Plans for the Green George W. Bush Presidential Center Released

by , 11/19/09

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All U.S. Presidents get a center named after them upon completion of their term in the White House, and George W. is no exception. Plans for his presidential center were just revealed, and considering how energy efficient his ranch in Crawford is, it really should come as no surprise that the new center is chock full of green design elements. To be located on the edge of the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas, Texas, the George W. Bush Presidential Center will serve as a commemoration of all of his accomplishments [insert joke here].

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Designed by New York architect Robert A.M. Stern, the center is meant to blend in with the more traditional Georgian architecture of the SMU campus and at the same time be a more “abstract, 21st-century composition.” The building is clad in local Texas red brick and white limestone, and features a number of plazas, gardens, and ceremonial rooms. Estimated to cost $250 million, the center will also house a library, archives, policy institute, gift shops and cafes. As to the architecture and design, one reporter for the Dallas Morning News is not particularly impressed, and says the building seems “muddled and unresolved” and compared to some of the other Presidential Centers, “the message of the Bush Center is a bit squishy.”

Regardless of the architecture, we’re pleased to report that the building is aiming for LEED Platinum certification and is expected to open in 2013. The center will be very energy efficient and feature green roofs, photovoltaic panels, and extensive use of recycled materials throughout. Additionally, a large garden, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, on the campus will be full of drought-tolerant native grasses, plants and wildflowers which will not be mowed, and water runoff will be harvested for irrigation purposes. The garden will also serve as a test bed for drought-tolerant turf grasses for Texas.

+ Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Via World Architecture News and The Dallas Morning News

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  1. DH November 25, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    That ArchiTakes post on Stern is really damning:
    As it points out, he’s designing a development of 15,000 square foot tract mansions and letting the developer use his position as Yale’s Dean of Architecture to sell the monstrosities. It’s impossible to think of another high profile architect who’s so unprincipled.

  2. LIK November 24, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Stern is one of the least sustainable architects going. Images for the Bush Library were first broken over a month ago at as part of a great expose of Stern

  3. Hugh Jorgan November 20, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Wait, that’s the best they could do?!!

    Here is a far better design that more accurately highlights the many great ‘achievements’ of our nations most unique president, while providing fun fun fun for the whole family!


    Now where would YOU rather go?

  4. dbneeley November 20, 2009 at 1:20 am

    I wonder why it seems so acceptable in much of our society to be snarky in every mention of President Bush?

    As for his “accomplishments”–perhaps you haven’t noticed, but 9/11 has not been repeated despite numerous efforts to do so?

    So far as I know, President Bush is also the only President who has incorporated sustainable architecture in his own life–helping make the idea acceptable to many who might not have thought of it but for his example.

    It would be nice if, for once, members of the press could give the man credit where credit is due without the sarcasm…it was out of place in this story, IMHO.

  5. Marilyn P November 19, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I want to thank you, Mr. President for keeping us “safe” p 9/11. I am tired of people critizing and condemming you. I am so appreciative of your eight years in the White House, along with your family especially the dignity of one of our best first ladies–Mrs. Laura Bush. I voted for John McCain and have followed politics and history since the late 60’s and never seen such a terrifying Occupant in the Oval Office as we do now. Mr. President we and the country need your prayers. Congratulations on your new Center–I’ve been to presidents(Reagan, Nixon, Lincoln, Eisenhower,Truman Lincoln & JFK) Libraries. And the area of Quincy near Boston that celebrates the 2 Adams including the CHURCH OF THE PRESIDENTS where John, Abigail,John Quincy & Louisa Adams are interred beneath the sanctuary. God Bless You, Mr. Bush and your father and mother–how I wish Jeb was in the WH. I’ve quit watching press conferences and speeches–unheralded for me a “junkie.”

  6. sspray November 19, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    For all you hateful liberals posting above, the former Presiden’t ranch is also very environmentally friendly. Do you actually have examples where he was harmful to the environment? History will be kinder to Mr. Bush than you could ever guess.

  7. dim November 19, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    now that I think about it…. I seem to remember hearing, when Clinton was doing his library, that congress passed a resolution that Presidential libraries had to be done to the highest envirnmental standards.
    so George may have had no choice but to go Platnum.
    Am I remembering correctly? does anyone else remember this?
    I did a quick google search and came up empty so I may be completely off base.

  8. Bridgette Meinhold November 19, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I’m of the opinion that W probably had nothing to do with the design. This library brings to mind Zoolander and his Derek Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can’t Read Good. “How can we expect children to learn how to read, when they can’t even fit inside the building?”

  9. Yuka Yoneda November 19, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    We’re going to have to agree with your there dim. Hence the facetious nature of the first paragraph.

  10. dim November 19, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    What a joke.
    this is the President that fought everything envirnmental and now he wants us to believe that he cares?
    talk about hypocrycy.
    it’s nice to have another LEED Platnum but it would have been so much better if he had done anything while in office.
    I think this is a pathetic attempt to rewrite history and make people forget about how little he did.

  11. buddycurry November 19, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I look forward to tossing a pair of old shoes in the front yard of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Old tossed-in shoes might start stacking up like bales of hay.

  12. alexjameslowe November 19, 2009 at 11:30 am

    At least he got this presidential center right…

  13. the Canadian November 19, 2009 at 11:14 am

    They should find a more fitting ‘centre’ named after Junior, like a prison or…

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