New Botanical Gardens Visitor Center
Pursuing LEED Gold
IMEG is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and technology engineering for the new Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. The $92 million facility will feature rare plants from around the world, an event space that can hold up to 450 people, a gift shop, meeting spaces, restaurant with garden views, an auditorium, and conservatory with Mediterranean plants.
IMEG worked collaboratively with the entire project team to evaluate various energy and water saving features which will be integrated into the overall building design. Sustainable design features include a 50,000-gallon rainwater collection cistern which will provide water to plants in the conservatory and green houses, high-efficiency HVAC system with energy recovery wheels on the outside of the AHUs, optimized building envelope for energy efficiency and daylighting, and accommodations for future photovoltaic solar panels on the roof.
Construction of the visitor center will be done in phases so the Garden can remain open to visitors. Construction will begin in January 2020 and is expected to be completed in 2022.