” he said. “This award really recognizes how the city implemented the design and created a fantastic, functioning project that will serve this area for years to come.”
This is not the first award the Jennie Adair project has received. To date the project has received the following accolades, in addition to the award described above:
- A 2008 Honor Award for Design – Colorado Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects;
- A 2008 Land Stewardship Award – Colorado Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects;
- Published in the 2008 annual civil engineering trade journal American Council of Engineering Companies.
For more information on the project, contact Scott Chism at 970-429-2029.