The Queens Botanical Garden Visitor and Administration Center in New York.

Queens Botanical Garden Visitor and Administration Center



We provided structural and civil engineering for a new two-story, 15,000-square-foot visitor and administration building, horticulture and maintenance facility. Transportation’s civil engineering services included site layout, circulation plan, materials, paving, grading, and storm drainage. The LEED Platinum project was an original participant in the NYCDDC’s High Performance Building initiative and part of the Garden’s master plan. It received green design awards from the NYC and US Environmental Protection Agencies and a Cultural Honor Award from AIA New York. The building has a large canopied multi-functional forecourt leading to a green-roofed public auditorium. The sloping auditorium roof, which serves as a ramp to the second story, has a planted surface that provides thermal insulation and acts as an acoustic buffer.

The elongated administrative wing fosters daylighting and cross-ventilation. Its roof surface of photovoltaic cells collects solar energy, offsetting some of the building’s energy use.

The landscaping design features rainwater collection, a cleansing biotope (system of water-purifying plants), and a constructed wetland. Bioswales throughout the site, together with the roofs and landscaping, constitute the stormwater management system. Parking surfaces are of permeable materials for direct infiltration of rainwater.

LEED Platinum, green roof
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