US (FL): Net-positive energy” botanical garden completed

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US architecture studios Olin and Overland have completed the “world’s first net-positive energy” botanical garden in Florida, which is powered by a rooftop array of 2,158 solar panels.

The project is part of a three-year master plan led by Philadelphia-based landscape architecture studio Olin to expand the 15-acre Sarasota campus of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, an institution dedicated to the research and education of air plants and native plant species.

Completed earlier this year, Phase 1 of the master plan included the addition of three new structures to the campus as well infrastructural updates like a “major stormwater management system, recreational trail and improvements to surrounding roadways”.

Totalling 188,030 square feet (17,468 square metres) the new buildings, designed by Texas architecture firm Overland Partners, encompass a multi-use parking facility, a research centre, and a ticketing booth, which sit grouped together in a corner of the property.


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