Scott Hostetler and HZS Landscape Wins Three 2012 APLD Design Awards

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Scott Hostetler and HZS USA Landscape received the excellent news from The Association of Professional Landscape Designers that they were awarded three International Landscape Architecture 2012 Awards. Chengdu Jingli Master Garden of Chengdu, China received the Gold Award and Dalian Yida Fifth County Lot 5 and Dalian Yida Blue Bay Beach of Dalian, China have each been awarded Merit Awards. HZS Landscape received the most winning entries out of any firm worldwide and is the only firm with built projects in Asia recognized in this year's awards.

Gold Award for Chengdu Jingli

What an incredible honor to win three APLD awards for our China Projects. It is a proud day for our amazing design team here at HZS Landscape and we are overjoyed to be the most awarded landscape design firm worldwide for this year’s APLD competition.

The 2012 APLD International Landscape Awards Competition of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers received the most entries ever in its history and Scott Hostetler and the HZS design team are pleased to have received the most landscape architectural design honors of any firm worldwide and Asia's only winning entries. The HZS Landscape built works were recognized for their sustainable landscape architecture design excellence by an elite judging panel comprised of well known experts in the field, namely: Robin Templar Williams, APLD, FSGD; Helen Billetop, FSGD; Sara Kinbar (former editor of Garden Design magazine); Eric Liskey (Deputy Editor, Better Homes & Gardens magazine); Natalie Warady (Style + Markets Director, Country Living magazine); and Rosalind Reed, FAPLD. More information can be found in the July issue of Design Online, http://apld.org/_media/Design%20Online/0712_DesignOnline_FINAL.pdf APLD’s monthly publication.

Gold Award - Chengdu Jingli Master Garden
A bioretention lagoon system was incorporated into the design within the heart of this luxury residential resort community to aid in filtering nonpoint pollution and reducing and directing stormwater runoff towards strategically located rain gardens. Hostetler’s Design seamlessly interconnects the adjacent Mt. Qingcheng China World Heritage National Forest and Nature preserve with a long history and where Taoism was founded on one side of the property along with the Dujiangyan Nature Preserve on the other side. The spa-like landscape acts as a flood protection buffer between, mountain, river and nature preserves as the extensive lagoon and rain garden system design and educational nature trails within the resort community seamlessly connect this luxury living residential eco-community’s residents with its natural paradise.

Merit Award - Dalian Yida Fifth County Lot 5
Located close to the Dalian Airport area, this community was built on formerly polluted industrial land with petroleum contaminated soils. A memorable and diverse woodland roof garden landscape with strong ecologic aesthetic was built along with a three dimensional natural landform over parking garages. Mature trees of diverse heights along with native plant species were aesthetically placed and created to appear as a majestic multi-layered and diverse forested roof garden. Vegetated drainageways direct stormwater runoff towards strategically located rain gardens. Roof Garden fountains use rain water within large glass bottom basins that emit natural light and elegant water movement patterns to the car parking area built under the residential community.

Merit Award - Dalian Yida Blue Bay Beach
The community’s lagoon landscape blends seamlessly with Lvshun National Forest and Ecological Preserve and Ta He Bay. The former site polluted the adjacent bay with storm water runoff. A landscape for residents to enjoy year round with a regenerative design strategy transformed the site into a diverse landscape ecological system that employed multiple sustainable strategies including innovative urban stormwater management through beautifully designed bio-retention lagoons that serve as an ecological purification system.

The fall 2012 issue of The Designer magazine will feature photos and more detailed descriptions of Scott Hostetler and HZS Landscapes’ three winning projects above. "What an incredible honor to win three APLD awards for our China Projects. It is a proud day for our amazing design team here at HZS Landscape and we are overjoyed to be the most awarded landscape design firm worldwide for this year’s APLD competition" said Scott Hostetler, Chief Designer, President and CEO. He looks forward to receiving the award in person on behalf of his design team at the upcoming APLD International Design Conference in San Francisco this September.

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