Natural Centerpiece

Sustainable design elements of the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City, Mo., include reclaimed brick walls and a rooftop solar array.

The center's main attraction is its Living Machine, showcased behind large-scale windows, which reclaims all wastewater from the building and treats it for reuse.

Plans for the Discovery Center also included planning for native landscaping so the team was prepared to manage what design team member Laura Lesniewski calls the site's "wild craziness."

Visitors arrive and park in lots surrounded by bioswales, then proceed to the center.

Six hands-on classrooms provide interactive educational opportunities for visitors of all ages.

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