Wister Education Center and Greenhouse
On Friday, November 6, 2009 the Wister Education Center and Greenhouse opened. Designed by Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd. of West Chester, PA, it is a GOLD -LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certificated facility which supports the programs of The Scott Arboretum.
“The building is a teaching tool as well as an enclosure,” said Dan Russoniello, AIA, LEED AP, a partner at Archer & Buchanan. “The Scott Arboretum is committed to sustainability and the organization sets a national example with this building.”
The 5,200-square foot structure provides a classroom for public educational activities, a greenhouse for cultivation and propagation, and support space for arboretum staff and volunteers. The building and site design have several innovative features, which will form the basis of a case study in sustainability. The building replaces a much smaller greenhouse that had become functionally obsolete after 25 years of use.