UNC Chapel Hill

NC Botanical Garden Visitor Education Center

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Chapel Hill, NC

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31,000 SF


Frank Harmon Architect, PA

The Botanical Garden Visitor Education Center was constructed to provide a facility for education and conservation of nature, as well as to demonstrate the relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces through sustainable design. Features include geothermal HVAC systems, a photovoltaic array, permeable parking lot pavers, and bio retention basins.

This facility was the first LEED™ Platinum NC building, public museum, and outreach center and on a UNC campus.

Covered breezeways connect each of the 3 buildings and house an auditorium, a seminar room, classrooms, meeting, administration, and event spaces, while centered around a world-class garden.

Museums and Religious

  • All Saints Anglican Church

  • North Carolina Museum Of Life And Science

  • Tabernacle Baptist Church

  • Greensboro Science Center

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Reynolda Presbyterian Church

  • American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame