Pritzlaff Conservation Center – Green Commercial Building Award
Designed to nestle into Mission Canyon and the campus of Santa Barbara’s award-winning and remarkable native Botanic Garden, the Pritzlaff Conservation Center overlooks the city, Pacific Ocean, and the Channel Islands National Park. The building was constructed to a scale and with a native plant color palette, which blends with both the immediate proximity of the site and the extended canyon. Water harvesting on-site and low-water landscaping provide educational opportunities in harmony with the numerous LEED green features that make this an award-winning example of all things green within the structure and the exterior spaces that open the door to public access. The Conservation Center offers lab space, including a molecular genetics lab; workspace for conservation research technicians and interns; space for community meetings, classes, lectures, and exhibits; and a viewing window to watch scientists at work. Central to the conservation component, in the basement is the institution’s seed bank with cryogenic storage to preserve species against extinction and a state of the art air sealed, fireproof herbarium. Rare and endangered native plants surround the building in the Conservation Garden while the Island View Garden provides a stunning view of the Channel Islands.
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Steve Windhager, Exec. Director
Doug Singletary, AIA, Singletary Design
Paul Wieckowski, Frank Schipper Construction
Vern Williams, P.E., Flowers & Associates, Inc.
Alan Noelle, Alan Noelle Engineering
Betsy Collins, SB Botanic Garden
Tiffany Beamer, ASLA, Olin Studio
Tom Hughes, Mechanical Engineering Consultants
Gelaré Macon, AICP, LEED AP BD+C, Flowers & Associates, Inc.
John Spiess, SE, Ehlen Spiess & Haight