Art & Architecture
features many unique architecutral design and construction
elements, including a unique, hipped octagonal design
of the atrium roof. Also unique is the all-aluminum
structure integrated into the masonry design and construction.
will step into five different environmental control
zones capable of maintaining independent temperatures
and humidities for various plant collections or research.
One zone is specifically designed for horticultural
and botanical research with supplemental lighting
and maximized growing plant table area.
With 11,000 square feet of glass installed, The Conservatory
has an automatic shade system that can be controlled
based on time, temperature, or light influence. Local
artist John Maggard created the panels, The Thread of Life, a Botanical History, that adorn the
outside of the building.