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.