When Phipps Conservatory began planning a three-phrase, multi-year expansion at the turn of the new millennium, "green" building principles and practices had not yet reached broad public awareness. No model existed for how a major public garden could integrate sustainable building design, construction and operation into a long-range master plan.
Like many other gardens, Phipps was planning to update the visitor experience and support facilities in our 100+ year-old institution. Initially, the idea of going green was not part of the design. Inspiration to create one of the world's most energy efficient and sustainable conservatories came from the region's main "green building" pioneers and advocates.
Read more about how Phipps took the lead in this "green" revolution.