The Horticulture Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum has earned LEED Platinum certification from the USGBC. The $13 million Horticulture Center is the second building in Pennsylvania to earn LEED Platinum certification for green building.
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“I have been anticipating this day for nearly 30 years. We are very grateful to all the many contributors to the Always Growing Campaign that made this project possible, led by Dodo Hamilton, The Haas Family, Ed Rendell, former Governor of The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and William Penn Foundation. A project like this happens only with the dedicated commitment of a huge team of individuals, planning and implementing the work. It is our hope that this exhibit of sustainability will be of special interest to all of our visitors, but especially to architects and planning design professionals,” said Paul Meyer, The F. Otto Haas Director of Morris Arboretum in a statement.
The Horticulture Center features several sustainable technologies including ground source heating, photovoltaic panels, natural ventilation, solar hot water heaters, storm water collection, rain gardens, green roofs on the garages and natural lighting.
The 20,840 square foot facility offers a flexible work space to those who work within it.
“Our favorite LEED credit is the Morris's purchase of ten years' worth of "green power," which ensures that the Horticulture Center will not have to draw on Pennsylvania’s coal-fired electricity grid for its operating needs,” said Jim Taylor, Associate Principal of Overland Partners.