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New Welcome Center Updates

October 2, 2009

Over the last two weeks there has been more work done on excavating the building site and actually starting to lay the foundation for the building.

Work was also done to tie in utility lines.

Here are a few overview shots of the site:

September 25, 2009

It has been a busy few weeks of construction here at Plantations.  The new parking lot was laid out and the foundation work for it started, the bioswale was excavated and most exciting of all - excavation for the Nevin Welcome Center started.

To achieve energy savings in the Welcome Center, the building will be partially bermed into Comstock Knoll.  The berming will help regulate interior temperatures.

Building excavation

Bioswale excavation

Parking lot development

September 10, 2009

More earth moving going on this week, preparing for the new parking area and bioswale.

September 4, 2009

The bulldozers have arrived and have started excavating the site for the new parking area, bioswale, and building.

August 28, 2009


This week the new temporary driveway went in.

This new driveway runs along the West side of the Winter Garden into the existing parking lot and is accessible from Plantations Road. 

August 25, 2009

This week the construction fence finished going up. While the botanic garden main entrance driveway is still open, we expect the new temporary drive to go in later this week.

August 20, 2009

Today the fence surrounding the construction zone starting going up.

August 19, 2009

Here are a few before images of the site to give you a sense of our blank slate.

Looking at the site from the Mullestein Winter Garden.

Looking at the site from the Pounder Heritage Vegetable Garden.

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