ALCC Names 2022 ELITE Award Winners

Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) has announced the winners of its 2022 ELITE Awards. The ELITE Awards are the only program of its type in Colorado and recognize companies and landscape professionals who demonstrate professionalism, excellence, unmatched management practices, sustainability and innovation.

“This year has been another incredibly busy and challenging year for those working in the landscape industry,” said ALCC CEO John McMahon. “This year’s winners have demonstrated an impressive commitment to key values, including environmental stewardship, as well as sound business practices and community service.”

ELITE award categories also reflect the services and amenities that ALCC member companies provide to their customers, with awards for community stewardship, design/build, irrigation management, landscape construction, landscaping, plant design and sustainability. Additionally, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) category recognized five landscape professionals for their outstanding service and dedication to the industry.

More than 150 landscape professionals gathered to celebrate Colorado’s award-winning projects and the organizations that created or maintained them.

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

Community Stewardship

Gold medal : Environmental designs – installation of a Holocaust memorial garden at a local synagogue as part of the Daffodil Project, an initiative to build living memorials to commemorate the lives of children lost in the Holocaust.

Commercial design/construction

Colorado Living Landscape (Gold)

Gold medal : Designscapes Colorado – innovative landscaping at a Park Meadows area business to provide a more attractive landscape while reducing winter maintenance.

Residential design/construction

Gold medal : Lifescape Colorado – upgrade of an iconic Denver residence with luxury, eco-friendly amenities while blending natural and sophisticated styles.

Silver medal : Environmental Designs – creative construction of expansive all-weather indoor/outdoor entertaining space with unique, child-friendly outdoor learning spaces.

Bronze medal : Phase One Landscapes – update and cohesion of a large Greenwood Village backyard with comfortable and entertaining spaces for homeowners and their children.

Irrigation management

Gold medal : Designscapes Colorado – renovation and replacement of Denver golf course irrigation system


Environmental Designs (Gold)

Gold medal : Environmental designs – using retaining walls and raised beds to create separate levels for lounging and gathering in a Westminster home.

Silver medal : Singing Hills Landscape – landscape renovation to retain the historic look and feel of the owner’s home in Denver.

Bronze medal: LID Landscapes – landscaping to correct drainage issues, increase entertaining spaces and preserve/enhance views in a Boulder residence.

Commercial landscaping

Gold medal : Environmental designs – using innovative and sustainable best practices to care for the 27-acre Greeley property for the past five years.

Silver medal : Brightview Landscape Services, Inc. – maintains over 700,000 square feet of turf, over 400,000 square feet of flower beds and over 200,000 square feet of native plants at Inspiration Metropolitan District.

Bronze medal : Arrowhead Landscape Services – tending over 200 acres at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery while working around memorial items and services.

Residential landscaping

Gold medal : Lifescape Colorado – nurturing a 34,000 square foot Boulder property, keeping its formal landscape while balancing site constraints and strict “green” city ordinances.

factory design

Gold medal : Lifescape Colorado – creating two luxury rooftop patios for Denver penthouse units with sturdy container plants to provide much-needed color.

Silver medal : Environmental Designs – renovation that reduced maintenance and watering and incorporated deer-resistant plants at a Boulder residence.

Bronze medal : Tree of Life Landscapes – create a landscape based on the design of nature, incorporating the client in the selection of the plant palette taking into account the appearance of the plants in each season.


Gold medal : Changing Landscapes Inc. – applying dryland, native and xeric landscaping that also incorporates pollinator-friendly shrubs and addresses issues related to high water tables.

Silver medal : Environmental designs – checking and adjusting irrigation in a Centerra residential area to combat water wastage, resulting in water savings, elimination of wasted water, and better overall turf conditions.

Bronze medal : LandCare Management – creation of a pollinator sanctuary comprising 28 large annual/perennial flower beds, nine giant concrete flower pots and 16 large shrub beds filled with native shrubs and tall ornamental grasses.


Award recipients: Char Chacon, Designscapes Colorado, Centennial, CO; Tom Handy, NationScapes, Lakewood, CO; Colby Woodvine, Phase One Landscapes, Denver, CO; Tom Delaney, Rocky Mountain Trees and Landscaping, Crested Butte, CO; Dustin Dayton, Zak George Landscaping, Fort Collins, CO.

You will find more information about all the ELITE winners and their projects here.

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