Size: 19,000 square feet
Status: Completed 2004
Program: New construction of urban nature center incorporating extensive sustainable and green design techniques
Urban Ecology Center
The Urban Ecology Center is an accessible role model for other institutions seeking to incorporate sustainable principles into their own construction projects. It was completed on a scale and within a budget that can be achieved by using practical, repeatable design ideas and techniques.
One of the things that really works well with the new facility is its connection to the outdoors. From a social and programmatic view, the ability to connect to a variety of outdoor spaces is very important. Schoolchildren use the balconies, tower, roof garden, and other outdoor spaces for classes or spontaneous discussion, and many of the typical barriers to connecting with the outdoors have been greatly diminished.