Olbrich Home Rooted and Growing

Olbrich Gardens Expansion Project

Phase 1: Learning Center & Greenhouse

education center rendering

Rendering of the facade of the new learning center, located near the main entrance to the outdoor gardens

As part of Olbrich's Rooted & Growing Capital Campaign, the Gardens will soon undergo a major addition to facilities with the construction of the first dedicated education space in Olbrich's history, along with the construction of an all-new production greenhouse.

The new learning center will allow our wide variety of educational programming to better acommodate learners of all ages, interests, abilities, and backgrounds. The new greenhouse will be more space and energy efficient than the current structure, and will drastically increase our capacity for growing plant material for the gardens, for plant sales, and for special events.

The Olbrich Botanical Society and the City of Madison Parks Division (which jointly own and operate the Gardens) have partnered with Minneapolis architecture firm Meyer, Scherer, Rockcastle, Ltd. (MSR Design) to provide professional architectural/engineering design services for the project.

Estimated Project Timeline

Planning and Design: 2017
Construction Start Date: Estimated at this time to be mid to late 2018
Completion Date: Estimated at this time to be fall 2019
Public Works Contract: TBD

LEED Goals

The design goal is to achieve at least the minimum of LEED Silver, with a substantial focus on renewable energy use and energy saving features.

 

Public Meeting: Phase 1 Schematic design  (Oct. 18, 2017)

A public meeting was held in October of 2017 for MSR Design to present the detailed schematic design for the Phase 1 structures (Learning Center and Greenhouse) and for the public to provide input and ask questions of the architects. You can view the presentation from that meeting here:

Phase 1 Schematic Design Presentation  arrow

You can also learn more about the project and keep up to date on its status through the listing on the City of Madison Engineering website.

 

2013 Facilities Master Plan

In 2013, the public was invited to attend a series of community meetings to help inform the development of a master schematic plan for Olbrich Botanical Gardens’ public buildings. At the time, Olbrich worked with a different architectural firm, HGA Architects and Engineers of Milwaukee, to evaluate its building space needs.

Olbrich asked for input from neighbors, visitors, members, users, and other stakeholders. A series of five public meetings were held between January 15, 2013 and May 20, 2013, the records and results of which are posted below for reference.

 

Final Report

Final Report Part 1  arrow (Low-Res PDF)

Final Report Part 2   arrow (Low-Res PDF)

 

Public Stakeholder Meeting 5 (May 20, 2013)

Schematic Design: Final Design Presentation

To watch the fifth public stakeholder meeting (May 20), follow the link below to view it through City Channel.  Video of Public Stakeholder Meeting 5  arrow

Stakeholder Meeting 5 Presentation   arrow  (PDF)

Attendee Feedback and Comments  arrow  (PDF)

 

Public Stakeholder Meeting 4 (April 22, 2013)

Schematic Design: Evaluate & Refine Concepts

To watch the fourth public stakeholder meeting (April 22), follow the link below to view it through City Channel.  Video of Public Stakeholder Meeting 4   arrow

Stakeholder Meeting 4 Presentation   arrow  (PDF)

Stakeholder Meeting 4 Presentation- Low Res   arrow  (PDF)

Attendee Feedback and Comments  arrow  (PDF)

 

Public Stakeholder Meeting 3 (March 25, 2013)

Schematic Design: Initial Concepts

To watch the third public stakeholder meeting (March 25), follow the link below to view it through City Channel.  Video of Public Stakeholder Meeting 3   arrow

Stakeholder Meeting 3 Presentation   arrow  (PDF)

Attendee Feedback and Comments  arrow  (PDF)

 

Public Stakeholder Meeting 2 (February 21, 2013)

Programming and Planning Presentation

To watch the second public stakeholder meeting (February 21), follow the link below to view it through City Channel.  Video of Public Stakeholder Meeting 2  arrow

Stakeholder Meeting 2 Presentation   arrow  (PDF)

Sustainability Workshop & Feedback from Comment Cards  arrow  (PDF)

 

Public Stakeholder Meeting 1 (January 15, 2013)

Pre-Design: Evaluate & Refine Planning Concept

To watch the first public stakeholder meeting (January 15), follow the link below to view it through City Channel.  Video of Public Stakeholder Meeting 1  arrow

Stakeholder Meeting 1 Presentation   arrow  (PDF)

Attendee Feedback from Comment Cards  arrow  (PDF)

 

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719