Atlanta Botanical Garden, The Hardin Visitors Center & Parking Deck
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The Hardin Visitors Center intensive greenroof at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on 9.22.10; Photo by Joseph VelazquezProject Name: Atlanta Botanical Garden, The Hardin Visitors Center & Parking Deck
Year: 2009
Owner: Atlanta Botanical Garden
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Building Type: Non-Profit
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 4500 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public
Submitted by: Ernie Higgins, ItSaul Natural

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Growing Media: ItSaul Natural
Plant Supplier: Saul Nurseries
General Contractor: Hardin Construction Company
Architect: Jova/Daniels/Busby
Project Manager: Silverman Construction Program Management
Landscape Architect: EDAW
Greenroof System: Garden Roof Assembly, American Hydrotech
Growing Media: Stalite PermaTill®
The Hardin Visitor Center; Photo Source: Atlanta Botanical GardenClose up of The Hardin Visitors Center intensive greenroof at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on 9.22.10; Photo by Joseph VelazquezA view of both the lower extensive greenroof and the upper intensive greenroof at The Hardin Center on 9.22.10; Photo by Joseph Velazquez
The mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden (ABG) is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment, composed of a number of smaller themed indoor and outdoor gardens. ABG boasts 30 lovely acres, plus an extensive greenroof and an intensive Garden Roof Assembly from American Hydrotech over the new 2-story Visitor Center and Parking Deck which meet grade on the upper level - plus a living wall from Tournesol Siteworks of flowering herbs in the Edible Garden and Outdoor Kitchen.

"Facing its neighbor for the first time, the Garden enjoys increased synergy with (adjacent) Piedmont Park. The Allen and Gail Hardin Visitor Center provides a beautiful new entry experience for visitors, just steps away from the SAGE Parking Facility. Built to the Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental design (LEED) specifications, this dramatic transparent structure filled with natural daylight is a lovely starting point for a visit.

"The atrium sparkles with the Nepenthes Chandelier, a work in glass by artist Dale Chihuly given in memory of Jeff Lewis. The Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Garden Theater shows videos and is also flexible meeting site. The expanded Garden Gift Shop offers an intriguing range of botanical and environmentally sustainable products," (ABG website, see below).
A winter view of the extensive greenroof at the Atlanta Botanical Garden Green Roof on January 31, 2013; Photo by Linda VelazquezA winter view of the intensive greenroof at the Atlanta Botanical Garden Green Roof on January 31, 2013; Photo by Linda Velazquez
"The Hardin Visitor Center provides a beautiful and easy new entry experience for visitors and increased synergy with Piedmont Park. The Visitor Center is a dramatic, transparent structure filled with natural light. The LEED-Gold certified design includes: insulated glass, wood certified to be from local sustainable sources, natural daylighting and a green roof overhead.

"Plantings covering nearly 50% of the Visitor Center roof area provide natural cooling, sound insulation, additional garden area for visitors and even new wildlife habitat. Five layers of materials provide waterproofing for the interior and growing medium lends support for the vegetation. Run off is elimated, as rainwater falling on the green roof is absorbed by the plants," (ABG website).

"Environmental sustainability was considered in every aspect of the project, from green roofs and a cistern to harvest storm water for irrigation and water features, to recycled granite curbs. Coordinating with an arborist, workers went to great lengths to prevent damage to trees, critical root zones and tree canopies," Hardin Construction Company Press Release, see below).

Additional thumbnail photos:

The Hardin Visitors Center extensive greenroof at the Atlanta Botanical Garden as seen from the second story Visitor Center on 9.22.10; Photo by Joseph VelazquezAtlanta Botanical Garden Green Roof Graphic from American Hydrotech; Photo by Joseph VelazquezThe Hardin Visitors Center intensive greenroof on January 31, 2013; Photo by Linda VelazquezWinter beauty at the Hardin Visitors Center intensive greenroof at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on January 31, 2013; Photo by Linda VelazquezJanuary 31, 2013; Photo by Linda Velazquez
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE Atlanta, GA; 30309; 404.876.5859. Visit their website and specifically the Hardin Visitor Center page. See their Edible Garden Green Wall project profile here. Read the March 2012 Atlanta Botanical Gardens - Sustainability Case Study by John McGee in International Journal of Facility Management and the 5.27.10 Hardin Construction Company Press Release. See some additional photos from Stalite/PermaTill.

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