THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

Wister Education Center and Greenhouse

Overview
Project Costs
LEED Certification

Overview

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.

 

Learn more about the LEED certification efforts for the Wister Center:

What is LEED Certification?

Working with LEED Accredited Professionals

Fly Ash Concrete

Controlling Storm Water Runoff

Green Building of America Award

Trash

Metasequoia Shingles

Lights

Innovation

FSC Wood

Wister Center Awarded Gold LEED Certification