Arizona APA Awards

Norris Design was recognized with an American Planning Association, Arizona Chapter 2020 Master Plan Award. The award recognizes a project that typically includes an original solution to a local, regional, or national concern or unique problem and also includes an implementation plan. We are honored to receive this recognition for our work. We’d like to express gratitude to our clients, partners and collaborators in this effort: City of Phoenix Housing Department, Gorman & Company, Ayers Saint Gross, Arizona State University and Dibble Engineering.

The Edison Eastlake Community Master Plan represents an effort to facilitate the replacement of 577 existing, outdated, public housing units with over 1,000 new public housing and market-rate multifamily units located just east of downtown Phoenix. The unique master planning process included close collaboration with the master developer Gorman & Company, the City of Phoenix Housing Department (Phoenix Housing), multiple stakeholders and departments within the City of Phoenix, and a team from Arizona State University. The project site encompasses approximately 50 acres split between two development areas.

During the planning process, unique and innovative partnerships were formed with a variety of consultants, multiple stakeholders, and City departments to develop a thoughtful and successful plan that addresses many of the current issues facing the Edison Eastlake Community and its long-range goals. The partnership between Phoenix Housing and the project development team is unique for a development of this scale and mixed residential type. The team included a LEED® ND Consultant, whose expertise in sustainability practices led to the incorporation of universal design features, a pollution prevention plan and identification of a future LEED® certified residential building. The ASU Heat Mitigation Team located hot spots throughout the existing Edison Eastlake Community and contributed their knowledge and research to the design team. As a result of strong collaboration, a truly cohesive community plan emerged.