As if on schedule for this spring warmth, the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe recently broke ground on its new, $26 million Regenstein Foundation Learning Campus, the Chicago Architecture Blog reports. The seven-acre learning campus includes a 1.5-acre learning garden as well as a new, 25,000-square-foot education center, designed by Booth Hansen.
With sustainability input from the Rocky Mountain Institute, the education center expects LEED Platinum certification—the highest sustainability rating conferred by the US Green Building Council—based on its use of recycled and low-emission materials, solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and other sustainability strategies, all of which will be tracked in real-time. Landscape design for the center is being developed and adapted by Mikyoung Kim along with Jacob/Ryan Associates, and the campus is expected to be open by summer 2016. Meanwhile, the remaining 385 acres of the botanic gardens are green, blooming, and open for business.
·Chicago Botanic Garden Breaks Ground On New $26 Million Campus [Chicago Architecture Blog]
·The Regenstein Foundation Learning Campus [Chicago Botanic Garden]