Battelle Darby Creek Nature Center

Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks

Battelle Darby Creek Nature Center

Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks

Centerpiece for Ecological Education

Serves as an educational and interpretive nature center in which visitors can cultivate their knowledge of the park’s diverse ecosystems

At the heart of the building is a 53-feet long living stream, which reproduces the riparian habitats found within the park, and other interactive exhibits encouraging engagement by visitors with the natural world around them

The primary challenge faced by the design team was how to place a building in a unique and fragile natural setting

The building was carefully placed to stay out of the boundaries of the Darby Watershed Accord, which governs development adjacent to the Darby watershed

It employs the principles of climate-responsive design, including proper orientation, natural ventilation, a highly-insulated building envelope, and the use of geothermal ground-source heat pumps

A green roof planted with native vegetation integrates the building into the landscapes, and because of this, killdeer and other native birds have been observed nesting on the roof

Stormwater runoff from both building and site are channeled into a series of bioswales and wetlands planted with native species

The Nature Center is pursuing LEED Silver Certification

14,000 SF

Awards, accreditations, & recognition

Project Size 14 Thousand SF
Project Completion 2012
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