In 2001, CDF was selected to develop the Nature Museum campus master plan to demonstrate the integration of nature, sustainable design, and education. The master plan included a butterfly garden, an outdoor classroom, a children's garden, several native landscape types, innovative stormwater management approaches including bioswales and rainwater recirculation, and interpretive signage. The 2,400 square foot green roof demonstrates green roof technology that features wetland, extensive, semi-intensive, and intensive systems. A limestone wall allows water from the upper green roof to trickle down the facade, irrigate the bluff vegetation, and flow into a wetland garden, where it overflows into an underground cistern. The captured water is recirculated and reused throughout the museum landscape.
location: Chicago, Illinois
client: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
completion: Master Plan 2005; Green roof 2002
award: Green Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Green Roof Award of Excellence, 2003
Native Landscape Systems
Water Collection + Reuse
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