Missouri Botanical Garden unveils plans for new visitor centre

WCN Editorial Team 23 Oct 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

The Missouri Botanical Garden has unveiled plans for the construction of the $92m Jack C Taylor Visitor Center in Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis, US.

The new visitor centre is expected to enhance the guest experience of nearly one million visitors yearly and also contribute to the revitalisation of St Louis.

The new visitor centre is expected to have iconic locations, new gardens and fountains. It will also feature a year-round conservatory, space for meetings and events, separate area for private events and conferences, as well as streamlined ticketing.

The entrance of the visitor centre will offer more accessibility, with benches for gathering and resting, wide pathways and drop-off areas.

Architect Ayers Saint Gross and landscape architect Michael Vergason have partnered with St Louis-based construction manager Alberici on the project, in coordination with local engineers and consultants.

Missouri Botanical Garden president Peter Wyse Jackson said: “As a global leader in plant science, and as an important cultural institution, we must raise our physical visibility with a face that matches what is inside the Garden, and improves understanding of our mission, research and impact.

“This will create a new treasure for St. Louis and further build the region’s reputation as a hub of research and innovation.”

The current visitor centre, which was built in 1982 to accommodate 250,000 visitors annually, now greets nearly one million guests each year.

Construction on the privately funded project is scheduled to begin in January 2020 and is expected to be completed in 2022.

Jackson added: “We are fortunate to be a part of the St. Louis community whose generosity enabled this project to be privately funded with no taxpayer money.

“The support of our donors will help enhance our members’ experiences and usher in new generations of people to experience the joy and beauty of our amazing planet.”

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Image: Rendering of the Jack C Taylor Visitor Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Photo: courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden/PR Newswire.

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