This brownfield development is a landmark project for sustainability aiming to invoke the curiosity of generations to come. It has attained LEED Gold Certification by the US Green Building Council. Artful, abstract geometry delineates bioenergy garden plots utilized by researchers to make projections about greenhouse gas emissions and biomass yield. Flexible spaces allow a wide range of activities including outdoor discussions and demonstrations.
Located at the intersection of two busy campus thoroughfares, the site integrates ample bicycle parking and a sheltered bus stop to accommodate those seeking to travel by alternative methods. Bioretention areas decrease the quantity and improve the quality of storm water run-off. A lush assortment of sedges, fescues, and tall-grass prairie species restore native wildlife habitat to the site.
The Wisconsin Energy Institute has received several awards including “Project of the Year” and “Best Green-Built Project” for New Development by Madison’s InBusiness Magazine Commercial Design Awards, and a feature as the cover of the Design Awards issue. The Wisconsin Green Building Association has awarded the project the Certificate of Merit for Sustainability and Energy Efficiency.