What does Rio Salado College have in common with the Apple iPhone, WiiFit and the Obama Campaign? It recently won a Gold Edison Award.
On April 1, Rio Salado College, 2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, was awarded the top honors in the Living and Working Environments category during the prestigious 2009 Edison Best New Product Awards. The college was honored for the innovative workspace design and furniture arrangements at its newly renovated administrative headquarters. The space, which is designed to bring Rio’s faculty and administrators together, allows a wide range of groupings for interactive gatherings for anywhere from two to 200 people, and encourages and supports brainstorming, peer critiques, and the free exchange of ideas.
“We often overlook academia as a place where innovation needs to be nurtured,” said Sarah Miller Caldicott, great grandniece of Thomas Edison and chairperson of the Edison Awards Steering Committee. “Rio Salado's innovative renovation of this centrally-located workspace has enabled faculty and staff alike to benefit. It is my hope that more educational institutions will follow the strong example Rio Salado College has set. The college has established an excellent benchmark for what will be necessary for nominees to compete effectively in future years.”
The Edison Awards were established in 1987 and have honored some of the mostinnovative companies, business leaders and products in corporate America. Other 2009 Gold Edison Award winners include: WiiFit, Apple iPhone, MacBook Air, the Obama Campaign, Omnipod, Tide to Go, NogginLabs, Trek Madone 5.2, and Bixi – Montreal Bike System.