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Indian Springs Metropolitan Authority, James Clarkson Environmental Discovery Center

White Lake, Michigan
SmithGroup

Completion Date: May 2006

Owner: Huron Clinton Metropolitan Authority

Indian Springs Metropolitan Authority, James Clarkson Environmental Discovery Center
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SmithGroup Team
Photo courtesy of SmithGroup
Shultis, Kevin, Urbanek, Paul, Wolf, Tony (top left to right); Kistler, David, Abbas, Lokman, Gerwing, Jeff (bottom left to right)

Program: An 18,000-square-foot discovery center set on 70 acres

Design concept and solution: The design of the James Clarkson Environmental Discovery Center was the result of collaboration with landscape architects, scientists, engineers, educators, and architects. Set upon a 70-acre site, visitors can explore rehabilitated wetlands, prairies, and forest ecosystems. The copper-roofed visitors center appears to be an extension of the landscape. The glass facade rear of the building offers views of the lake, restored prairies, and meadows beyond.

Gross square footage:
18,000 sq. ft.

Site size:
70 acre

Total construction cost:
$5,000,000

Architect:
SmithGroup
500 Griswold, Suite 1700
Detroit, MI  48226
T:  (313) 983-3600
F:  (313) 983-3636

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