Kalamazoo Nature Center

Heronwood Field Station

Kalamazoo, Michigan // 5,400 sq. ft.

Client Challenge

The Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC) had the opportunity to develop a new program to serve the needs of middle and high school age youth and college students. In partnership with the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency and Kalamazoo and Allegan County school districts, the KNC identified a beautiful, custom-built log home and barn nestled in 60 acres to house a new Natural Resources Conservation Center.

TowerPinkster Solution

TowerPinkster prepared a feasibility study which resulted in recommendations for site improvements and upgrades to the home and barn structure to convert the building into an educational environment for exploring natural resources. Renovations included creating a new lab for field research, converting the existing recreation room into a classroom, defining collaborative group rooms, restroom finish upgrades and converting a loft into open workspaces. The master bedroom was also converted into a group work area, and the existing enclosed porch became a new entry foyer. To provide room for visiting researchers, the garage was transformed into a living space. Lighting throughout the facility was updated with LED fixtures, and occupancy sensors replaced standard lighting control panels. Site circulation was also improved to accommodate buses, and a walkway platform was added over a large marsh area.

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