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ALCC announces 2022 ELITE Award recipients

Colorado’s landscape industry association, Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC), announced the recipients of its 2022 ELITE Awards. The ELITE Awards is the only program of its kind in Colorado and recognizes landscape companies and professionals who demonstrate unparalleled professionalism, excellence, management practices, sustainability, and innovation.

“This has been another incredibly busy and challenging year for those who work in the landscape industry,” said ALCC Chief Executive Officer John McMahon. “This year’s award winners exhibited impressive commitment to key values including 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, Irrigation Management, Landscape Construction, Landscape Maintenance, Plant Design and Sustainability. In addition, the Most Valued 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 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: Environmental Designs – installing a Holocaust Memorial Garden at a local synagogue as part of the Daffodil Project, an initiative to build living memorials to commemorate lives of children lost in the Holocaust.


Commercial Design/Build

Gold Award: Designscapes Colorado – innovative landscaping at a Park Meadows-area business to provide a more visually appealing landscape while reducing winter maintenance.

Residential Design/Build

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

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

Bronze Award: Phase One Landscapes – updating and bringing cohesion to a large Greenwood Village backyard with cozy and entertaining spaces for the owners and their children.

Irrigation Management

Gold Award: Designscapes Colorado – renovation and replacement of the irrigation system for a Denver golf course

Landscape Construction

Gold Award: Environmental Designs – using retaining walls and raised planting beds to create separate levels for lounging and gathering at a Westminster home.

Silver Award: Singing Hills Landscape – renovation of landscape to maintain the historic look and feel of the owner’s Denver house.

Bronze Award: LID Landscapes – landscaping to correct drainage issues, increase the number of entertaining spaces and preserve/enhance views at a Boulder residence.

Commercial Landscape Maintenance

Gold Award: Environmental Designs – use of innovative and sustainable best practices to care for 27-acre Greeley property over the last five years.

Silver Award: Brightview Landscape Services, Inc. – tending over 700,000 square feet of turf, more than 400,000 square feet of beds and over 200,000 square feet of native plants at Inspiration Metropolitan District.

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

Residential Landscape Maintenance

Gold Award: Lifescape Colorado – caring for a 34,000-square-foot Boulder property, keeping its landscape formal while balancing site constraints and strict ‘green’ city ordinances.

Plant Design

Gold Award: Lifescape Colorado – creation of dual luxury rooftop patios for Denver penthouse units with hardy container plants to provide much-needed color.

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

Bronze Award: Tree of Life Landscapes – crafting a landscape based on nature’s design, incorporating the client in selecting the plant palette with an eye to how plants will look in every season.


Gold Award: Changing Landscapes Inc. – applying dry-land, native and xeric landscaping that also incorporated pollinator-friendly shrubs and addressed high water table challenges.

Silver Award: Environmental Designs – auditing and adjusting irrigation in a residential area in Centerra to address water waste, resulting in water savings, elimination of water waste and overall better turf conditions.

Bronze Award: LandCare Management – creating a pollinator sanctuary including 28 large annual/perennial floral beds, nine giant concrete flowerpots 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

More information on all the ELITE Winners and their projects can be found at