ENR Southwest/Mountain States Awards — 2019 Best Projects

Posted on November 21, 2019

Engineering News Record (ENR)’s annual awards program is dedicated to honoring the best construction projects in several U.S. regions, along with the companies that designed and built them. Norris Design is honored to have contributed to the following 2019 ENR award-winning projects in the Southwest and Mountain States regions.



SUPIMA Headquarters, Tempe, Arizona
Best Small Project – ENR Southwest

Named after a blending of the words “superior” and “pima,” Supima is the nonprofit trade association that has represented cotton farms and monitored distribution of the high-quality, extra-long staple cotton since 1954. The 20,000 sf Supima headquarters pairs complementary two-story buildings connected by landscaped courtyards and a second-floor bridge.

Norris Design chose unique features for the site and courtyard area that support Supima’s historic mission and provide space for entertaining guests and clients. A white paver entry trails to white rock used throughout the landscape area. Cotton gin planters hold native plants and a historic canal irrigation valve box serves as a primary water feature. Read more on ENR’s website here.



Banner University Medical Center Tucson – North Campus Outpatient Center, Tucson, Arizona
Award of Merit | HealthCare – ENR Southwest

Banner University Medical Center Tucson’s outpatient health campus combines various outpatient facilities into one centrally located building for better access to medical care. The facility combines numerous specialty clinics — cardiovascular, neuroscience, dermatology, imaging and radiation oncology.

A landscaped healing garden creates a calming experience for patients and their families. The parking structure’s spandrel panels were detailed with undulating recesses for a natural shadowing effect that stretches across the healing garden, which is part of an existing cancer treatment center. Crews also relocated 50 native plants to the new facility. Read more on ENR’s website here.



City of Thornton Fossil Ridge Public Safety Center, Thornton, Colorado
Award of Merit | Government/Public Building – ENR Mountain States

The City of Thornton built a single-story public safety center to house both its fire and police departments, with components tailored to each group’s specific needs. The overall site landscape design blends architectural influence and site programming needs. Norris Design selected a heavy native plant palette with emphasis on ornamental grasses and native seed, which will require less water and maintenance than a traditional sod lawn. Block seating faces flagpoles at the building’s south façade, and an outdoor patio with tables and a grill provide staff a place to eat and relax.

One month into construction, crews unearthed what turned out to be the most complete and preserved torosaurus fossils on record, a discovery that brought with it lots of media attention. The majority of the remains were donated to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Some of the bones are displayed inside the safety center’s front lobby. Read more on ENR’s website here.



Mt. Werner Circle/Ski Time Square Drive Roundabout, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Award of Merit | Small Project (Under $10 million) – ENR Mountain States

Located at the base of the Steamboat ski area, the busy intersection of Mt. Werner Circle and Ski Time Square Drive experiences significant traffic backups at the end of the ski day. The new 120-foot diameter roundabout smooths the flow of traffic and improves safety for pedestrians. It also makes it easier for hotel shuttles and city buses to leave the Gondola Transit Center.

Norris Design was involved from conceptual design through construction. The roundabout design includes elements from the resort’s existing streetscape character while creating an updated, fresh aesthetic that links old and new. Read more on ENR’s website here.