A 11,500 square foot building designed by architect Doug Singletary housing the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Conservation and Research, Herbarium, Seed Bank and administrative staff. More than 20% of materials are regional and have recycled content including rock for walls and garden beds sourced on site by either salvaging from structures that had burned down in the Jesusita Fire in 2009 or unearthed while installing water and sewer lines. No wood is used in the entire building.
Three underground cisterns collect 45,000 gallons of storm water runoff from the building and parking lot for irrigation. Water is funneled through a bioswale to remove dirt, debris, and chemical residues before it is stored.
Solar panels cover the rooftop and second floor patio, providing at least 70% of the power needed for the building.
Flowers & Associates, Inc. provided the planning, design, detailing and specifications for the construction of the site improvements. We also provided project administrator services for the LEED Certification of the Pritzlaff Conservation Center.