Mercer Slough Environtmental Education Center

What Makes it Green? Awards, Unbuilt Category - AIA, Seattle Chapter, 2007, John H Stanford Education Achievement Award - Cascade Land Conservancy, 2007, Bronze Merit Award for Future Value to the Profession - American Consulting Engineers Council, 200

This Award-winning, LEED Gold certified facility invites the hands-on study of its rich surrounding ecosystem. Sited in the wetland’s dense forest, the Center’s series of structures and walkways rest on hundreds of four foot square footings atop underground pilings--lifting the campus into the tree canopy and allowing the forest floor environment to flow almost undisturbed far below. Other sustainable features include rain chains and gabion rock walls to disperse stormwater; living roofs; FSC certified lumber; and rapidly renewable, locally sourced materials.

Size:10,000 sf
Location:Bellevue WA
Contractor:Berschauer Phillips Construction Company
Architect:Jones & Jones Architects & Landscape Architects LTD
Owner(s):City of Bellevue Parks & Recreation and the Pacific Science Center
Cost:$8,539,031
Awards:LEED Gold Green Globe Award - King County, 2009 AIA Seattle Honor Award - AIA, Seattle Chapter, 2009 Green Building of America Award - NW Real Estate & Construction Review, 2009