University of Washington, Bothell
3,500 sf (includes 2,100 sf horticultural greenhouse)
Completed in 2013
The Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory at the University of Washington Bothell is located near the north entrance to the campus adjacent to the newly reclaimed 71-acre wetlands, which has become an environmental and educational resource for the campus. Hacker designed the 3,500 SF conservatory, which includes a 2,100 SF horticultural greenhouse for the research and display of ornamental and native plants, a botanical laboratory, and a classroom that serves science and environmental classes and special events.
The facility is designed to support research of native species and visits from the public and local school children, which includes a tour of the wetlands followed by an educational program about the importance of wetlands ecosystems and their role in our larger environment. The site will be developed with test gardens, a nursery, and area for cold frame plant propagation. A light-filled entrance loggia provides a place for receptions and for interpretative exhibits on the Green and Simonds family history, ornamental horticulture, wetlands restoration, and related research.