A new greenhouse addition to an existing visitor center, Global Flora is Wellesley College’s first foray into the Living Building Challenge. Re:Vision is the LBC consultant to Kennedy & Violich Architecture for this exciting project. The team is targeting LBC Petal certification across three Petals: Water, Health & Happiness, and Beauty. Re:Vision consulted on which petals to pursue, as well as strategies for achieving those petals.
Global Flora is truly being designed as a living building. Not only will it consume net-zero water, but it will also house plant species from across the globe. An enclosed pavilion is designed to protect and to conserve a beloved Camilla tree, reinforcing it as a focal point in the open space surrounding the facility.
The visually-striking greenhouse is also home to a wide variety of sensors and data collection hubs. In pursuit of Imperative 20: Inspiration and Education, Global Flora will function as a research platform as students explore the interface of biology and the physical sciences.