Tucson Medical Center Receives Common Grounds Award

Three Projects Nominated for MPA's Common Grounds Award

January 14, 2013

The Metropolitan Pima Alliance’s Common Ground Awards recognize community leaders, projects and events with successful collaboration for the overall benefit of the community. Whether it is land development, economic development or community development, MPA believes it is pertinent for all parties to find common ground. Nominations for awards were solicited from the community. Following an interview process, a committee of MPA members selected finalists in a variety of categories.

Norris Design had three projects nominated in three different categories. The Toole Avenue Streetscape was nominated and won in the Revitalization category. It was completed pro-bono by Norris Design. The City of Tucson's Blue Moon Community Garden was also nominated in the Revitalization category. Tucson Medical Center / Campus Improvements was nominated in the Planning Design or Construction category. 

Downtown Tucson Partnership / Toole Avenue Streetscape  brought together more than 100 volunteers and more than 40 organizations to beautify and artscape four city blocks of downtown Tucson.

(COLLABORATORS: Downtown Tucson Partnership; City of Tucson; Office of the Mayor; Ward 1 Council Office; Ward 6 Council Office; Parkwise; Pima County; WAMO; Norris Design; Peach Properties; Fenton Investments; Providence Corporation; AAA Landscape; John Wesley Miller; AZ Autoparks; Skrappys; Cox Communications; Santa Teresa Tile Works; Dunn Edwards; Ben’s Bells; BICAS; Borealis Arts; Borderlands Brewery; Citizens Artists Collective; Dinnerware Art Space; Mat Bevel Institute; Sculpture Resource Center; Siobhan Clothing; Space One; Toole Shed Art Studio; Poster Mirto Frost; Civano Nursery; Tucson Clean and Beautiful; Trees for Tucson; Tucson Art Brigade; Department of Transportation; Correctional Worker Program.)


The Blue Moon Community Garden was designed to be Tucson's first fully accessible community garden. The barrier-free, environmentally sustainable design includes 36 garden beds, 24 of which are raised to accommodate gardeners in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

(COLLABORATORS: City of Tucson Housing and Community Development; Tucson House Volunteer Garden Committee; Community Gardens of Tucson; Drachman Institute, University of Arizona; Norris Design; M. Anderson Construction; Pima County Communities Putting Prevention to Work Program; School of Landscape Architecture and Planning, University of Arizona; Tucson Water; Tucson Community Food Bank; Center for Independence; Blue Moon Neighborhood Association; Ward 3 City Council and Neighborhood Alliance; Sundt Construction.)


Tucson Medical Center’s (TMC) $110 million Phase 2 includes the TMC Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower at the hospital’s west end. The 200,000-square-foot, four-story building will house new clinics, private rooms and high-tech surgical suites, supporting an orthopaedic center of excellence run by TMC and the independent Tucson Orthopaedic Institute.

(COLLABORATORS: Tucson Medical Center; TMC Foundation; TMC Community Stakeholders and Neighborhood Groups; TMC Architectural Review Board; City of Tucson; Tucson Orthopedics Institute; Hill International; JE Dunn; Barker Morrissey; DLR; Hobbs + Black; Norris Design; RBF; TME; Kimley Horn; Borderland; several contractors.)


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