The new Paul Smith Children’s Village at the Botanic Gardens in Cheyenne, Wyoming is a wealth of environmental fun - a hands on and interactive place where learning about the environment is woven into every aspect of the garden. The community set off from the start to take a holistic approach to the project and succeeded by achieving a LEED Platinum certification. That was just the start though as this garden is about art, water, building, energy, community, history and learning how things grow. Come with us as we take a look!
All images from Cheyenne Botanical Gardens
With so many elements, the challenge beyond the sustainable design was to blend everything into a beautifully designed, cohesive plan using the concept of a village. Through play and adventure, this first of its kind children’s garden gives children hands-on experience to understand practical methods of sustainable living.
The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens achieved LEED Platinum certification for building reuse, construction waste recycling, solar energy, efficient lighting, water conservation and material use. “Cheyenne Botanic Garden’s LEED Platinum certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. Brian Dunbar, Director of the Institute for the Built Environment adds, “The Children’s Village is a model of regenerative, ‘living’ architecture – to transform a maintenance building and yard into a vibrant place that teaches children and families about water, plant life, solar and wind energy, recycling and reuse makes this an exemplary project for Cheyenne.”