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Firm Awarded For Drain Pipe Work

The view from a drainage culvert, shows a sculpture decorating the water retention structure that serves as a park at the corner of Span Road and Imperate Street. The park in the High Desert neighborhood was designed by Sites Southwest and recently won an award from the New Mexico chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects.

Flowers, trees, knowledge and art now fill the quiet park on Albuquerque’s Northeast side, where one of many drainage pipes shuttle water. Which is precisely why the High Desert Water Harvesting Garden and Storm Water Pond recently won one of several awards given by the New Mexico Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Across the state landscape architecture projects were recognized that exemplified creativity, visual interest, environmental sustainability, site responsiveness, cultural sensitivity and an ability to generate a sense of place.

22 entries were received and only seven awards were given. Among them, The High Desert project by Sites Southwest was the only one to receive an award of excellence.

“The thing that I think most people enjoy most about it is the flower plants arrangement with all the colors,” said Ray Berg, president of the board of the High Desert Residential Owners Association.

The facility removes dirt from mountain water before sending it to the river through the city’s drainage system and sends any overflow to an adjacent garden.

“It’s really special that this particular project was recognized because Sites Southwest is really all about sustainability,” said Patrick Gay, principal and landscape architect with Sites Southwest. “The fact that the jury recognized these types of projects as being important, I think, can help promote those ideals in the profession.”

Source: The Albuquerque Tribune

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