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Queens Botanical Garden Visitor & Administration Center, Partner-in-Charge, Opened.
The Queens Botanical Garden is a nexus of botanical and cultural exploration for the most ethnically diverse neighborhood in the United States – Flushing, Queens. The new Visitor & Administration Center is a built extension of the Garden’s mission: to demonstrate environmental stewardship while celebrating the cultural connections between people and plants. To that end, the Center is LEED® Platinum certified, a first for a public building in New York City. From the inception of the project, principles of sustainability led the design process. Water, a natural element significant to all cultures, is re-introduced throughout the site, unifying building and landscape.
The Center is composed of three interconnected spaces: a 10,000 sf forecourt covered by a floating zinc-clad roof canopy, a 15,800 sf/2-story central reception and administration building, and a board-formed concrete clad auditorium space tucked into the landscape itself, sheltered by a 4,000 sf semi-intensive sloping green roof, blurring the distinction between architecture and landscape. Additional sustainable elements include solar panels, a geothermal system, graywater and stormwater management systems and extensive use of recycled and renewable materials.
Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, "Joan Krevlin, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C / Master of Architecture, 1978" (2014). Women in the Design World: Work in Progress. 8.