Because of its direct proximity to the Bay, the Museum was built on stilts 10 feet above minimum flood and hurricane storm surge requirements, allowing the parking garage to be placed below the museum. This arrangement facilitated an unprecedented design that integrates parking and planting beds with
irrigation system water and temporary storm surge storage, stormwater infiltration, and aquifer recharge. The innovative porous-floored parking garage, gravel paths and native plant rain gardens are designed to
capture and funnel rain water into the ground. This reduces local flooding and storm water runoff into the Bay, and caused a reduction of expenditures on stormwater infrastructure.
The project scope involved designing the horizontal landscape and green infrastructure on approximately 4.5 acres, including at the underground parking garage, deck and surrounding plantings, and assisting on
the implementation of 80 planted, hanging columns, which were designed by a plant artist. An extensive, primarily native subtropical plant palette is designed to adjust to exceptionally harsh conditions and extend native habitat along the Bay.
Collaborative efforts by the design and construction teams, and careful attention to detail allow the multitude of sustainable layers to work in concert. The project earned LEED Gold Certification, with the landscape contributing significantly to that designation.
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