The largest glass-house conservatory in the state, the Frederik Meijer Gardens sits on a 70-acre site off the East Beltline in Grand Rapids that was once open farmland. Much of the land has been left in its natural state; barrier free nature trails provide access to surrounding land.
A 15,800 square foot conservatory has created a miniature tropical rainforest where plants from around the world grow in a controlled climate.
Size: Administration/Classrooms 22,400 sf Conservatory 15,800 sf Conservatory Support 12,660 sf Basement/Mechanical 8,740 sf
Schedule: August 1993 - May 1995
- Five-story-high, glass-enclosed conservatory with a 14-foot cascading waterfall and 16,000 exotic plants.
- Concrete "trees", 22 feet high, weighing over 11 tons each, which support the roof over the gallery and lobby areas.
- A sophisticated computerized system for temperature and moisture control; automatically operates vents, shade curtains and a high-pressure mist system in the conservatory.
- Parking area for 5 buses and 127 cars.
- Conservatory structural system is hot-dipped galvanized steel vertical and horizontal trusses, supporting and aluminum curtain wall with 1" clear insulated vertical glazing and 1/2" annealed sloped safety glazing.
- Exterior materials include dolomitic limestone and face brick.
- Title: The frederik meijer gardens conservatory
- Location: Grand rapids, michigan
- Postal code: 49525
- Phase: Complete
- Budget: $8.7 million
- Size: 59,600 s.f.