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Marshall Foundation’s Main Gate Square Wins Sonoran Institute Award

The Sonoran Institute has named seven design, development and building projects in Pima County as its 2008 Building from the Best award winners. The honors are presented biennially to celebrate and encourage projects that respect the natural environment and the character of the area’s communities. Superior living and working environments, efficient uses of resources, and preservation of the Sonoran Desert’s natural and cultural heritage are among qualities the award categories recognize.

Category winners represent a variety of business, public and private projects in Tucson and surrounding communities. “Building from the Best Awards salute innovative and responsible architects, builders, owners and developers who are making our community a better place to live,” said Luther Propst, executive director of the Sonoran Institute.

“The awards are intended to encourage a higher level of quality development by showcasing creative and inspirational projects.” This is the third presentation of Building from the Best awards since the program began as a joint venture between the Institute and the City of Tucson.

Since 1990, the nonprofit, Tucson-based Sonoran Institute has inspired and enabled community decisions and public policies that respect the land and people of western North America. The Institute helps communities conserve and restore natural and cultural assets and manage growth and change through collaboration, civil dialogue, sound information, and big-picture thinking.

Category: Mixed-use Development

Award Winning Project: Main Gate Square, Tucson, by Marshall Foundation

Award criteria: Two or more uses in a compact, connected development pattern
Provides (or fulfills) a variety of services (or needs) in proximity to each other
Creates an environment that focuses on the pedestrian.

Main Gate Square is an urban, pedestrian and bicycle friendly, mixed-use project that serves the University community and its customers, and also creates a unique experience for the surrounding historic neighborhoods and Pima County residents and visitors. Pedestrian traffic patterns developed on the west end of campus in the early 1900s were maintained and pedestrian traffic moving in all directions created multiple faces for retailing and a true urban landscape. Visit the site www.maingatesquare.com.


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