SMU Bush Library Goes for Platinum


Yesterday, First Lady Laura Bush, architect Robert A. M. Stern, and landscape architect Matthew Urbanski unveiled the design of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas.  Located on the east side of SMU's campus, the design will complement the consistent Georgian architecture of the rest of the university.  And when complete, the $250 million building will be LEED Platinum certified.  


Green features of the George W. Bush Presidential Center include locally sourced materials, recycled materials, solar hot water panels, solar photovoltaics, native landscaping, minimal use of potable water for landscaping, and a green roof. 

Of course, the Center won't be the first presidential library with a green roof, or even the first to obtain LEED Platinum certification.  Mr. Clinton already took care of that.  But that's not to diminish what's planned here.  The Center will feature abundant natural light, while housing an Archive, a Museum, and a Policy Institute. 




Rendering credits: Michael McCann for Robert A. Stern Architects.

  • Sea Wolf

    What would be really green is if we didn’t feel the need to build an entire building for every president who leaves office.

  • Anonymous

    That’s the best they could do? Here is a far better design that more accurately highlights our 43rd president’s many great ‘achievements’ while providing fun fun fun for the whole family:


    • Anonymous

      That is fantastic! LMAO!

  • Anonymous

    They should put Bush’s Platinum library in Iraq.

  • Portland Condo Auctions

    He is a little late to the environmental bandwagon. GWB was the worst president EVER. -Tyler

  • Name

    G.W. also built a home in Texas that incorporated many ‘green’ initiatives. By the way, it is 1/5th the size of the mansion that Al Gore lives in and has about 1/7th the carbon footprint. Things that make you say hhhhmmmmmm?

    • Anonymous

      Yeaaa… That’s pretty dated info by now, here’s the update on that:

      “The now-former president Bush has moved into a new home in Preston Hollow, Texas, that is about 8,000 square feet – double the size of his Crawford ranch.

      Kreider also told us in an e-mail that the Gores have made several eco-friendly changes to their home, which is now LEED certified. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, this means that Gores’ home has earned credits in five categories: “sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.”


  • Anonymous

    Two Hundred and fidty million dollars ?!?!?!?………..for a library for that moron ?!?!?! disgusting

    • Patrick

      I am very interested in green technologies and doing what we can to make the world a better place. But must people here always have to be this disrespectful? You guys don’t do much of your cause by acting like a bunch of spoiled brats who sling idiotic insults about the previous president or conservatives. We are all Americans here.

      Make no mistake: we have seen a complete and utter lack of leadership and abject incompetence for the last year so be careful about throwing stones. We need a hell of a lot more than a group of people who blame everybody and everything except themselves. That is not leadership – that is stupidity. And it seems like far too many people here are just are piling on and are contributing to this kind of poisonous partisan atmosphere. Things are getting worse so wake up while there is something left to save.

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