Lowe Park - Exterior

Marion Arts and Environmental Center at Lowe Park

Marion, IA

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Architecture Overview:

The eastern 40 acres of this 180-acre park have been transformed (as phase 1 of a multi-phase project) into a celebration garden, play spaces for children, and a community arts and environment center. The Arts and Environment Center will serve tourism purposes while also supporting both environmental and arts education. Lowe Park creates a building that is sympathetic to the environment with a level of sustainability that decreases, as much as possible, its dependency on electricity and natural gas. Corporate offices for the nonprofit organization Trees Forever are a part of the new center, which together with the surrounding parkland, is also used for the organization’s research and demonstration purposes. The Lowe Park Discovery Garden promotes a play experience that relies on natural elements including water, stone, native planting and unique play structures to create an environment that is unique in playground design.

Art Studio Overview:

One side of the building's exterior contains eleven panels of images representing Iowa landscape themes of woodland, wetland, and prairie.  On the opposite side of the building appear relief sculptures of native Iowa species as fossils embedded into the wall.  Sites were created in and around trails, and a child discovery garden, intended to accommodate an ever changing series of sculptures.

Engineering Overview:

Landscape Architecture Overview:

The eastern 40 acres of this 180-acre park have been transformed (as phase 1 of a multi-phase project) into a celebration garden, play spaces for children, and a community arts and environment center. The Arts and Environment Center will serve tourism purposes while also supporting both environmental and arts education. Lowe Park creates a building that is sympathetic to the environment with a level of sustainability that decreases, as much as possible, its dependency on electricity and natural gas. Corporate offices for the nonprofit organization Trees Forever are a part of the new center, which together with the surrounding parkland, is also used for the organization’s research and demonstration purposes. The Lowe Park Discovery Garden promotes a play experience that relies on natural elements including water, stone, native planting and unique play structures to create an environment that is unique in playground design.

Lighting Design Overview:

  • COMPLETE: May 2006
  • SIZE: 11,865 Sq. Ft. of New Construction
  • AWARDS:
    • 1000 Friends of Iowa - Best New Commercial Development Award - 2008
    • AIA Iowa Chapter - Design Award - 2006
  • SUSTAINABLE:
    • Certified LEED for New Construction v2.1 - Silver
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