ASIC names 2017 Irrigation Award winners


The American Society of Irrigation Consultants (ASIC) presented the  2017 Excellence in Irrigation awards to honorees at the ASIC National Conference in Seattle in April.

The Excellence in Irrigation program celebrates the innovative solutions and technical skills required of irrigation design professionals to meet the challenges of designing efficient and effective irrigation in a wide variety of circumstances. Challenges must be unique and the solutions must successfully address the distinctive climatic, structural, agronomic and system operational needs of each project.

Eleven projects were recieved special acknowledgement from the association as examples of unique or outstanding irrigation design challenges and solutions. The submittals were independently judged by a panel comprised of an academic team from Cal Poly Pomona and Kansas State University and peer review. For more details on each of the projects, check out the Excellence in Irrigation website.

Honor Awards were given as outstanding examples of unique problem solving and forward-thinking water resource management solutions. The following companies and individuals were honored as this year’s award winners:

  • Commercial and Public Works Honor Award
    • Gawler Water Reuse Scheme, Adelaide, AustraliaJohn Gransbury, Hydroplan, Consultant
    • George W. Bush Residential Center, Dallas—Jeffrey Bruce, Jeffrey L. Bruce, Consultant
    • Navy Pier, Phase I, Chicago—Jeffrey Bruce, Jeffrey L. Bruce, Consultant
  • Golf Course Honor Award
    • Rolling Hills Golf Course, Tempe, Ariz.Douglas Macdonald, Aqua Engineering, Inc., Consultant
  • Parks and Recreation/Sports Fields Honor Award
    • Copper Sky Regional Park, Maricopa, Ariz.Douglas Macdonald, Aqua Engineering, Inc., Consultant
    • Sendero Field, Rancho Mission Viejo, Calif.Garry Collins, Water Concern, LTD., Consultant
  • Planning and Analysis Honor Award winner:
    • Rancho Mission Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo, Calif.Steven Hohl, Water Concern, LTD., Consultant

Merit Awards are given to projects that are worthy of recognition and represent solid and well thought out solutions to irrigation and water resource management challenges. Those winners are as follows:

  • Commercial and Public Works Merit Award
    • Santa Clara Square, Phase 1, Santa Clara, Calif.Janet Luehrs, Brookwater, Inc., Consultant
  • Golf Course Merit Award
    • Tree Irrigation, Annenberg Retreat, Rancho Mirage, Calif.Jason Smith, Water Concern, LTD., Consultant
  • Residential, Larger than 1 Acre Merit Award
    • Edsel and Eleanor Ford Estate, St. Clair Shores, Mich.—Geoff Graber, Graber & Associates, LLC, Consultant
  • Research award winner
    • Deficit Irrigation Study, Pomona, Calif.Alan Moss, Water Concern, LTD., Consultant
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