The canals of Phoenix are public utilities providing essential water and irrigation. Once a site to be enjoyed, the Arizona Falls and their hydropower plant became removed from the community, surrounded with chain-link fencing. This project was part of the renovation the old hydropower plant by the local water and power company, the Salt River Project, as a commitment to green energy and as an educational tool. The Water Room was once the site of the generator for the power plant; it is now transformed into an outdoor public space of water sensations, sounds, and community energy. Water is diverted from the canal into a pair of waterfalls that frame the Water Room. During excavation, artifacts from the old power plant were discovered and left in place to reference the industrial history of this site. Set behind a curtain of water at the rear of the Room, the gears and pipes transform behind the falling water. The artists designed all elements of the site with a visual vocabulary of water. These designs include the powerhouse with power platform/dance floor; an outdoor classroom; drinking fountains; pedestrian walkway; bridge; shade structures; seating; and riparian plantings. The project brings into focus the role of water in the history of Phoenix and in the future of green-energy, exploring water as both a utilitarian commodity and as a beautiful transformative substance. Surrounded by desert, the site is a cooling oasis. Recipient of the 2006 Waterfront Center Honor Award of Excellence and a recipient of the 2003 Valley Forward Presidential Award.